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Check out Book Art created at Riverdale High School

Photo 2 Photo 3Recently, Riverdale students personalized the lounge corner of the library with book art on the walls and on the table.  All you need to dress up the table like this is an old book of quotes and Modge Podge.  Students end up “reading the table”!

Submitted by S. Strano


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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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Bookmark of the Week: School Library Association Star Ideas

sla-logoWhen the fountain runs dry, I know that I can always count on some inspiration from SLA’s Star Ideas.  The ideas are categorized by month but you can really mix and match what works best for you!

Here is a sample of ideas:

  • Start a words on the wall campaign; posting extracts of books in strategic places around the school; canteen, toilet doors, main entrances

  • Run breakfast clubs with lots of newspapers available

  • Run a quiz to guess the book title in translation or identify the foreign cover

  • Organize speed dating events for recommending books

Submitted by Kathy Conroy from WWJR and Mount Pleasant Elementary


High School Program Ideas

Looking for some ideas to do in your high school library?   Here are a few for the upcoming months:

paper cranes decBook Crane Reading Challenge: 
Beaconsfield High School did this last year with amazing results.  I borrowed the idea this year for Westwood Jr.  This challenge does two things:  (1) Promotes reading and (2) spruces up your library ceiling.  At first the students were not motivated to read but once they saw the cranes going up, they jumped on board to help reach our goal of 1000 cranes (which means that they have collectively will have read 1000 books).  At Westwood Jr, we have 630 cranes up!


print 12Blind Date with a Book:

I use this activity in February.  I challenge the students to take out a book which has been wrapped up.   If they read the book and complete the small questionnaire that I put in the book, they have a chance to win a gift card to chapters or iTunes.  Since it is a Valentines Day activity, I also give each student who returns a book a chocolate.


fortune teller  Book Fortune Teller:

This is something that I will be trying in the month of March.  It is seems like a fun idea.  In this example they use large Popsicle sticks and write a call number on them.  On other examples I have seen specific titles put on paper that students then choose.  In another example, there was the old school fortune teller paper which has genres listed on the final opening.




In my google search, I also stumbled across this great link for passive library programs:

What ideas do you have to share?

Submitted by Kathy Conroy from Westwood Jr.

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Ten Alternatives to Book Reports by Mary Catherine Miller

Some really interesting ideas in this blog that you can share with your English teachers or even do as library programs.

Nerdy Book Club

I teach an undergraduate young adult literature course at a large research university. Many of my students take the course as a preparation for their future careers as teachers or librarians, while others come to the course looking for a general education requirement for literature. Throughout the class, my students read ten young adult novels. As part of a “reading log” for the class, they submit a response to each book we read. During my first semester of teaching, these responses were all written in the typical book-report style with a synopsis of the text and each student’s opinion of the story. After reading around 600 “book reports” in a semester, I decided something needed to change.

The list of options for student response has grown since that first class, and I find myself constantly updating my suggestions as my students come up with new and exciting ways to respond…

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Successful Culture in the School Visit at Dorval Elementary

Tif1In early November, Grade 2 students at Dorval Elementary were treated to 2-hour workshops with Quebec illustrator, Marisol Sarrazin. The workshops were made possible thanks to a grant from the Culture in the Schools program.

Students had the opportunity to learn about the process involved in creating and publishing books, as well as the work of an illustrator. Marisol explained that her parents were both writers and this was a major factor in her becoming an artist. The first books she illustrated were collaborations with her mother, children’s book author Ginette Anfousse.

This sharing session was followed by a hands-on session where students learned the art of using dry pastels to illustrate their favourite animals. Marisol encouraged students to look at what they might consider as mistakes as an opportunity to be creative and blend in more colours. The results were truly astounding!


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Do you have successful Culture in the School stories to share with us?

Submitted by Tiffany Clarke, Dorval Elementary School