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Scholastic Book Fair Feb 19-22

The Scholastic Book Fair will be back Feb.19-Feb.22 and will be open during student led conferences on Thursday. Parent volunteers are needed! Please sign up on the sheet outside the library or speak to Mrs. Araujo.  

Come and visit the fair to find a great read and support your school library!

Literacy Week 2018

Literacy Week January 22nd-26th : What did we do during Literacy Week?

We started things off at our assembly on Monday. We were treated to a special Readers’ Theatre performance by the South Slope staff who performed The Little Red Hen.

Our school-wide read this year was Draw the Line by Kathryn Otoshi. Many classes also read her other books One, Two and Zero in the library.  Students made many connections to Otoshi’s messages about tolerance, acceptance and friendship.  All week classes read and responded to Draw the line in the library and in classrooms. Have a look around the school to see what’s been happening.

On Tuesday the fun continued with the Book Swap. Thank you to everyone who donated a book or more!

On Wednesday everyone was invited to dress up.  Some of us dressed up as their favourite character from a book and others wore t-shirts we could read.

On Thursday, we had special guest readers and ASL storytellers for every classroom from the Burnaby School district and the community. Guest Readers: Gordon Li, Tanis Anderson, Pietro Calendino, Patricia Finlay, Raj Chouhan, Victoria Lee, Shirley March and the Burnaby Fire Department.  ASL Storytellers: Dorothy Crombie, Peggy Fee, and Eileen Edgar.

Throughout the week there was Book Trivia and Drop Everything and Read (DEAR).

Finally, we had PJ Day and a wrap up assembly on Friday. BCSD Staff performed One by Kathryn Otoshi.  Our leadership students performed their own reader’s theatre of Little Red Riding Hood.  Division 15 from BCSD also shared a great movie they made retelling Draw the Line in ASL. Finally, we also watched a short slideshow of the week’s events.

What a great week! Thanks so much, everyone!

Literacy Week 2018

Canadian Picture Book of the Year

For the past few weeks several classes have been reading some fabulous Canadian picture books.  The books were chosen from the nominees for the Marilyn Baillee Picture Book of the Year as well as the Governor General’s Literary Awards nominees.  We created criteria to help us decide on what makes a great picture book. Then we read a different book each week and discussed how the book met the criteria for us.  Finally we will vote on our favourite.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner! 


Author Shane Peacock visits South Slope/ BCSD

On October 30th author Shane Peacock visited our school. He told us that as a young child he didn’t really like to read, but he loved stories. He told us to read what we’re interested in and also write what we’re interested in.  We also learned about an amazing Canadian, The Great Farini, and how he crossed Niagara Falls. Mr. Peacock read his picture book, The Artist and Me, to some of the classes.  He also read from Death in the Air, the second in the Boy Sherlock Holmes series, and left us wanting to hear more. Come and check out his books from the library!

DEAR Day Success!

What a great day we had: pajamas, stuffed animals and reading! Thanks to everyone for participating.  Reading is a beautiful thing!

Welcome back!

Welcome back to another exciting school year! I hope everyone had a wonderful summer.  

You may have noticed the link to the library on the school website has changed. Now, when you click on library you will go straight to the library blog.  On the right hand side you will see links to the catalogue, home page, web Resources and Tumblebooks.  Just click on the one you want. If you need any help, please come and see me in the library.

I hope you all had a wonderful summer and read some great books.  Here is some of the reading I did:



What were some of your favourite reads this summer? Share on the padlet below.

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The library program has some exciting opportunities in store for your child this year:
• Our curriculum will be promoting the very best of children’s literature to your child with activities designed to help students enjoy the stories even more.
• We will be doing our very best to get (or keep) your children “hooked on reading” by recommending specific reading materials to each individual.
• At each grade level, students will be learning information literacy skills specifically suited to their developmental needs.
• The iPads will continue to be used for learning and exciting new projects!  We have 25 iPads for students to use.
• We have a lot of special events being planned: author visits, DEAR day, book fairs, Literacy Week, the home reading club, and more!
• If you would like to volunteer to help in the library, please let me know. We’d love to have you.

Upcoming Events:

Scholastic Book Fair: Monday, September 18th until Thursday, September 21st. Parent volunteers are needed.  Please see me in the library or look for the sign up sheet on the library bulletin board.

Reading Club: Our reading club begins again on September 26th.  Notices will go home the week prior.  I encourage all families to make reading for pleasure a part of your day, every day.

Check out the library blog for more information and updates throughout the year. You can access it from the school website under the library tab or go to:
Use your smartphone to find us too! (A great app for scanning QR codes is i-nigma)

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Questions? Comments? Please come and see me in the library. I’m looking forward to an exciting year!

June News

Tumblebooks is back!

Great news! Our school district now has a subscription to Tumblebooks from Scholastic. This is a great site to find story books, non fiction, videos and more.  

Read and listen to some of your favourite books any time from the link on school website under Library or click on the link on the left hand side right here on the Library blog. 

Comments or questions?  Please come and see me anytime in the library or leave your comments here. 

Scholastic Book Fair and Student Led Conferences

The Scholastic Book Fair is now open in the library until the end of Student Led Conferences, Thursday, Feb 9th.  Please come by, find a great read and help support your school library!