Stephen Hawking is Gone…

…but his books live on.  We have lots of copies of George’s Secret Key to the Universe.  Come sign one out for Spring Break and see why he is such a revered scientist and author.  The book is also part of our next Vikings Talk meeting on April 4, 2018.

Check out this article about the book and life:

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Want to Meet an Author?

Image c/o Kirkus Reviews

Join us in the library during Periods 1 or 2 on Wednesday, January 14th when author Elizabeth Stewart comes to the BNSS Library to discuss her latest book, Blue Gold. In addition to the Vikings Read Blue Gold, this local author has also penned The Lynching of Louis Sam (2012). Burnaby North has a long standing tradition of inviting guest authors to our school so come be part of the experience!

Come down to the Library to pick up an in-school field trip form to join our event on the 14th!

Can’t make it but still want more Blue Gold? Vikings Talk will be holding its session to discuss Blue Gold at lunch the very same day so bring your lunch and join us in the magazine section.

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Visit by Author Susin Nielsen


Students from a number of English 8 classes enjoyed a visit by Susin Nielsen, the author of Vikings Read 2014 nominee The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen.  During each of the two sessions Ms. Nielsen talked about her background, spoke of her three novels, and took questions from an interested audience.  The attentive students laughed throughout the presentation as Ms. Nielsen made references ranging from her work writing for and acting in the classic Canadian teen drama Degrassi Junior High to the tale of how two Toronto librarians tried on different occasions to get her book Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom into the hands of George Clooney himself at his home in Lake Como, Italy!  The students were even treated to a reading from Ms. Nielsen’s yet to be released next novel!!  Ms. Nielsen answered student questions on numerous topics.  She told the audiences how she gets through writer’s block (by continuing to write), laid out her favourite part of the writing process (“having written”, i.e., finishing the first draft), gave book recommendations (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and The Fault in Our Starts – among others), and revealed her favourite author when she was young (Judy Blume).

Students are encouraged to pick up a copy of Susin Nielsen’s work from our library.  Our collection includes:
Word Nerd, Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom, and The Reluctant Diary of Henry K. Larsen.

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Spring Events in the Library


All of April is Poetry Month – submit your poems and check out the Poetry Wall in the library all this month. Also, keep an eye on the school bulletin for contests!

Thursday, April 3rd – overdue notices will be distributed during period 1. Spring off to a good start by returning those overdues!

Wednesday, April 9th @ lunch – Vikings TalkThe Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

April 22nd – 25th is Literacy Week! Stay tuned for upcoming events such as a Scavenger Hunt, Movie Days, a Spelling Bee, and more. There will be prizes!!!

Tuesday, April 22nd during periods 8 & 7 – Susin Nielsin, author of Word Nerd, Dear George Clooney, Please Marry my Mother, and The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, will be visiting to discuss her work as an author. Interested in joining us? Come down to the library for an in-school field trip form.

Wednesday, April 23rd @ lunch – Vikings Talk The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

Wednesday, April 30th @ lunch – Vikings Talk Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey. Library overdue notices will be distributed during period 1.

Thursday, May 1st – Monday, May 26th – Vikings Read Online Voting! Vote for the one book you feel all Burnaby North Vikings should read!! First 100 voters will receive a prize.

Wednesday, May 28th @ lunch – Join us when we announce the winner for Vikings Read 2014.! There will be cake and door prizes, too!

Tuesday, June 3rd – All library resources due.

Thursday, June 5th – overdue notices will be distributed during period 1. All resources must be returned.


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Vikings Talk – Bombs to Books

David Starr served as an administrator of two of the most diverse schools in Canada, Byrne Creek and Edmonds. The parents of many of his students had to overcome harrowing events and circumstances in order to find safety in Canada.

Find out more about these remarkable people in our community when Bombs to Books author David Starr visits us TOMORROW at lunch in the library. 

Learn more about David Starr here.

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Author Visit: Gina McMurchy-Barber

On Wednesday, October 23rd, the library had the pleasure of hosting Gina McMurchy-Barber, author of Vikings Read nominee Free as a Bird.  Ms. McMurchy-Barber held a rapt audience of grades 8, 9 and 10 as she discussed her research into Woodlands Institute in New Westminster. In addition to an energetic reading of an excerpt of her book, McMurchy-Barber gave a fascintating presentation of the forgotten past of Woodlands, once know as the “Provincial Asylum of the Insane.”

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Maurice Sendak (June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012)

Maurice Sendak, image from the Associated Press

“And he sailed off through night and day
and in and out of weeks
and almost over a year
to where the wild things are.”
– Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of childhood favourites such as Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, and Bumble-Ardy, passed away on May 8th as a result of a stroke. He received the Caldicott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are in 1964.

Have you read any of Sendak’s books? If so, which is your favourite?


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