Dates/Times:

Wednesday, September 23rd

         12:15-12:55 and 2:00-5:00

Thursday, September 24th

        12:15-12:55 and 2:00-5:00

Introducing our Reading Mascot for 2015-2016!

Our Library Mascot needs a name!  He…or she… represents our library theme for the year: Reading is Magic!  But our Reading Dragon needs a name!  If you would like to name our Reading Dragon, here’s how:

Submit your very best creative story, poem, essay or video that features the Reading Dragon as the protagonist (main character).    Our staff will select 6 finalists.  Then, parents, teachers and students will be have a chance to vote in the library for their favourite name.

Deadlines for submissions are October 29th, 2015, so start writing!   See below for the contest guidelines.

Good luck!

GUIDELINES FOR THE “NAME OUR LIBRARY DRAGON” CONTEST:

–      one entry per student please

–      all entries need to include your name and division

–      submissions may be in French or English

–      contest open for all students, K-7

–      quality over quantity: maximum of 500 words

–      all formats are encouraged: prose, poetry, even video, BE CREATIVE!

–      a total of 6 publications will be selected, 3 from primary and 3 from intermediate

–      printed text must be neatly printed

–      contest closes 3:15 pm on October 29th, 2015

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battleBATTLE OF THE BOOKS!!!

 

Here are your 2015 Battle Titles.  Click on a title to learn more information about the book.

 arkARK ANGEL BY ANTHONY HOROWITZ
boyTHE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS  BY JOHN BOYNE

AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD FREE AT:THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS

 

ruleRULES BY CYNTHIA LORD
HOMEWORLTHE HOMEWORK MACHINE BY DAN GUTMAN
frankiFRANKIE PICKLE AND THE CLOSET OF DOOM BY ERIC WIGHT
belly upBELLY UP BY STUART GIBBS
my lifeMY LIFE AS A BOOK BY JANET TASHJIAN 
1111 BIRTHDAYS BY WENDY MASS
el deafoEL DEAFO BY CECE BELL
seesSEES BEHIND TREES BY MICHAEL DORRIS
EMPTY BY emptySUZANNE WEYN (alternate)

 

New titles to the Library!

CHECK THESE OUT!!!!

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Blood Of Olympus, Book Five

Author: Rick Riordan

Published October 7, 2014

Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them, and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake. The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it might be able to stop a war between the two camps. The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.
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GANSTA GRANNY

Author: David Walliams

Illustrator: Tony Ross

Ben is bored beyond belief after he is made to stay at his grandma’s house. All she wants to do is to play Scrabble, and eat cabbage soup. But there are two things Ben doesn’t know about his grandma: she was once an international jewel thief and she has been plotting to steal the crown jewels. Now she needs Ben’s help.

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Author: Katherine Rundell

Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck that left baby Sophie floating in the English Channel in a cello case, but Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help. Her guardian tells her it is almost impossible that her mother is still alive – but “almost impossible” means “still possible.” And you should never ignore a possible.  So when the Welfare Agency writes to her guardian, threatening to send Sophie to an orphanage, she takes matters into her own hands and flees to Paris to look for her mother, starting with the only clue she has – the address of the cello maker.  Evading the French authorities, she meets Matteo and his network of rooftoppers – urchins who live in the hidden spaces above the city. Together they scour the city in a search for Sophie’s mother – but can they find her before Sophie is caught and sent back to London? Or, more importantly, before she loses hope?

OCTOBER IS NATIONAL SCHOOL LIBRARY MONTH!

DEAROctober is National School Library month.

I challenge all classes to participate in the provincial DEAR (DROP EVERYTHING AND READ) EVENT.

This is scheduled for

Monday, October 27th, 2014.

At some point during the day, drop what you are doing and read for a minimum of 20 minutes!

Your brainS and imaginations will thank you!

For more information, check out the BC DEAR challenge website at:

http://bctf.ca/bctla/info/advocacy.html

WESTRIDGE LIBRARY READING CLUB

Just a reminder that the conclusion of the École Westridge Library Reading Club is rapidly approaching.  The deadline for submitting reading logs is May 31st.   Students who reach 100 nights prior to the deadline will receive a special surprise! Students who reach 200 nights of reading qualify for a free book!   

Just a reminder that reading logs are available online at: http://blogs.sd41.bc.ca/westridge-library/ecole-westridge-library-reading-program/ You can download the form, complete it online and email it to me at:

Brenda.Papapanagiotou@sd41.bc.ca.   Teacher-librarian – École Westridge

Intermediate Reading Club News

Congratulations to Max in Division 3.   He has won this month’s intermediate prize draw!   Great work Max!   Keep reading!

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE YRCA BOOK!

 

All this week, vote for your favourite YRCA Book.    The nominees for this year are:

JUNIOR DIVISION BOOKS

13 Treasures – Michelle Harrison                                                                                            Big Nate: In a Class by Himself – Lincoln Peirce
Fatty Legs: A True Story – Christy Jordan-Fenton
Lone Wolf – Kathryn Lasky
The Lost Hero – Rick Riordan
The Mysterious Howling – Maryrose Wood
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda – Tom Angleberger
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer – John Grisham

 INTERMEDIATE  DIVISION BOOKS

As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth – Lynne Rae Perkins
The Cardturner – Louis Sachar
Halo – Alexandra Adornetto
Heist Society – Ally Carter
The Red Pyramid – Rick Riordan
The Second Trial – Rosemarie Boll
Smile – Raina Telgemeier
Sorta Like a Rock Star: A Novel – Matthew Quick

 The deadline for voting is Tuesday, April 9th.  Vote here online!  Tell us about your favourite YRCA book!  My favourite book is THE CARDTURNER by LOUIS SACHAR.

ERIC WALTERS COMES TO WESTRIDGE!

On Tuesday, March 12th, Eric Walters visited Westridge.   All students had an opporunity to hear Eric Walters speak.    It was an engaging and entertaining experience.   I would like to thank the PAC Executive for funding this opportunity!  Thank you for supporting literacy in our school!

My favourite Eric Walters book is “Run”.   I really like how Walters combined fiction and nonfiction by adding real details about Terry Fox’s “Marathon of Hope”.    Did you know that Eric Walters donates all of his royalties from this fantastic book to the Terry Fox Foundation?   Click on the book cover to read a full description of this book. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is your favourite Eric Walters book?  Why?  Write a review here.

 

INTERMEDIATE GRAFFITI WALL POSTS

Intermediate Students: post your graffiti wall posts here!  Tell us the following:

1. The Title of the Book and Author

2. What the book is about (3-4 sentences)

Why you recommend this book to others (3-4 sentences)

3. What you rate the book out of 5 stars.

Do this for every 25 nights of reading and you will be entered to win prizes!