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Celebrate Asian Heritage Month

Canadian Asian Fiction in our school library collection



Today marks the beginning of Asian Heritage Month

OTTAWA, ONMay 1, 2021 /CNW/ – Today marks the beginning of Asian Heritage Month. This year’s theme, Recognition, Resilience, and Resolve, embodies pan-Asian diversity and the invaluable achievements of communities of Asian descent in all parts of Canadian society. It also acknowledges their resilience and perseverance in continuing to overcome adversity throughout Canada’s history.

During Asian Heritage Month, we honour the significant contributions that Canadians of Asian descent have made, and continue to make, in shaping our society from coast to coast to coast. This month also provides a unique opportunity to learn more about the vast diversity of Asian cultures, languages, cuisine, arts, and more.

Unfortunately, during the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen an increase in targeted anti-Asian racism and attacks in Canada. Hate and intolerance have no place in our society and the Government of Canada is committed to combatting all forms of racism and discrimination. Now more than ever, we need to be aware of the realities that Canadians of Asian descent face across Canada. As Canadians, we are proud of our diversity and it is our collective responsibility to stand together to denounce all forms of discrimination, including anti-Asian racism.

As Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, I thank the countless Canadians of Asian decent who have helped on the frontlines and in our communities in the fight against COVID-19. I encourage all Canadians from coast to coast to coast to learn more about the rich cultures, contributions, and history of all communities of Asian descent in Canada. This Asian Heritage Month, let us continue building a better and consciously more inclusive Canada for everyone. Keep well and safe.

Bardish Chagger
Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

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SYNC is a FREE summer audiobook program for teens 13+ sponsored by AudioFile Magazine, titles delivered through Sora the student reading app from OverDrive. SYNC introduces a variety of audiobook experiences to teens to demonstrate that reading can be completed by listening.

You have now registered for the SYNC program and can use Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive! You don’t need to be affiliated with a school to use Sora with the SYNC program.

The first two free audiobooks are




How do I set up Sora? 

      1. Download Sora from the Apple App Storeor Google Play Store, or go to soraapp.com in your browser.
      2. In Sora, tap I have a setup code (at the bottom of the screen).
      3. Enter this setup code: audiobooksync.
      4. Enter the email address you used to sign up for SYNC.
      5. Tap Explore (at the bottom of the screen) to see the week’s featured titles [SYNC 2021 starts April 29]


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.

shared by Walnut Grove Secondary School
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 .

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