Hello everyone! I hope you and your family are well and managed to enjoy your Spring Break during these strange times. Like many of you our family has been trying to find ways to be positive by staying active, staying connected and finding activities we can do at home. I have been trying to stay informed, but not be overwhelmed. It has been a challenge. There is A LOT of information out there and it is important than ever to get your news from reliable and credible sources. (Image by Dariusz Sankowski from Pixabay)
One activity that I am always promoting is, of course, reading. I am sad that the library will not be open tomorrow and I will miss the opportunity to lend you some new books. If you have lots of books at home, please read and reread. If you’re looking for something new, here are a few resources you might want to try.
- Tumblebooks- a resource from Scholastic that our school district funds and many students are familiar with. Click on the link on the top right hand side of the blog.
- WEB RESOURCES- reliable resources to support inquiry of a variety of topics. Includes World Book, KnowBC, National Geographic and more. Click on the link at the top right on the blog or directly from the school website. If you need a password, please contact me. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your Public Library also has many great, free resources. Please read the message below from the Burnaby Public Library
Hey Burnaby: don’t have a library card? Our branches are closed, but you can now call us at 604-436-5400 and get one for free!
Use it to stay home and keep reading with our expanding e-book and audiobook collections in Library to Go or on the Libby app. Browse and borrow from thousands of titles for kids, teens and adults, fiction and non-fiction.
Or use your library card to access online resources so you can stay on top of the news, learn a new language, develop new skills, listen to music, watch independent films, and more.
During our closure, you can sign up a new library card over the phone, Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm.
Scholastic is also offering many resources for free during this time. Free digital subscriptions are available here and they also have a Learn at home page with lots of great resources and ideas.
Epic Books is yet another resource for reading online. You can sign up for free for 30 days and/or contact your child’s teacher to see if they have an account.
Also during the week of March 30, you will find details on our district website (www.burnabyschools.ca) about access to our newly created Continuing Learning Website. It contains self-directed activities for students at home.
You will receive additional information with links to access our new learning website this coming week.
Please also visit the Ministry of Education’s new website, Keep Learning, for suggestions for parents and caregivers to keep their children learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stay tuned to the Library Blog for more information and more resources in the days ahead. I look forward to supporting you as we all navigate these challenging times.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. —Dr. Seuss