General

Advent

Advent is the special time leading up to Christmas. In Latin, Advent means “coming”. This is a peaceful time that allows us to reflect and pray as we wait for the coming of Jesus. On the Advent wreath there are four candles, three purple and one pink, symbolizing hope, love, joy and peace.  

Be patient, and be ready; the coming of the Lord is near. James 5:7-10 

Check out our topic guide below to find many Advent resources, including eBooks, books, and kits from the LRC and additional website resources. 

All topic guides can be found on our website here

As always, contact your school Library professional for passwords or more information on accessing these and other related resources, or contact LRC@hcdsb.org if you have any other questions.    

Please note that the Board has no control over the changing content of electronic resources. Use your professional judgment when accessing resources. Resources are for HCDSB staff and students only. To maintain our agreements with our vendor partners, we must ensure we are not posting passwords in any public forum.  

*Featured image taken from Loyola Press 

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National Child Day

Canada celebrates National Child Day on November 20th. This day recognizes the rights of children and reflects the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This year’s theme is #8MillionStrong, recognizing Article 6 of the UNCRC, that every child has the right to survive and thrive. For more information on National Child Day and to find many resources to support this day, visit the Government of Canada’s National Child Day pagenationalchildday.org,  nationalchildday.ca, and UNICEF’s 5 Ways to Celebrate National Child Day

This year, Nationalchildday.org is recognizing “the unique rights of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children – honouring the past, acknowledging the present, and igniting hope for the future.” This aligns with this year’s Canada History Week theme, Indigenous History, which takes place on November 22nd to 28th and will highlight stories of Indigenous languages, culture, and leadership while reflecting and engaging with Canada’s past. 

One notable story regarding children’s rights in Attawapiskat First Nation is that of Shannen Koostachin, who led the Attawapiskat School Campaign, advocating for a “safe and comfy” school, as all children deserve the right to safe and equitable education opportunities. Shannen’s dream lives on through the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society.

For more on Shannen Koostachin and her story, check out Shannen’s dream 
from the LRC. This DVD and the book Shannen and the dream for a school by Janet Wilson can also be found in many of HCDSB’s school libraries. 

For a variety of other books that support National Child’s Day and highlight the rights of children, check out the bookshelf below for books available through the LRC and eBooks available through Sora: 

As always, contact your school Library professional for passwords or more information on accessing these and other related resources, or contact LRC@hcdsb.org if you have any other questions.   

Please note that the Board has no control over the changing content of electronic resources. Use your professional judgment when accessing resources. Resources are for HCDSB staff and students only. To maintain our agreements with our vendor partners, we must ensure we are not posting passwords in any public forum.  

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Britannica School

Encyclopedias are a reference tool that can cover one or many subjects and can be geared to different audiences, from kindergarten to adult. They are a great starting point to learn about or research a specific topic.  

Historically, encyclopedias were multi-volume sets relegated to the library’s reference section which relied heavily on indices for searching related topics. Today, full-text searching in online encyclopedias allows readers to find related topics with a click of a mouse.

Wikipedia is a popular free online encyclopedia used by many, and although it is a source of a lot of information, that information may not be reliable. Because Wikipedia allows anyone to edit its entries, the information found on the site may be inaccurate, misleading, biased, or unsupported by reliable sources. Reputable encyclopedias are the best way to ensure students are accessing safe and accurate information, in the classroom and at home. One of the reputable encyclopedias HCDSB staff and students can access through Library Services is Britannica. 

Britannica School is a comprehensive online encyclopedia containing articles, primary sources, games and other resources to support learning and research from the early elementary grades through high school. There are many useful features to support educators implementing this resource in their teaching. Learn more about Britannica School and find tools and support for using this resource from their help page. Watch this video to take a virtual tour of Britannica school and learn tips and tricks, including ways to search and find relevant information at different learning levels. 

Also, check out the Website Evaluation section on the Research Help page of our website for resources to support media literacy skills, identifying unreliable sources of information, and evaluating web content. 

As always, contact your school Library professional for passwords or more information on accessing these and other related resources, or contact LRC@hcdsb.org if you have any other questions.  

Please note that the Board has no control over the changing content of electronic resources. Use your professional judgment when accessing resources. Resources are for HCDSB staff and students only. To maintain our agreements with our vendor partners, we must ensure we are not posting passwords in any public forum.     

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Topic Guides and Veteran’s Week

Notice anything new on the Library Services website? Topic Guides are now available! They include HCDSB digital resources, LRC resources and additional resources compiled to support popular topics that are covered in the classroom. From Lent and Easter to Earth Day, Mental Health and Wellbeing to STEAM, there are many topics to choose from.

Veteran’s Week in Canada takes place during the week leading up to Remembrance Day, November 5th to 11th, to “honour those who have served Canada in times of war, military conflict and peace.” Learn more about this week at Veterans Affairs Canada and find many resources to support this week, including books and kits from the LRC, eBooks, database articles, digital videos and additional resources, in our Remembrance Day & Veteran’s Week topic guide

HCDSB staff, don’t forget to also check out the fantastic resources in memo CUR:040 – Veterans Week November 5-11: Remembrance Day Supports, which highlight communities who have served in times of war, military conflict and peace. 

