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Hackerboy Fans Get Surprise Visit from Author Julie Champagne!

IMG_1470This past winter, the Grade 6 students at Dorval Elementary read the French novel, Hackerboy by Julie Champagne. The storyline had even the most reluctant readers hooked. They were so inspired that they decorated their classroom using the theme of the book.

IMG_1455Their enthusiasm spilled over to their weekly library visits. After seeing them talk about the book, it got me thinking that it would be nice to invite the author to the school next year. In reality, it would be even better if she could visit this year and capitalize on the excitement. Unfortunately, time was running out since the year was almost finished, plus I had no idea if she would even be available but I decided to give it a try anyway. After a few emails, the visit was booked for May 1.

 The Grade 6 teacher and I decided to keep the visit a secret from the kids. What better way to really surprise them!


It is not an easy task to keep the attention of Grade 6 students on a warm, sunny day in May, but the visit was a huge success! The kids were extremely enthusiastic, and Julie is an amazing presenter. She started off by asking them about their favourite comedians and interests. As she put it, they knew lots about her, but she wanted to get to know them. Instead of simply talking to them for an hour straight, she then played a true or false game, where the kids held up cards based on different statements that she read out. She also got the students to create aliases based on their personal names. These names were put in a draw for the winners to win prizes. The kids were able to share their projects with her as well.


This was one of the best author visits I have been to in a long time. Julie Champagne will be returning to Dorval next year for sure.

Submitted by Tiffany Clarke from Dorval Elementary and Quebec Reading Connection

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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

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Don’t Let the Pigeon… Party

Elementary Librarians – check out this great idea for your storytimes!


DVD853Yesterday we had a fun Pigeon party at the library for our young elementary school kids (Kindergarten – 2nd Grade), sadly we only ended up with 12 kids in attendance, but they definitely had fun!  I made this program really easy by using the Pigeon’s 10th Birthday Celebration Activity Kit.

From this kit we first learned how to draw Pigeon (pgs. 5-7) – I really liked the way they taught how to draw Pigeon, tracing and breaking the paper into sections to draw each part.  The kids did a really great job drawing – I was impressed by how well they followed the directions (not an easy task for little ones).

After we learned how to draw Pigeon, we then made our own Pigeon and Duckling finger puppets (pgs. 8-9).  These were so cute and it was a great way to give the kids a chance to practice their…

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Book Discussion: Lulu and the Brontosaurus

Looking to start a book club with your younger grades? Lots of great suggestions in this blog from Literacious!


luluI just finished a small book discussion with six 3rd & 4th graders about Judith Viorst’s book, Lulu and the Brontosaurus.  The kids overall found the book very good and enjoyed the comedic approach to Lulu’s tendency for tantrums.

I structure my third and fourth grade book discussions a little differently than I would for my older kids because I have found that this age group, although great about reading the book and answering questions, has a much more difficult time with the discussing part.  They can each individually answer my questions, but often have trouble piggybacking off each other’s ideas to create a real discussion.  That being said, the kids really like talking about the book itself!

After we discuss the book for 20-25 minutes, I provide an activity for the kids to do that can be integrated into the story.  Tonight we made baby dinosaurs that hatched…

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