Reading Club reaches 50 Nights Nov. 14th

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve almost completed 50 nights of reading. 

After November 14th you can drop off your yellow forms in the library and pick up your new orange form for 100 nights.

Students’ names will be posted on the bulletin board across from the library and beside the lunch room.  We will recognize the Reading Club as a group at the assembly on Nov. 28th.  There will also be a draw for some great books for some lucky readers!

Thank you to parents for helping your child develop a lifetime habit of reading.

How far do you think we’ve traveled? Remember that 50 nights = 50 km. Every student or staff member who completed a form would count as 50 km. Post your answer here and the closest estimate will win a prize at the assembly.  Please include your first name and division in your comment.

YRCA Books Released This Week!

The YRCA books will be available the week of Nov 14th to all students in grades 4-7.  I will talk to each class about these books this week.  There are some fantastic books this year.  Even some of the teachers (and our principal) are reading them. See how many you can read.  Before we vote, we will have some YRCA book club meetings in the library at lunch. Stay tuned for more details…and check the YRCA page for updates and links to book trailers and web sites for each book.

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Who can vote? – Anyone in grades four through seven who has read (or has heard read) at least two titles from the list.

When do we vote? – Between March 15 and April 15.

Where do we vote? – Mrs. Araujo will provide the ballots.

When are the winners announced? – In mid-April.


Thank you to all of you who participated in our Drop Everything and Read Day! Everyone looked fabulous in their pajamas. To see more photos please come see the display in the hall outside the library doors.

DEAR day and Pajama Day Oct 24th

When do you like to read?  Many of us at South Slope/ BCSD like to read before we go to bed. So… we’re inviting everyone to wear their pajamas on Monday, Oct. 24th.  At 12:15 everyone will Drop Everything And Read until 12:35.

Looking forward to a cozy reading time!


Scholastic Book Fair Oct. 3 – Oct. 7 Room 219

The Scholastic Book Fair is here! Visit the fair next week in room 219 from Oct. 3 to Oct 7th.  It will be open at lunch and after school.  Every purchase supports your school library.   Thank you to the parents who are running the book fair this year.

Hope to see you at the fair!

Reading Club Begins!

Welcome to the Reading Club!  Every student and staff member at South Slope/ BCSD is automatically a member of the club.  This year we want to put the focus on community and recognition.

When your child student completes their reading record form, s/he returns the form to school and receives a new form.  Students will be recognized individually on a bulletin board in the school and as a group at our Celebration of Learning assemblies.  Students who complete 250 nights of reading before the end of June will have a book dedicated to them and placed in our school library.

Our community goal is to “Read Around the World”.  50 nights of reading will equal 50 kilometres. The more students and staff who participate; the farther we will travel.  We will have a school-wide celebration to celebrate how far we travel!.


Parents can help by encouraging their child to read every night (or be read to) for a minimum of 15 minutes and then sign the reading record form. 

Thank you for helping your child develop a lifetime habit of reading!   Please come and see me in the library if you have any questions or comments.

Mrs. Araujo


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 or by calling 604-297-4803.

If you have any questions, please contact Julia Nelson, Teen Services Librarian at, 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)

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.