A Little Bit of This – a Little Bit of That …

Well, it’s been another mish-mash week of things in the library this week (things can get a bit de-railed when I am needed to cover in classrooms – but it’s certainly been an interesting two weeks.

The end of November saw me covering history classes in the Upper Years (it was good to be able to brush up on my history knowledge) and spending a day in grade 1 (where they were so kind as to perform their Christmas Concert song for – I think you’re really going to enjoy it!).

And just like that, it’s December!

Did you know that December 1st started Cookie Cutter WeekDecember 3rd started Cookie Exchange WeekDecember 4th was National Cookie Day. And this weekend (Dec.8) is Gingerbread Decorating Day! Hmmm – I sense a theme.  Guess what I’m going to be making this weekend?

AdventFB (1) Hope

Sunday, December 2nd also marked the first Sunday of Advent for those who observe the season.  May the season bring you all HOPE.   Sunday also marked the first day of Hanukkah.  Happy Hanukkah!

Monday and Tuesday, I was covering in Ms. Arandia’s grade 4 class.  We had two very busy days.

Wednesday and Thursday was back into The Library, complete with class visits, story times, Recess Readers, and continuing the collection development process of turning our library into the best library possible.

I did take a short break to go visit the Grade 5’s Museum Exhibition (I love museums!).  I was truly impressed with the artifacts the grade 5s created and I even learned some new ancient civilization facts I didn’t know before.  I have always found ancient civilizations fascinating and having their exhibit this week seems apropos.  Did You Know – Tomorrow (Dec. 8) is Pretend You’re a Time Traveler DayIf you were a Time Traveler when would you travel too? (share in the comments if you like).

Friday I ended up covering in Ms. Blair’s SK class.  IMG_20181206_083442_resized_20181206_092143626

Our Pinkalicious Tree is all lit up and filling up with beautiful decorations.
If you still want to make a book/story inspired ornament to add to the tree you are more than welcome to.  If you’d like to have your ornament considered for the “ornament contest” please have it on the tree by Monday, December 10th.

Tomorrow (Dec.8) also marks Bodhi DayI would like to wish those celebrating a Happy Bodhi Day!

Have a great weekend!







Happy Hanukkah!

I know that we’re halfway through the holiday but I wanted to take the time to wish all those celebrating a very


May it bring you Good Health, Prosperity, Peace, and Joy!


a Mish-Mash of Things …

It’s hard to believe that November is almost over!  So here’s a mish-mash of things from last week and leading up to what I am sure will be a busy December.

btrSurprisingly, this last week doesn’t have too many “Today is …” days to recognize.  Last Friday (November 23rd) was Maize Day, Doctor Who Day, and Flossing Day (flossing your teeth – not flossing the dance all the kids seem to be doing these days).  I wasn’t in the library to acknowledge the days (I was covering SK again) but some w.onderfully helpful grade 6s made sure The Library board was taken care of (Thanks!)

IMG_20181126_122539_resized_20181126_122628945Interestingly, the month of November is Picture Book Month (one of my favourites!).  We have lots of great picture books.  Here in The Library we call them “Everybody” books because they are good for everyone whether you are just beginning to read, you’ve been reading for years and years, or young and old(er) are reading together.

November is also Aviation History Month.  We have a selection of airplane books in both your “Everybody” section and in our non-fiction section (check out the 620s!).  We also did some paper airplane folding during our Origami Days this month.

Last week, I got to teach in some SK classes while their teachers were away.  It’s nice to see our younger readers learning the literacy skills they need to become life-long readers.  We brainstormed some “ll” words and turned them into a Word Art Balloon.  We did some story-telling in Math with surveys and Probability Stories. We watched some videos with Col. Chris Hadfield on the International Space Station to learn about what astronauts do in space and did some astronaut themed writing and colouring.

We had a MARVELous donation brought in last week.  A couple of Spiderman comic books. (Thanks).  This student also brought in a Star Wars comic book from 1977 (check out that “state-of-the-art” technology in the advertisement on the back!).  That was so cool to get to read (though I’m not sure who that green rabbit character is?  Maybe a precursor to JarJar Binks …?)

pinkalicious1Today, I announced the PINKALICOUS TREE ORNAMENT CONTEST.  Students (and staff) are invited to make a book/story inspired tree ornament – about 4″ or less – however they would like to add to the tree (make sure you include a tag with name and book title).  There will be prizes and our tree will look Pinkaliciously Perfect!  (You can add your ornament to the tree anytime between now and December 10).

Don’t Forget ~ The Book Fair has been moved to the first week of February!

There’s always lots happening at The Library – there’s never a dull moment.  And now, our L.I.Ts (Librarians in Training – Library Club) are starting to learn all the different ways they can help out.


An “Out of This World” Opportunity …

The Canadian Space Agency has an Out of This World creative writing contest for writers 9 years old and up.

Write a space-themed story of children 3-8 years old (word count is different for each age category).  Submit your stellar space story by December 31 and maybe your story will be chosen to be read by Canadian astronaut, David Saint-Jacques, on the International Space Station.

Check out the Canadian Space Agency’s site HERE for more detail.

Ready to Write?  3-2-1 BLAST OFF!


What Have We Missed …?

