Vikings Talk w/ Author – Last Dance

Winston Patrick was a lawyer who abandoned a successful law career to become a teacher at a Vancouver eastside secondary. He’s already known for having solved one of the school’s murders, now he gets in the admin’s bad books for representing a student in a human rights case – against the school. Soon things get deadly and Winston Patrick is, once again, caught in the middle and forced to figure things out before he himself gets killed.

Come join us at lunch on Wednesday April 17 when we discuss Last Dance by David Russell WITH David Russell! 

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Vikings Talk – The Fault in Our Stars

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The time has come Viking Readers. Vikings Talk is finally discussing John Green’s A Fault in Our Stars on Wednesday, April 3 @ lunch in the library. Want to know what all the hype’s about? Check out this recent review from our catalogue:

“I cannot rave enough about this book, as it is one of the few that I have read (ever) that seems to be perfectly written. I don’t think there is a soul in the world that can say it was terrible and believe it. John Green’s writing is sarcastically comedic and immensely moving at the same time. The Fault In Our Stars deals with pretty weighty issues, such as life and death, but does so in a way that you won’t feel completely depressed about it afterward. The protagonist’s emotional journey throughout the novel is a profound, enlightening one, and makes her seem much older than she is. This aspect of the story makes it a perfect read for adults and young adults alike. It is a guarantee that while you are reading, you will either be laughing out loud or actually thinking about the words written on the page. Truly a classic just waiting to happen, John Green has delivered his best book yet.”

Let us know what you think. Do you agree with this reviewer? What did you think of A Fault in Our Stars?

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BNS Poetry Contest

Do you have an ode, haiku, or spoken word slam to share about Burnaby North Secondary School? Winners will receive a prize & read their poem aloud at the 90th Anniversary. Contest rules & entry forms are available in your English classes!

Submissions due Tuesday, April 2.

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YRCA Voting

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YRCA Voting is Here! Have you read a YRCA nominated book this year and would like to vote for your favourite? If so, come down to the library and fill out a ballot! Here are the rules:

  • You must have read at least 2 books in a division to cast a ballot
  • You may vote in as many divisions as you want (having read at least two books in each)
  • You may cast only one vote in any division.
  • If you have voted at a public library, you can no longer vote at the school level.

School voting ends Tuesday, April 9th.

Can’t get enough of contest reading? Pick up a Viking Read 2013 book today! Voting begins in May.

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Vikings Talk – Night Circus

A circus known as Le Cirque des Rêves features two illusionists, Celia and Marco, who are unknowingly competing in a game to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters, and as the two fall deeply and passionately in love with each other, their masters intervene with dangerous consequences.

Bring your lunch and join us Wednesday at lunch in the Library when Vikings Talk The Night Circus!

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Vikings Talk – A Monster Calls

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Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill–an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss. Bring your lunch and join us in the library for our next Vikings Talk at lunch on Wednesday when we discuss A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. 

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Freedom to Read Week, Feb 25-Mar 1

Did you know that libraries are regularly asked to remove books and magazines from their shelves? Titles such as The Giver, Hunger Games, the Harry Potter series, and others have been and are continually challenged in libraries throughout North America. Come celebrate Freedom to Read Week by checking out our library display and showing support for challenged books!

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Speed Book-Dating 2013 A Big Success!

Burnaby North’s Speed Book-Dating 2013 brought “book love” into the lives of over 100 students, teachers, administrators and district personnel who participated in the lively event on Valentine’s Day.  Participants shared a favourite book with others and hopefully came away intrigued by several other titles.  Special thanks to our special guests, Mr. Kaardal, Superintendent of Schools, and Mr. Paré, District Literacy Co-ordinator.  Thanks again to all participants for making the event such a success!!

Click here for a list of the titles shared at Speed Book-Dating 2013.

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