Autumn

has arrived! After maybe the longest ever summer, autumn arrived this week.  We’ve already had a few cool mornings, but the sun has been shining everyday and it’s usually been really warm walking home after school.  But now the rain has come, and with it, that cold to your bones feeling.  While I don’t like the cold, I do like woolly clothes.  And we really need the rain.  The changes Read More …

Day for Truth & Reconciliation

This week we are taking time to stop and consider what Truth & Reconciliation means and why it is important.  What are truth and reconciliation?  What do they have to do with me?  Why wear an orange shirt?  These are all important questions and each one of us needs to contemplate our own role.  When it feels too big, too difficult, think on these words of Lee Maracle, a local Read More …

Happy New Year!

Another new school year has begun.  The sun is still shining but it’s chilly in the mornings as I walk to school.  As I was considering what to do for my first book display, I thought about the books I love and how I like to share them with others.  So… Ms. Griffith and I pulled some of the Books We’ve Read; We’ve Loved & [have] Given Us Joy.  What Read More …

Booksellers and Libraries

This Saturday was Independent Booksellers Day and I went over to one of my favourite, Iron Dog Books.  This is a small, but busy, bookstore.  The owners started with a bus, but now have this great little shop on Hastings.  I have other favourites as well.  Over in North Van, Edgemont Village, a great little community, is bookended by 2 stores; on the north end, 32 Books, and at the Read More …

Challenged & Banned Books

April is Literacy Month here at Burnaby Mountain.  While we’ll be saving the school-wide celebrating for April 11 – 14, here in the Library Learning Commons, we’re going to make a full month of it.  So we’re starting with a week that encourages you to think about your Freedom to Read. Books can take us to different times, different places, just … different.  Sometimes we see our own lives in Read More …

Happy New Year

Welcome to a new year – 2022.  I still remember the excitement of the new millenium, the 1900s sliding into the 2000s.  When I was young, looking ahead to that, it felt like the future.  But here we are, 22 years on, and things don’t feel all that different.  Except maybe the masks… I hope you had a good holiday.  It was one of my best.  A lot of reading, Read More …

A Christmas Carol.

In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas.  This classic Charles Dickens story, published in 1843, is as relevant to our world as it was to the Victorians.  Ebenezer Scrooge has, over his adult life, slowly grown to love money to the exclusion of all else.  It will take a review of his earlier life and a view of the future to help him recognize what he has become and Read More …

Nov. 25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women was issued by the UN General Assembly in 1993.  It defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.” Nearly 1 in 3 Read More …