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Easy Computer Guides

New in the library! These two resources from Grass Roots Press are easy to read guides with basic computer use information.  Both are by Louise Latremouille. My Parents Went Mac! is a beginner’s guide to using a Mac computer.  In addition to showing how to set up the computer, it covers searching the Internet with Safari… Read more

National School Library Day today

To celebrate National School Library Day, the BC Teacher-Librarians’ Association is urging everyone to participate in the DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) challenge. Between 11 and 11:20 a.m. today, school children across BC will Drop Everything and Read, to celebrate the love of reading. Many of us may not be able to drop everything at… Read more

Controlling Complexity

A new resource from SkillPlan – Controlling Complexity: an introduction to question structure explains the elements of question structure and explores how the complexity of questions can be controlled in order to scaffold learning. To borrow this resource, email

Creativity

New in the library! Out of our minds: learning to be creative (revised edition) by Ken Robinson, 2011. This book examines creativity in education and in business, arguing that current education systems leave individuals without the sense of creative ability needed by the workforce later in life. To borow this book, email Almost a year… Read more

International Plain Language Day today

October 13th is International Plain Language Day. Here’s just a sample of some of the online resources available about plain language: Clear writing and design: a reader friendly handbook by Melanie Cutting and Jan Draper (2008) Plain language: a guide to clear, effective communication from the Saskatchewan Literacy Network (2010) Making it clear: a clear… Read more

New biographies

New in the library from Grass Roots Press! Grass Roots Press has released a new series in their popular biographies – the Maple Leaf series. These are biographies of famous Canadians, written in clear language: Lucy Maud Montgomery  Emily Carr   Poundmaker Norman Bethune   To borrow any or all of these (or any of… Read more

Canadian Library Month

October is Canadian Library Month. And this year’s theme is “Your library: a place unbound”. Show your support for your local library. Take time to explore the resources and services that are offered. What you find might surprise you. And, of course, take time to visit our library website and see what we have to… Read more

Community conversations

New in the library! Community Conversations by Paul Born looks at the building blocks of community conversations that explore the common goals of a diverse array of people with different backgrounds and needs. It offers 10 techniques for encouraging community conversations. To borrow this book, email

Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry is an approach to organizational/community change that looks at strengths and how to build on them. If you’re interested in learning more about Appreciative Inquiry and how you might use it in your work, there are two new titles in the library that can help: Appreciative inquiry handbook: for leaders of change (2nd… Read more

Active Reader Foundation & 1

Two more new resources in the library from Grass Roots Press – Active Reader Foundation Active Reader 1 These new additions to the Active Reader series are designed for early readers (readability Grade 1).  The foundation level Active Reader has photo stories and activities that develop foundational skills.  Active Reader 1 has 12 units with reading passages… Read more