Black History Month Podcast Recommendations

Below are a few podcast recommendations from the School Library Journal Article: Eight Podcasts About Black Changemakers. These short and sweet episodes all highlight a different important Black figure from history. Enjoy during Black History Month, or really any other month of the year.

Encyclopedia Womannica. “Warriors: Rosa Parks”

This I Believe“Muhammad Ali: I Am Still the Greatest”

Ted Talks Daily“Using Your Voice Is a Political Choice” – A talk by poet Amanda Gorman

Book Spine Poetry

At the end of last quarter we had a grade 8 English class in the library to create book spine poetry. After searching the space for interesting book titles, they stacked the books to create a poem. This was a fun activity which allowed students to be creative and to get to know the books in the library better. Below are their creations.

Open House Video

Take a tour of Alpha’s Library Learning Commons in our newly created video for the 2021 Open House. As parents and prospective students can’t come check out the space in person, we wanted to ensure that they could see everything it has to offer from the comfort of their own homes. Enjoy!

Attention All Gamers!

Platforms, gadgets cater to gamers' increased activities during COVID-19 - Thu, July 30 2020 - The Jakarta PostDo you love video games? Would you consider yourself a gamer? Are you looking for a novel to read, either for English class, or for fun? Well, you’re in luck! Powell’s Books, an awesome bookstore in Portland Oregon, has put together a list of “read-alikes” for popular video games. Basically, they have recommended a book for you to try if you like playing a certain game. I have copied and pasted the list below, or you can checkout Powell’s original post here.

The Last of Us –>Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Beyond: Two Souls –>The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Call of Duty: Black Ops (Zombies) –> World War Z by Max Brooks

Final Fantasy –> Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

Mass Effect –>Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Alice: Madness Returns –>Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Halo –>Starship Troopers by Robert A Heinlein

Portal –> House Of Stairs by William Sleator

Mario Kart –> The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

Dark Souls –>Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Life Is Strange –>We Are Okay by Nina Lacour

Stardew Valley –>How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Fable –> Young Elites by Marie Lu

Borderlands –>Velocity by Chris Wooding

Dishonored –>Airman by Eoin Colfer

The Oregon Trail –>Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Elder Scrolls series –>The Naming by Alison Croggon

Bioshock –>Dark Life by Kat Falls

Fallout –>Razorland by Ann Aguirre 

Assasin’s Creed –>The Way of Shadows Night by Brent Weeks

Dragonage –>Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

The Legend of Zelda –>Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Until Dawn –> Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Sonic –> Maximum Ride by James Patterson

Overwatch –> Bluescreen by Dan Wells

Uncharted –> Passenger by Alexandra Bracken 

Pokemon –>Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by JK Rowling, and Newt Scamander

Mario Party –>Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Come to the Library for a Book!

A friendly reminder as pandemic fatigue continues to set in, books are a great way to pass the time and to go on adventures in our minds when we can’t physically go anywhere! Stop by the library to check out up to 5 books. If you don’t know what to read, ask Ms. Haigh the Librarian and she would be happy to give you a recommendation (or two).

Public Library Art Contest

The Burnaby Public Library is excited to announce a new Teen Art Contest that will highlight the talents and concerns of the coming generation of youth in Burnaby. This year’s theme is “Perfect World”.

The lives of teenagers have been changed in many ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All are coping in different ways and we believe that creating art is a wonderful way to express how we are feeling at this time.  Whether you consider yourself a “doodler” or a “true artist”, we at the Burnaby Public Library invite you to submit artworks of your “Perfect World” for our Teen Art Contest.

This moment too is a historic time for the possibilities of hope. Whether you use the theme for escapism or to address issues you would like to see changed in our world, this winter break immerse yourself in a universe where the limitations of the ordinary are thrown out the window!

The winner and two runners up will receive gift certificates to DeSerres!

Contest closes Sunday, January 31 2021.

GSA Meetings

Every Friday at lunch the library is closed for the Gender and Sexuality Alliance Club to meet. Come on by if you’re curious about what the GSA is or how you can be involved. We are always happy to have new members!

Students enter for the meeting from the external library door.

SOGI Parent Info Session | Burnaby Central Secondary School

Our Library During Covid-19

It’s officially Quarter 2 and we are finally fully back into the swing of things. YES! the library is open. Come on by to do some work or to check out a book. We are open during class time and until 3pm after school. You can also come by Monday, Tuesday or Thursday at lunch.

We just have some safety protocols in place during Covid-19. See below for more details.