Welcome back!

Welcome back!  I hope you all had a relaxing summer and read some great books.

This year the library will be open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Please come and see Mrs. Araujo in the library if you have any questions or would like to volunteer.


Monday, Wednesday, Thursday:        8:45 am-3:15 pm

Lunch: 11:50am – 12:15pm  (Wednesday, Thursday only)

Borrowing Policies:               4 books for up to 2 weeks

1 video/dvd (2 video/dvds BCSD students) for 1 week

1 magazine for 3 days

Book Exchanges:                   Our schedule is under construction.

 Intermediate students are encouraged to use the library more independently for book exchange and may exchange their books before and after school, at lunch and during scheduled open book exchanges.

 The Scholastic Book Fair may be postponed this year.  Come and see Mrs. Araujo if you have any questions or check the Library Blog for updates

Monday, October 24th is Drop Everything and READ Day

Stay tuned for more details!


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.

Celebrate TD Canadian Children's Book Week

Celebrate TD Canadian Children’s Book Week

“The Best Mess” –Nurturing Young Authors

Saturday, May 7, 2011
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Burnaby Public Library, Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch,
6100 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby, BC

Come on along!  This is a free event for children aged 9 and up – and parents, teachers, and Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable Members, too!

Now’s your chance to hear Ted Staunton, TD Canadian Children’s Book Week Touring Author, creator of over 30 books!    For more about his books, check out his web site:
You will find picture books,  the Morgan series for Grade 2 to 4 readers, the Dreadful Truth series of humorous looks at Canadian history, the junior novel Hope Springs a Leak, and YA sequels, Sounding Off and (new this year) Acting Up.

Meet BC authors and illustrators reading aloud and sharing their “best mess”— the process of creation unique to each one.  If you are an aspiring writer, you will pick up some tips and techniques to get you going.

Alison Acheson, author/creative writing instructor, Molly’s Clue (2010)
KC Dyer, young adult author, Facing Fire (2010)
Melanie Jackson, author, Fast Slide (2010)
Denise Jaden, young adult author, Losing Faith  (2010)
Rebecca Kool, author, Fly Catcher Boy
Sara Leach, picture book writer, Sounds of the Ferry
Jacquie Pearce, author, chapter book, Mystery of the Missing Luck (2011)
Max Tell, story teller, Monkey Mumbo Jumbo Show and (CD)

National Film Board of Canada

I am excited to announce we now have an online subscription to the

National Film Board of Canada.  Teachers will be able to show great films in their classrooms to enhance and support the curriculum.  Please go to the link on the Library Homepage under Online Resources or go directly to: http://www.nfb.ca/

I also encourage students and parents to visit the site at home.  Please come and see Mrs. Araujo in the library if you have any questions.

Earth Day Movie

Looking for a good movie to see on Earth Day?  Read this article from School Library Journal.  They recommend a new Disney movie, African Cats,  being released Earth Day, April 22nd.  Check out the movie site for a preview and more.  I’m hoping to add the books mentioned in the article to our library soon.

Tips for Talking to Kids about Japan's Earthquake

“It’s always hard to know what—and how much—to tell children when disaster strikes, and Japan’s earthquake and tsunami is no exception.”                             SLJ March 17, 2011

Read this article from School Library Journal for tips about talking with kids about the events in Japan.  It also includes some recommended books, some of which we have in the library.  Come and see Ms. Araujo in the library to check them out.

Literacy Fair and Student-led Conferences

This week South Slope will host a literacy fair and student-led conferences.  Visit the gym for the book swap, book walk and take a tour of the amazing literacy displays.  Mr. Douglas has lots of fun planned in the Music Room with recorder stations. The Library is open for the Scholastic Book Fair.

The computer lab will also be open for you to explore online resources.  If you have an email address, I invite you to leave a comment on this blog about the Literacy Fair and/or your visit to your child’s classroom.  Here are some sentence starters you could try:

I noticed…               I liked…                  My favourite part was….

This reminded me of…                 This was the same as/different than…

I wonder…              I think…                I learned…

We hope you have fun!

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming soon! Visit the fair next week in the library from Feb 21st to Feb 24th.  It will be open during student led conferences.  Every purchase supports your school library.   Parent volunteers are needed.  Please sign up outside the library or come and see Mrs. Araujo. Hope to see you at the fair!