Valentine’s Day–Closed at Lunch for Speed Book-Dating

A reminder that the library will be closed at LUNCH on Wednesday for our Speed Book-Dating event.  If you need to return, renew, or check out materials, please join us before school, at break, or after school.

If you’re participating in Speed Book-Dating, please arrive as quickly as possible (you can eat in the Library while we’re waiting to begin).  Your book (or cover photo if we don’t have a copy yet) and name tag will be waiting for you when you arrive.

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Find a new book to love! February 14th

Are you a wiz at finding books new readers to love them?  Or maybe you’re looking for a new book to love?

Sign-up for “Speed Book-Dating” to find a new book to capture your heart.  Forms will be available in the Library and from your English teacher.  Forms are due to the library by Thursday, February 8th.

We’ll find new books to love Wednesday, February 14th at lunch.

North’s twelfth annual Speed Book-Dating event takes place Wednesday, February 14th at lunch in the library. If you’ve never been to the event before, here’s how it works:

  1. Come down to the library right at the bell with your lunch.
  2. Place all bags and coats on tables and find the seat labelled with your name.  (If you’ve asked us to provide your book and we have a copy, it will be on your chair.)
  3. Eat your lunch while waiting for everyone else to arrive.
  4. When we begin, you’ll be paired with one other person who also has a book to share.  Introduce them to your book.  You can say what the book is about, why you think they’ll love it, and and/or what you loved about it.
  5. Next your partner will tell you about their book to love.  Remember (or make a note) of the book’s title if it sounds like a story you might want to spend some time with.
  6. Rotate and and do it all again with your new partner.

Most of the books are available in our library.  If you’ve forgotten which title stole your heart, we will also have a list of who presented what so you can easily find the books that made your heart flutter.

One of the Teacher-Librarians will go over these instructions again so relax and enjoy.

Thank you for supporting this annual event!

Note: The library will be closed to all other patrons during lunch.

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Vikings Talk…about Graphic Novels

This Wednesday (Jan. 24) come to the library to discuss Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff.  We’ll also talk more generally about graphic novels.  Do you have a favourite to recommend?  Are you new to graphic novels and looking for suggestions?  Everyone is welcome.

Meet in the Magazine Nook.  Bring your lunch (you can eat during Library Events) and we’ll provide Hot Chocolate.


Thanks to all who came.  We had a very lively chat about lots of different graphic novels.  It`s clear that graphic novels have some big fans at North.

For those who (over)heard our conversation about Squirrel Girl, here`s a video demonstrating just how natural her powers are:



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Library Club Yearbook Photo

Attention Library Club: We will have our club yearbook photo done on Tuesday, January 30th at lunch in the library. Please come to the library immediately at lunch so that we can get organised.

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Learn to Make Crochet Christmas Decorations;;Want to learn a new skill and get ready for holiday decorating and gifting?  Come; to the Makerspace Monday Dec. 11 & Thursday Dec. 14th at lunch to learn how to crochet a small Christmas light ornament.  No experience needed, just a willingness to learn.  We’ll spend the first session learning the basics of crochet while you work to craft your ornament.  It’s the perfect thing to personalise a holiday tree or to give to a friend (or teacher) this holiday season.  


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Bullet Journaling Workshop – Monday, October 30th.

Want an interesting and creative way to organise  your tasks and keep track of your life?

Join us for a workshop on how to make a bullet journal. It’s more creative and flexible than just making a list! You can adapt it for your own personal style; make it as fancy or as plain as you want. Bring your own journal/notebook to get started in and something to write with. You can eat your lunch at the workshop. 

Where: the library makerspace

When: Monday, October 30th at lunch

Who: You, hopefully

Sample pages from some bullet journals found online:

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 A few of my 2016 favorite bullet journal pages. from

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National Novel Writing Month is Coming!

November is almost here.  If you would like improve your writing by learning to silence your brain’s writing critic and write first-draft stories without judgment, then NaNoWriMo is the contest for you.  We care only about quantity.  Your writing quality doesn’t matter.  It’s a perfect opportunity for your to practice your English, your writing, and your freedom of thought. 

***Our first meeting AND Annual Photo will be at lunch in room 17 Wed. Nov. 1st.*** 

National Novel Writing Month – Registration Instructions

There are three levels of NaNoWriMo participation at Burnaby North:

  1. Secret (just for you!)
  2. Recreational (just for fun!)
  3. Competitive (fun and prizes!)

1. Secret Participants — If you just want to write a novel for the sheer joy of the exercise and don’t care if anyone knows you’re doing it, then go ahead… be a secret novelist. Just be aware that in order to keep your secret you won’t be able to use “I’m writing a novel” as an excuse for not doing your chores (I’m not saying it ever works, but you can always tryJ), or to participate in the school NovelNights, or to bounce ideas off other crazy novelists.

2 & 3.  Recreational & Competitive Participants — If you want to write a novel the sheer joy of the exercise and to join a community of crazy people sharing wacky ideas and consuming vast quantities of caffeine, you should register as an official participant with NaNoWriMo.  You will also be welcome to join any “write-ins” we host, either in 21 or the Library.  Watch the bulletin & our online classroom space for details.

  1. Fill in the online registration form from your Office 365 account AND…
  2. Register with the official competition run by “The Office of Letters and Light”. There are two options here:
  • If you want to join the official BNS group online, create your own word count goal (50,000 not required here) AND you have parental permission:
    • Register on
    • Use code RZBEQRFT to join the Viking Novel Nook
      • This site has resources for you to access and forums that are open ONLY to students in K-12 and their teachers.
    • If you are 13 or older AND want to access the regular (i.e. not school version) NaNoWriMo resources and forums AND have parental permission:
      • Register on
        • This site has resources for you to access and forums that are open to anyone in the world. These forums may contain objectionable content.

3. Competitive Participants — Submit your story to the word count validators. If you wish to be eligible for prizes you MUST submit your story (we won’t read it, only check your word count):

  • For BNS Prizes email your .doc or .rtf file to with the subject line: BNS nano
  • For official NaNoYWP or NaNoWriMo online bragging rights (depending on which site you’ve registered), follow the submission guidelines online for the website.

Ms J. Cowley, NaNoWriMo Club Sponsor

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Costume Workshop–Oct. 24 & 26 at Lunch

Are you ready for Hallowe’en?

Come learn the secrets of simple and easy costume-making from our own dress-up diva, Ms. Davis! 

Come to get ideas or figure out how to make your ideas happen.  Be resourceful and learn how to use what’s already in your closet (or the closets of your family members), to craft creative and easy costumes.

Tuesday Oct. 24 & Thursday Oct. 26 at Lunch in the Library Makerspace (you can eat during the meeting).

Phineas & Ferb--Homemade Costume

By The Conmunity – Pop Culture Geek from Los Angeles, CA, USA (D23 Expo 2011 – Phineas and Ferb) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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