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Family Literacy Day

Today we celebrate #FamilyLiteracyDay.  Created in 1999 by ABC Life Literacy Canada to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in literacy related activities as a family, this year we are encourage to “Take 20 in 2020“.  Families are asked to take 20 minutes a date to make learning together a part of their daily routines.  Did you know that 57% of kids who are frequent readers have parents who read 5-7 books per week?  Why not try reading one together? Join the conversation @HCDSB and show us how you celebrate #FLD2020.

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A News Story Worth Reading

Check out this fantastic little letter to the editor from 1897. https://www.newseum.org/exhibits/online/yes-virginia/

Considered a reputable resource in its time, The Sun’s Francis Pharcellus Church answered this letter to the editor showing us that getting our information from the right source is important!  To find out more about this story, or Mr. Church, Virginia or even Santa Claus, why not visit any of our digital articles available through our many information databases? Or ask your library professional for help guiding your research question. Don’t just believe your friends.

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Indigenous Awareness Month

At the LRC we have a number of print and digital resources available to support Indigenous Awareness Month happening in November. Some important dates include:

  • Inuit Day Nov 6
  • National Aboriginal Veterans Day Nov 8
  • Louis Reil Day Nov 16

Halton Catholic District School Board also recognizes the second annual Treaties Recognition Week from November 4 to 8, 2019.  To learn more about about the treaties, treaty relationships and treaty rights that shape Ontario, visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/treaties.

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Research Doesn’t Have to Be Scary!

Halton Catholic District School Board subscribes to and provides access to a number of electronic databases that can be accessed from home or from school. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the electronic library never closes and the information is always available when you need it.  The wonderful thing about using databases is that the information you find, when you know how to search, is age-appropriate, relevant and easy to use….with no ads or pop-ups! This helps students work smarter not harder. Visit your library to find out more!

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Introducing the Forest of Reading’s New Brand!

Offered by the Ontario Library Association (OLA) every year the Forest of Reading® is Canada’s largest recreational reading program. This year the OLA is excited to announce their new brand! Check out this year’s Forest of Reading nominated lists on October 15th. #IReadCanadian

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The World Almanac Elementary

TWO NEW modules coming to the World Almanac – Elementary

New! Energy
What is energy? Where does it come from? The new Energy module explores all aspects of energy, from the basics, such as kinetic and potential energy, to topics such as energy of motion, energy transfer, and using—and saving—energy resources. Fun Facts articles, videos, and interactive games on energy-related topics will engage students as they learn.

New! Math: Geometry
The new Math: Geometry module offers an elementary-level introduction to the basics of the subject. Sections on plane shapes such as circles and triangles, solid shapes, points and lines, angles, and coordinate geometry include clear illustrations and helpful glossaries. Plus, make sure to check out the Fun Facts articles (do you know which shape with straight sides is the strongest?) and related videos.

Found in Information Databases under Elementary — General Resources. Have questions?  Contact lrc@hcdsb.org

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Welcome Back to School

Building a library collection is not easy.  Library professionals spend hours looking through book lists and journals for what is new, what is relevant and what they think their staff and students want to see on the shelves.  We do the same at the LRC.  Remember that collaboration is important and your input matters.  The library belongs to all of us.

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Curious about Curio?

Library Services is happy to announce that HCDSB has subscribed to the Curio.ca platform.

Curio.ca is a subscription-based service giving Canadian educators access to thousands of hours of high-quality digital content and hundreds of teacher resource guides to support provincial K-12 curricula and post-secondary courses across the country.

With a carefully curated collection of CBC / Radio-Canada documentaries, news features, dramas and kids’ programming, Curio.ca brings you the highest calibre content to explore the world through a Canadian lens.

Curio can be found under our Elementary and Secondary Information Databases and in our Digital Resources.

Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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