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School Library Culture or Teen Culture?

I wrote last spring about having been displaced from my post of many years (  After what seemed like the longest summer on record, numerous changes in decision-making led to several posts.  Now, I have the incredible good fortune to return to “my” school, “my” students, “my” library.  That means that I may evaluate our transformation towards a 21st century high-school library that began last year.

PCHS1Renovations have been completed.  New technology has been installed.  MakerSpace kits have been assembled.  Students no longer have to wait outside our doors in anticipation.

Plans are underway to celebrate with a “grand opening.”  It’s time to find out if the results meet the expectations of students and staff.  An informal survey was carried out to guide us through the transformation.  They asked for café seating, fresh colours and easily re-configurable furniture.  They asked for more sofas and more technology.  They wanted the opportunity to “do” more – not just to read more.PCHS2

Judging by the numbers of teenagers using the space on their own time and the increased number of class bookings, it appears that we have a winner!

Is that because of our particular school’s culture?  We are lucky to have students from many cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.  Is it because our school offers diverse academic programs to suit our students’ needs?  Many schools fit that description.  Or is it simply that we value getting to know our community and include them in our planning?  It’s important to learn what distinguishes one community from another.  It’s equally important to learn what we have in common to encourage that sense of community.

21st century libraries belong with 21st century learning.  Today’s cellphone-carrying, social-media-obsessed, tech-savvy teens have much in common with one another.  They look forward to the chance to share their 21st century ideas.  Let’s remember to include them in the planning.

Submitted by C.-A. Case, Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School


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Instructables Offers Tons of Educational Do-it-yourself Projects to Use in Class with Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Check this out for how-to videos and guides, “from science experiments to amazing inventions,” as well as a source of maker projects for those looking to set up makerspaces  in their libraries.

Source: Instructables Offers Tons of Educational Do-it-yourself Projects to Use in Class with Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Meet the Recipients of the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award

Read about the winner, first runner-up, and editor’s choice for SLJ’s 2015 Build Something Bold Award, honoring creativity in school library programming that incorporates hands-on learning led by the librarian or media specialist.

Source: Meet the Recipients of the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award

Have a look at these blogposts and be inspired! 

Thank you to Caroll-Ann from PCHS for suggesting these links for sharing:

  1. Now THIS is a true 21st Century Library!

  2. Eight ways to rescue public school libraries from becoming obsolete.


Would you like to contribute to the blog, either by making suggestions of posts to reblog or by writing up and sharing your own ideas, experiences, or suggestions?  Please send all items to the blog editor ( and be ready to see yourself in print!


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SYNC Your Ears to Some Summer Reading!

Imagine your summer break as you lazily swing in a hammock. If you are like me, this probably seems like a guilty pleasure. You SHOULD be reading to get ready for the new school year. Never fear, once again SYNC audiobooks is here to offer you a way to both bone up on some reading as well as relax, and enjoy the sun and the fresh air.

SYNC audiobooks offers this great FREE summer program for young adults. Each week, SYNC gives away 2 complete audiobook downloads. One title is always something new and the second title is a classic that ties into the first one. Week 2 choices are Terry Pratchett’s Dodger paired with Dickens’ Great Expectations.

This year’s program started on May 7th and will continue over the next 14 weeks for a total of 28 free audio downloads geared to students 13 and up. You can sign up for email and text alerts @

SYNC has a great tool kit for teachers and librarians. The kit has downloadable bookmarks, posters and tons of printable material (banners, reminder cards, QR codes, etc.) that make sharing this info a breeze!

So, load up your device, plug in those earphones and listen up! The price is right.

Posted by:  S. Nesbitt – LBPSB Library Consultant


Can’t afford a 3D Printer right now? Invite one to come and visit your Library!

3dprinterAt our excellent professional development day on March 17, I was inspired by Joanne de Groot’s presentation of the makerspace at the Edmonton Public Library. In particular, I was fascinated by 3D printing, which is something I had not yet seen in action.

Some research revealed that $2,900 required to purchase a MakerBot replicator were not available to me, but there was a brand-new store in the nearby Pincourt mall, called MatterThings 3D, which offered a 3D printing service. This store is the first in Canada to do so!

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I approached the owners to propose that they come and do a presentation at Westwood Senior, and they were more than happy to oblige.

Last Thursday, the presenter arrived with three MakerBots, and set up in the library to make a presentation to Business & Entrepreneurship, as well as science students. The rest of the community was invited to come and check out the printers during the lunch hour.

All students in attendance, as well as their teachers, were fascinated by the presentation, which was not only on MakerBots, but also on the many applications of 3D printing currently in existence or in development (e.g. printing of vital organs).   During the presentation the printers were busy printing cellphone stands, which students got to take home.

Smitten by the idea of having something 3D printed for me, I have commissioned replacement game pieces for “Planet Earth Monopoly” from MatterThings and cannot wait to receive them.

MatterThings 3D is keen to do more school visits in the Montreal area to introduce the technology to staff and students. If you would like to find out more, check out their website, To see pictures of the visit at Westwood, check out .

Submitted by U. Wilkinson, Westwood Sr., Hudson

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School Library Renovations and Innovations: St. Anthony School

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photo 3Our librarian (library technician) at St. Anthony School, Suzanne Halton-Thom, has been very busy reorganizing and upgrading the collection of books in the library while construction crews are coming and going.  A new library/computer centre is being created over the next few months.  Principal, Joanne Malowany, has been doing a lot of research and is spearheading this project.  The students at this school are fortunate to have such a supportive principal who wants to maximize the multitude of benefits that a great library carries in the school.

The new centre will be  connected to the computer lab to become a new and exciting space.  In addition to a collection of wonderful books it will feature upgraded computers, iPads, Chromebooks, creative games, comfy seating and Kobo Readers.

photo 2What will it be called?  That is the question.  It will be a learning centre, maker-space, research and information centre and reading nook all rolled in one!  Any suggestions?

A new Smartboard has been installed.  The wall between the two rooms was removed last week.  New flooring, new paint colours for the walls and some new furnishings are in the works.  Mrs. Thom is very excited about this project and is busy planning different activities for the students when they will have their weekly visits next fall.

photo 1In the meantime, the books and computers are being moved right to left and back again as the work crews come and go.   The current set up is temporary, but in the interim, the students have had very little time away from library.  Things are happening and changing every week.  Stay tuned!

Submitted by:  Suzanne H-T from St. Anthony School