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Families and students, let Burnaby Public Library know about the technology, creative tools and digital skills you need. Take a short survey online at https://www.bpl.bc.ca/survey? or visit the library and ask for a paper survey. The survey is anonymous. Your answers will help the library decide on activities and services and what it loans.



Summer Reading @ BPL







I wanted to share some more information about what’s happening at the Burnaby Public Library this summer.  This year the Summer Reading Club will be virtual.  There is a club for kids up to grade 7 and one for teens.  Click on the posters above to learn more.

Another exciting development is their new Paper Bag Pickup service.  You can order library items from the online catalogue and safely pick them up at your preferred BPL branch.  Click on the image to learn more.



I hope you all take advantage of what your public library has to offer this summer.  If you live in any community in BC, you can still join the Summer Reading Club.  Just visit your local public library website for information.

Check out the video below for an ASL welcome to the Summer Reading Club:


Reading Club reaches 250 Nights!

NY-250.svgOur Reading Club has reached 250 nights!  The last day to hand in your forms is Monday, June 20th.  Students will be recognized at our assembly on June 28th.  All those staff and students who completed 250 nights will be able to put their name in a school library book next week.  I will let teachers know when their students can come to the library and pick a book.

Don’t forget to join the summer reading club at the Burnaby Public Library and at libraries across BC.  Registration is now open. Click here for more details. sensa book a trip blk

Artist: Lee Edward Födi

Read my earlier post, Summer Reading, for reading recommendations and more.

Reading Buddies at BPL this summer

Reading Buddies at McGill and Metrotown Libraries this summer!

Would you like your child to have more reading practice this summer? Will your child be in grade 2, 3 or 4 this September?
This summer, Burnaby Public Library will be running two five-week long Reading Buddies programs. For more information, contact the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch (604-436-5420) or the McGill Branch (604-299-8955). Or visit us online at www.bpl.bc.ca/kids. Registration begins May 30th.


Reading online with Tumblebooks

Last week Division 8 came into the computer lab for their library storytime.  We listened and watched the very funny Let’s do Nothing by Tony Fucile on Tumblebooks.

Tumblebooks is an online resource that students can use to listen and watch great books online.  There are many books to choose from including Robert Munsch titles read by Robert Munsch! Click here to visit BPL’s page, Hear a Story, and explore Tumblebooks and other fantastic online reading resources.

Want to know how to access these great books from our library home page?  Check with students in Ms. Cole’s class or come and see Mrs. Araujo in the library.

Happy Reading!

Summer Reading and more

This afternooon South Slope/BCSD library will host our “Summer Adventures” storytime in the library after school at 3:15.  Students and caregivers will have a snack as they listen to stories read by some of our teachers.

Looking for some suggestions for summer reading…                                             

Check out the following:

Burnaby Public Library Book Lists grades 1 to 3

Burnaby Public Library Book Lists grades 4 to 7

100 Best Canadian Books for Children

OCEE Elementary School Summer Reading Lists

Want to try some online reading on your home computer, tablet or ipod?

International Children’s Digital Library

Storyline Online

Tumblebooks and BookFlix are also great online reading resources available through the BPL databases.

For more information about ebooks and online reading check out this article from School Library Journal:

Are Ebooks Any Good? Do digital books help young kids learn to read,or are they mostly fun and games?

Any questions?  Please come and see Mrs. Araujo in the library.  I would be happy to help you.

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Teen Summer Songwriting Workshop and Outdoor Concert

The Burnaby Public Library is offering a free workshop for teens on songwriting as well as an outdoor concert with local ska/rock band Ready Steady Go. It will take place at the Metrotown Branch on Friday, June 24th from 4:00 – 7:30 pm. Workshop is in the Metrotown program room at 4:00 pm, and the outdoor concert begins at 6:00 pm in Civic Square. Pizza is provided for those taking the workshop.

Learn the ABCs of effective songwriting and learn the essential ‘recipes’ for the basic structuring of a song. You don’t have to bring an instrument or even to know how to play one! This event is being hosted by singer-songwriter Gillian Hobbs, who released her debut album in 2008 and also performed at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Following the workshop, Gillian will be giving a live performance in Civic Square along with Ready Steady Go – a local teen ska/rock band who have been playing in the lower mainland for over seven years.

The workshop is free but space is limited – pre-registration required. Register online at www.bpl.bc.ca/events or by calling 604-297-4803.

If you have any questions, please contact Julia Nelson, Teen Services Librarian at julia.nelson@bpl.bc.ca, or 604-297-4803.