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National Reading Campaign

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The Reading Matters Campaign is a Canada-wide campaign to share the love of reading. As the website says, libraries are often the place that children encounter a love of reading when encouraged by mentors and parents.

On the website the National Reading Campaign asks us to engage our library patrons to become involved in an online conversation about reading. “We’re asking readers to share their stories with us on readingmatters.ca: readers can post words, pictures, or video to express what reading has done for you. Reading has done so much for so many, and we think it’s time to return the favour. We’re asking librarians to help spread the word on social networks, make readingmatters.ca the homepage on library computers, and encourage library patrons to join the conversation.”

Check out the link above for the librarians’ toolkit to promote this campaign. There are resources to use personally or with your patrons/students and teachers. For example, there are downloadable posters, bookmarks, and an infographic to post in your library.

Readerly, the blog, has lots of latest news in the reading world, lists of literary award winners, book reviews, quizzes, surveys, parents’ toolkit, teachers’ toolkit, etc.

Specific projects are Reading Matters, Aboriginal Policy Initiatives, CanLit for New Canadians and the National Reading Plan. There is not much going on in Quebec officially with this initiative, but there are elements that can be used and adopted by any library to promote reading.

A last quote from their website:
“Reading is 68% better at reducing stress than listening to music, 100% more effective   than drinking a cup of tea, and 700% better than playing video games”

Enjoy!

Submitted by Meg Sinclair, LBPSB Board Librarian


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What are your top 5 teen books?

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One of the main objectives of this site is to share information.  I would love to know which teen books you are recommending to the students?

My top 5 book recommendations are:

1.  The Summoning Series by Kelley Armstrong (for those who love paranormals)

2.  Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (for the sci-fi- action adventure readers)

3,  I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson (reality fiction readers)

4.  Just Deserts by Eric Walters (for reluctant boy readers)

5.  I am Malala by Malala Yousafzi (for those who enjoy biographies)

Please use the comment box to let everyone know what you are recommending!

Submitted by Kathy Conroy from WWJR


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Bilingual Story time at Riverview, St Lawrence Academy Jr. and Sunshine Academy Elementary School

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Last year, I started a bilingual story time. Teachers and students welcomed the stories and enjoyed listening to books being read in English and French, especially for the French immersion program. This week Laura and I read the following books, “Une histoire sombre, très sombre” and “A dark, dark tale” by Ruth Brown. We dressed up, dimmed the lights and had spooky scary instrumental music in the background. With volunteers, I did the same activity at Sunshine Academy and St. Lawrence Academy Jr.

Bilingual picture books for storytelling

English title French Title Author Spine label
Without you Sans toi! Genevieve Coté E COT / FR E COT
Me and you Comme toi! Genevieve Coté E COT / FR E COT
Little blue and little yellow Petit blue et petit jaune Leo Lionni E LIO / FR E LIO
Pete the cat: I live my white shoes J’aime mes souliers blanc Eric Litwin E LIT / FR E LIT
Pete the cat and his four groovy buttons j’aime mes boutons rond Eric Litwin E LIT / FR E LIT
Pete the cat: Pete’s big lunch L’enorme sandwich James Dean E DEA / FR E DEA
The very hungry caterpiller La chenille qui fait des trous Eric Carle E CAR / FR E CAR
Rooster’s off to see the world Le coq qui voulait voyager Eric Carle E CAR / FR E CAR
The little red hen La petite poule rousse
The cats pyjama Les 7 pyjamas du chat Catherine Foreman E FOR/ FR E FOR
It’s OK to be different Tous différents Todd Parr E PAR/ FR E PAR
The peace book C’est quoi la paix? Todd Parr E PAR/ FR E PAR
The earth book J’aime la terre Todd Parr E PAR/ FR E PAR

Submitted by Ida Di Maulo of Riverview Elementary (Library Technician)


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Congratulations!

LBPSB elementary school librarians and Board Librarian, Raphaella Dixon, all part of Educational Services,  made a splash and won a well deserved  MELS Recognition Award for Reading in the English sector for their LBPSB Reads! Online Bookclub. This prize rewards innovation in a project that explores the complementary nature of various media or of print and digital resources.

Their mission is to promote the love of reading in elementary students, grades 5 and 6. Each month, new books are introduced and students get to vote for their favourite title and comment on the book-of-the-month. The site offers book trailers, and read-a-likes. Suggestions, ideas or comments are welcome on this site that encourages reading with a good dose of interaction! Take a minute to check it out:   http://lbpsbreads.wordpress.com/