See the resemblance?









As many students and staff know, every Halloween I dress up as a book character. So far, I’ve been Olivia, Baby Mouse, Fancy Nancy, Pete the Cat, Chester, and the Queen of Hearts. This year, I was determined , and overly ambitious, to be the Mrs. Beamster, the Librarian from the Black Lagoon. The Black Lagoon books are a series written by Mike thaler. I had great fun making and assembling the costume. It was fun being her for one day. Thanks to the students who guessed who I was!

Rachelle Delaney Author Visit

rachelle1On Wednesday, October 19th, Rachelle Delaney, a local Children’s author came to Seaforth and did presentations to Divisions 4 to 10. Rachelle talked about the writing process , and how she gets her ideas for plot , setting and characters. She read and talked about her book, The Metro Dogs of Moscow which was a Red Cedar Book and which won The Chocolate Lily Award. The sequel to this book, The Circus Dogs of Prague is a YRCA Junior division book this school year. Rachelle’s delightful and insightful presentations have motivated many of the students to read her books. Another testament to how inspiring Author visits can be for children!

Mo Willems visits Vancouver!

mo & me,MAOn Friday, June 10th , Mo Willems came to Vancouver, the only Canadian city he was visiting on his North American tour. Kidsbooks hosted the event and it was sold out within 24 hours so  it was a real privilege to get a ticket to see him. I got a front row seat! He is as entertaining in person as he is on video. He made everyone put their phones and cameras away because he really wanted the audience to be fully engaged and be in the moment. He read The Thank You book with so much expression and then read us the draft copy of his next book. I am not going to do a book spoiler but  to prepare you for it, get your mind thinking about all the words that end with ‘et’ and ‘ette’. Maybe brainstorm and make a list of words you know with those endings. This new book will be available next school year. After reading us the two books, he took a few questions and then signed books. At that point we could take photos. So here I am with Mo! I like to call it ‘Mo & Me!”. I also gave him Sarah L.’s journal entry about Elephant & Piggie being at the Seaforth Stampede Sports Day. After Mo reads it, I’m hoping he will take the time to contact Sarah or myself about it. Here is what she wrote:


Library closes Thursday, June 9th

girlbyshelfPlease return your books by June 9th!

Yes, it’s that time of year again! It’s June and the school library must close on June 9th so that I can get all the books back by June 29th and also to carry out the annual district-mandated library inventory. So, students need to return their books by June 9th and their cooperation is appreciated. After that date , students are encouraged to go to the Burnaby Public Library to get their reading materials.

Freedom to Read week – Feb. 21 to 27

bannedbooks2016This week is Freedom to Read week, a time to stop and reflect about our rights as readers. Intermediate classes were shown some of the banned and challenged books that are in our school library and were taught what about censorship. It was very informative and enlightening for some classes and the discussions were interesting. Some of the students were surprised to see that some of their favourite books and medal winners had been challenged or banned by individuals and/or organizations in the past in different regions of Canada and the USA.

National Flag of Canada Day – Monday, Feb.15

flagintreesThis Monday was National Flag of Canada Day so many of the classes this week learned about our flag and its history. On February 15th, 1965 the Federal Government  voted to replace the Red Ensign with our current flag. Classes learned about the significance of the maple leaf and the colours of the flag. I am a proud Canadian and feel students should know as much about their country as possible.  The library has a good selection of books, both in French and English, about the Canadian flag. Click on the photo for more information about our national flag.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Happy Valentine’s Day! Thank you to all the students who spoiled me with valentines and edible goodies today! I love this little card I got from a family. I love my job as teacher-librarian at Seaforth , mostly because  the students love to read and love their school library!

Love your School Library Day

heartsBesides being Valentine’s Day, February 14th is also the BCTLA’s Love your School Library Day. It is a day to remind all of us of the important roles the school libraries play in supporting the curriculum and in making every child a life-long learner. Roch Carrier, author of The Hockey Sweater, stated that libraries are “the heart of a school”. Let’s remember this on February 14th and every day! For many children, it is the only library they have access to, so it is even more important that every school has a library and a school-librarian.

I love what two students wrote about school libraries: