Our Library App is Live

You can now search the Library Catalogue and manage your library account from your phone in the dedicated Destiny Discover app.

While the Library is closed for exams, this can help you find the books you want so your visits during open hours can be efficient!

The app is available for:

  • iOS 13 and later
  • Android v6 and later

To download it, visit your device’s app store and search for “Destiny Discover.”

Complete information how to set-up the app is here: https://destinydiscoverhelp.follettsoftware.com/Content/Destiny%20Discover/Topics/DDApp.htm

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AP Exam Period–Library Hours

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Book Review–The Picture of Dorian Gray

A book review by Erick Chae

The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of the classics, set in early Victorian England. This novella follows the story of a man named Dorian Gray. He is a fine young man who is from an aristocratic background, but is always positioned with the lower classes. One day, Dorian receives a gift from one of his talented friends: Basil, who gives him a portrait of Dorian himself. Dorian takes pride in his portrait and gratefully receives the gift not knowing how the portrait is capable of changing his life.

This book deep dives into identity, youth, and insanity with various philosophical questions laid out. This novel has a gothic atmosphere with the environment of fear and dark supernatural forces. Throughout the story, Dorian transcends into madness, horror, and finally death which came from his actions. From sweet summer mornings to dark and grisly nightmares, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about a character who deteriorates as the story goes further. This novella teaches us about the consequences of our own actions and how actually horrifying and influential they are to our health. This novella also teaches us about the dangers of having bad influential friends. We may convince ourselves that they are good, however, to other’s views, they might be awful. This novella is very short with only 288 pages and I would recommend this to people who enjoy short stories that have many meaningful concepts. 

I love how even though this novella was published over 130 years ago, we still learn from this outdated book. Oscar Wilde wrote in a letter that Dorian Gray is a character who he wants to become.

A fun fact about this author is that he knew Arthur Conan Doyle who was the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories.

Conan Doyle wrote of his first impressions of Wilde, noting “His conversation left an indelible impression upon my mind. He towered above us all, and yet had the art of seeming to be interested in all that we could say. He had a delicacy of feeling and tact, for the monologue man, however clever, can never be a gentleman at heart. He took as well as gave, but what he gave was unique.” (via Crime Reads)  He also defended Wilde’s writing against his critics.

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Questions about Sex? Bodies? Health? Relationships?

Find answers from the Library!  Check out our new catalogue collection about sexual health and education.  It includes books and online resources to support student learning about bodies/puberty, menstruation, sexual health & safety, healthy relationships, pregnancy/miscarriage/abortion, and the things people with bodies should know.

If we don’t have a resource on something you think we should have available, drop us a note or use the ‘Request a Book’ options .


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“How to Be A (Young) Antiracist” Author Event

Watch authors Ibram X. Kendi and Nic Stone as they discuss their book How to Be A (Young) Antiractist in the Gallery (via Flip) on Thursday, February 16, 2023.

Have questions?  See your English or Socials teacher.

If you want to attend, see Ms Byrne to request a Field Trip form.

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Artona Photos in the Library Feb. 1

Limited Services Only, blue text on orange backgroundDue to the school photo session in the Library the morning of Wednesday, February 1st, access to some Library spaces/resources will be limited.

Please do not send students for book/materials exchange or printing as our spaces will be reconfigured to accommodate the photos.  Thank-you.

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For Learn to Crochet workshop

Here are some links to good crochet instruction websites and also a few good beginner projects.

Planet June is one of my favourites for tutorials. Bonus: she has left-handed tutorials as well.

Some good beginner amigurumi patterns at Little World of Whimsy

10 Easiest Amigurumi Patterns in 2023 (With Step by Step Photos)


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Iron Widow–Revisioned medieval China makes a great read

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao is a written hybrid of a sci-fi fantasy world with the story of China’s only female emperor in history. It begins out with a young village girl, bitter at losing her sister. In her attempt to take revenge, she performs the seemingly impossible and rather than be killed for her actions, she ends up in a complex political situation alongside her two partners (this book has a polyamorous trio). The book has a vaguely romance-based plot with a lot of discussion about sexism then and now, and about a young woman learning to overcome the roles that men have placed upon her to make her weak. It is a dark book with some rather mature themes, and I wouldn’t recommend it to people looking for a bit of silly action. However, I still loved this book and would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone willing to listen, as the book has good worldbuilding, a well-built storyline, excellent action and moment-to-moment sequences, and good character writing.

The author of Iron Widow, Xiran Jay Zhao, is a Vancouverite author who went to Simon Fraser University, with Iron Widow being their first ever book. Despite this, Iron Widow was a mind-blowing read that will keep you entertained for however long it might take you to read it.

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