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Teacher Librarian with your RESEARCH questions lisa.strong@burnabyschools.ca



Webpath Express 
Tired of getting poor results from your search engine?  SweetSearch allows you to quickly search through over 35,000 websites that have been hand-selected by a team of research experts as credible resources for students.

Tired of getting poor results from your search engine?  SweetSearch allows you to quickly search through over 35,000 websites that have been hand-selected by a team of research experts as credible resources for students.

WolframAlpha is a computational search engine that actually figures out the answer to your factual questions by searching reliable data sources.  That’s very different from your average search engine which sends you off to websites and makes you look for the answer. WolframAlpha can help you with your Science, Math, History, and Technology-related queries.  Want to know the current population of Nigeria? Or proof your chemical equations? Watch the introductory video to become familiar with the different features of this amazing tool!

Creative Commons Images

Flickr’s Creative Commons 
Search thousands of images that can be reused for free! Flickr explains the different types of Copyright Licences, to help you understand to what extend you can use each image.

Creative Commons Search

Find images, media, music and video that you can share, use, and remix!  This set of search engines, such as Google, Flickr, and Pixabay , helps you find free content you can use legally online.

Royalty Free Stock Images, Videos, Audio, Fonts and more! Here you find a variety of media that can be used for free and does not need a link to where you found it!


Smithsonian Open Access

For the first time in its 174-year history, the Smithsonian has released 2.8 million high-resolution two- and three-dimensional images from across its collections onto an open access online platform for patrons to peruse and download free of charge. Featuring data and material from all 19 Smithsonian museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives and the National Zoo, the new digital depot encourages the public to not just view its contents, but use, reuse and transform them into just about anything they choose.

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Mr. C. Janzen, Teacher Librarian

Burnaby Public Library Teen Summer Reading Club

The Teen Summer Reading Club 2020 begins Friday, June 19!

A huge thank you to Jessica, whose artwork, Dispersion, won our Teen Art Contest and will be used on all of our posters and flyers for the Teen Summer Reading Club! Keep an eye out also for our special edition bookmarks with artwork by runners-up Coeleste and Portable Magic which will be available in the fall.

What is the Teen Summer Reading Club?

Each summer Burnaby Public Library runs the Teen Summer Reading Club throughout June, July, and August. Teens entering grades 8 to 12 in September are eligible to participate.
In light of ongoing physical distancing, BPL has envisioned this year’s Teen Summer Reading Club as a fun virtual program, that engages readers of all ages with ideas for things to read or do.

Whatever your genre, read what you love, and don’t apologize for it!

How do I participate?

There are 3 ways you can participate in this year’s Teen Summer Reading Club:

1. Book picks and Bingo cards

Check out our weekly book picks and download our Bingo cards to keep you busy all summer. These can be downloaded from our site and used to inspire your next read.

2. Write Reviews!

Starting on June 15th, teens can participate in the Teen Summer Reading Club by writing reviews! This is a great opportunity for teens who love to write. Any book, movie, audiobook, graphic novel, or music album that is available at the library can be reviewed. Write three reviews and win a prize!

The entry form can be found here.

2. Art Poster Contest: Inclusion.

Create an eye-catching poster design to promote social justice and inclusion. Your poster should include a positive message that lets viewers know that the business they are entering is a safe space. We will select 3 posters to be printed and distributed at Burnaby Public Library and in various venues that choose to promote inclusion and acceptance. Posters will be judged on original content and creativity, so show us what inclusion looks like to you.
Selected posters will win gift cards from Spotify, DeSerres Art Supplies, and Indigo books.

Submit your poster here!

How to Join

The TSRC lasts 8 weeks and there is no registration to join!

Win Prizes!

There are 2 ways to win:

  1. Review 3 books for a small prize
  2. Enter our Summer Art Poster Contest for a chance to win even bigger prizes.

Questions? Call or text Teen Services Librarian at 604-314-2480 or email .

J.K. Rowling Releases New Book Online Now

This morning, J.K. Rowling announced on Twitter that she will be releasing an unpublished manuscript online, chapter by chapter, every weekday from today through July 10.

“The first two chapters of The Ickabog will be going live in a couple of hours time. Whether you read it yourself, or have it read to you, I hope you enjoy it,” Rowling tweeted.

The Ickabog is a standalone fairy tale and has nothing to do with the Harry Potter universe, according to the bestselling author, .

Not only that, The Ickabog will be traditionally published in November, and Rowling is conducting an international competition for children to illustrate it.

Inspired by Ryan McLean and Isaac Lewis (EA).

Everybody Needs a Rock
by Byrd Baylor was published in 1974. The story outlines ten simple, but important rules to finding the perfect rock and inspires the reader to follow the rules and go out to find their own special rock.

Everybody Needs A Rock Rules:
Find your rock anywhere.
Shhhhhh… choose a rock quietly.
Look at your rock eye to eye.
Don’t choose a rock that’s too big.
Don’t choose a rock that’s too small.
Choose a rock that fits into your hand.
Look for the perfect color.
Choose a rock that has an interesting shape.
Sniff your rock. (they all smell different!)
Don’t ask for help. You can do this all by yourself.

Messages on rocks help one neighborhood cope with coronavirus ...

The underlying message of this book may be that everyone needs something solid to hold onto during challenging times.  It is also a gentle reminder to take time to notice and connect to nature and to the things that really matter.

Adrienne Gear suggests (in her blog) to create “A Giving Back Rock” by painting a special word or message on a rock and leave it outside of someone else to enjoy.

Thank you Adrienne Gear for sharing these ideas to encourage all of us to be present with nature, especially on this upcoming May Long Weekend.

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