Well, it would appear that a fair bit has happened/been missed since Thursday …

But first a BOOK FAIR UPDATE …

GrrDue to conflicting schedules and other issues, I have made the difficult decision to reschedule the book fair until the first week of February.  It’s still going to be the same awesome fair and we are still going to have our Enchanted Forest theme.  The Book Fair Crew and I were a bit sad because we’ve been so excited and now we have to wait even longer BUT we’re also excited about the extra time to make it even more awesome! Thank you all for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you all in February.

and then a CRAFTY CONTEST … 

Pinkalicious Ornament Contest [Blog1]

Unfortunately, I was out sick on Friday and had to miss the Science Fair.  I hear everyone did a great job on their projects – sorry to have missed seeing the finished projects but glad to have had the chance to see projects in process and help out with research needs.

btrSaturday, November 17th was Guinness Worlds Record Day.  I was super excited to find a copy of Guinness World Records 2018 to add to the library and it has been a very popular read.  For those students who love to sit in the teacher’s chair – Did you know? the fastest 100 m in a six-wheel office swivel chair was completed in 31.92 seconds!

Do you want to be a record-breaker? 100m records that haven’t been set yet include * while balancing a spoon on your nose * forward rolling * wearing flip flops * playing a sousaphone * as a waiter * blindfolded * leap-frogging and * in a powered exoskeleton suit (guinnessworldrecords.com)

fbtfbtmdnSunday, November 18th was High-Five a Librarian Day (I didn’t even know this was a day but I think it’s pretty cool!).  I didn’t get any high-fives but I was, thankfully, feeling better and able to go out and enjoy some chilly festivities to kick off the holiday season.

Monday, November 19th was Have a Bad Day Day – which seems rather apropos as I was away again.  This time I was at an appointment trying to find out what’s going on with my hands (as you may have noticed I have been having some issues for a while).  Not much luck was had but I am happy to be back in The Library today.

Monday was also World Toilet Day.  It seems like a funny day to have but it was to highlight the fact that over 1/3 of the world’s population does not have access to clean/properly managed sanitation systems and toilets. If you’d like to learn more, check out the UN’s site here.

Today, Tuesday, November 20th is Universal Children’s Day.  It marks the anniversary of the UN’s adoption of The Declaration of Rights of the Child and promotes and international awareness and togetherness of and for children’s welfare all over the world.  Check out the UN’s site here.

Today is also Transgender Day of Remembrance when we recognize the lives lost due to intolerance and violent hate crimes.  I believe that every individual has the right to be their true selves.  Everyone deserves to be respected, safe, and loved. This year, especially with our provincial government introducing a resolution to remove legal recognition of different gender identities, I wanted to ensure that the day didn’t go unrecognized.  I recognize that I approach this from a position of privilege and that I still have a lot to learn but, I believe, each step forward is a step in the right direction. If you’d like a learn a little more, I found this site rather informative.

In The Library, this translates in my constant attempts to my the library a safe and welcoming place for anyone and everyone.  Also, on an extremely simplistic level I strongly discourage the gendering of books.  You won’t find “girls’ books” and “boys’ books” here.  These books are for everyone who wants to read them.

I Love to Write Day

rbtToday is I Love to Write Day
(It’s also World Philosophy Day and Use Less Stuff Day – perhaps someone would like to write a philosophical piece on recycled/scraps of paper?)

Writing and The Library are a perfect fit because “Writers are Readers” and “Readers are Writers”.  Reading is a great way to be inspired to tell stories in different ways (eg. narrative, poetry, comics, etc.).  Reading is a great way to “experience” and learn about things we might not have had (or want) the opportunity to experience which we can then bring to our writing.


In The Library we have some resources to help with writing.  We have dictionaries and thesauruses to help find just the right words.  We have grammar books and style guides.  I am just adding a rhyming dictionary (for those aspiring poets out there) and a book of idioms.  Whether writing a poem, a story, a research paper, a song, an essay – I hope that The Library and I can be of assistance.

Personally, I have always loved writing.  I was always writing stories, and song, and plays.   Some of them were quite successful and others were complete flops but I’ve always tried to keep writing something (including this blog!).

“Writing” looks different at different stages.  It starts out as scribbles for scribbles sake.  Then scribbles as intentional “writing” (ie. pretend writing).  Next comes (seemingly) random placed or strings of random letters.  Then using knowledge of letters and phonetics to start forming words (ie. inventive spelling).  Finally, writing with more proper conventions. (Click here for a very helpful article on the different stages of writing).  After that, the more we write the better we become both grammatically and creatively.  Soon we are brainstorming, drafting, editing and revising, and “publishing” full pieces of writing.

Stay Tuned for an Out-of-this-World Story Writing Contest 
with the Canadian Space Station!

“In a Pickle!”

btrDid you know that the phrase “in a pickle” was created by William Shakespeare and first appeared in The Tempest?  Or that Cleopatra claimed eating pickles made her beautiful?  Or that you can hear the crunch of a good pickle up to 10 paces/steps away?  Did you know that pickles date back over 4,500?

Today is National Pickle Day; a chance to celebrate this much loved (and much hated) and fascinating food.

We’ve been learning about pickles. Reading pickle stories (I’m still looking for pickle songs).  We have a sticker-vote going on: Do You Like Pickles? Vs. Do You Hate Pickles?.  We’re even practicing the tongue twister:

Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers.
A Peck of Pickled Pepper, Peter Piper Picked.
If Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers,
Where’s the Peck of Pickled Peppers Peter Piper Picked.

(How fast can YOU say it?)