As always, contact your school Library professional for passwords or more information on accessing these and other related resources, or contact LRC@hcdsb.org if you have any other questions. 

Please note that the Board has no control over the changing content of electronic resources. Use your professional judgment when accessing resources. Resources are for HCDSB staff and students only. To maintain our agreements with our vendor partners, we must ensure we are not posting passwords in any public forum.    

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Treaties Recognition Week

In 2016, the Ontario government designated the first week of November as Treaties Recognition Week. This week “honours the importance of treaties and helps Ontario students and residents understand the significance of treaty rights, treaty relationships and their relevance today.” Read more at Ontario.ca and Association of Municipalities Ontario

Learn more about the importance for staff and students to deepen their understanding of treaties from diverse Indigenous perspectives and find many resources compiled by HCDSB’s Indigenous Advisor Sherry Saevil in the pdf below. Don’t forget to also check out books, eBooks, and kits from the LRC and your school’s library to support Treaties Recognition Week and Indigenous education. 

As always, contact your school Library professional for passwords or more information on accessing these and other related resources, or contact LRC@hcdsb.org if you have any other questions.     

Please note that the Board has no control over the changing content of electronic resources. Use your professional judgment when accessing resources. Resources are for HCDSB staff and students only. To maintain our agreements with our vendor partners, we must ensure we are not posting passwords in any public forum.  

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Canadian Library Month and School Library Day

This month, we celebrate Canadian libraries, and all the wonderful things Library professionals are doing in these physical and virtual spaces. Libraries in Canada date back to the 1600s with a surge in library in the 1900s. “School libraries originated in the 19th century but did not begin to develop rapidly until the educational reforms of the 1960s” (Beckman et al.). The school libraries we know and love at HCDSB have gone through many changes and evolutions over the years, including adapting to the Learning Commons model to best serve our students and school communities. All libraries provide access to information but are so much more than that and have become a community space that provides something for everyone. Libraries are for everyone. Learn more about the history of libraries in Canada at The Canadian Encyclopedia

Monday October 25th is Canadian School Library Day, a day to celebrate the achievements, contributions and impact school libraries have on the school community. This year’s theme is Making Our Mark: School Library Success Stories. To learn more about this day, visit Canadian School Libraries

While school libraries are always evolving, the past year and a half has led to even greater change and has resulted in new and amazing library successes. HCDSB Library workers were up to the challenge and made their mark with innovative programming and services including: 

With libraries open to students again this school year, library professionals are making their mark in the physical space as well, including: 

Visit the Library Services website to access your school library’s online catalogue, resources from the LRC and the online resources available to staff and students at HCDSB. Stay up to date with our weekly news posts for more on what’s happening in Library Services. 

As always, contact your school Library professional for information on accessing these and other school-based resources, and to learn about the wonderful things happening in your school library. Contact LRC@hcdsb.org if you have any other questions.      

Reference

Beckman, Margaret et al. “Libraries”.  The Canadian Encyclopedia, 04 March 2015, Historica Canada.  

https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/libraries. Accessed 20 October 2021. 

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Women’s History Month

October was designated by the Government of Canada as Women’s History Month. It is a time to celebrate the historical achievements of women throughout our country’s history. Throughout the month, specific days are celebrated, including International Day of the Girl Child on October 11 and Person’s Day on October 18.  The theme for 2021 is Women making history now in honour of the amazing work women in Canada are currently doing and the lasting impact they are making. 

International Day of the Girl Child is a United Nations observance day dedicated to supporting opportunities for girls worldwide and raising awareness of gender inequality.   

Person’s Day celebrates the historic decision in 1929 to include woman in the legal definition of “persons” in Canada, thus allowing women the right to be appointed to the Senate and participate in public and political life.   

The Government of Canada has created an online gallery and art project titled Women of Impact in Canada that features the stories of Canadian women in the arts, science, politics and human rights.  The exhibit includes biographies, an interactive map and a learner toolkit for educators.   

There are many resources available through the LRC and Library Services at HCDSB to support and celebrate Women’s History Month. Check out the topic guide below to find books and kits available through the LRC, eBooks through SORA, Tumblebooks and ABDO, articles and videos available through HCDSB databases, and additional resources. 

As always, contact your school Library professional for passwords or more information on accessing these and other related resources, or contact LRC@hcdsb.org if you have any other questions.     

Please note that the Board has no control over the changing content of electronic resources. Use your professional judgment when accessing resources. Resources are for HCDSB staff and students only. To maintain our agreements with our vendor partners, we must ensure we are not posting passwords in any public forum.  

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Thanksgiving

In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October. On this day, we celebrate our blessings and everything we are thankful and grateful for, especially loved ones. Many celebrate with lots of food and spending time, either in person or virtually, with family and friends.  

With Autumn here, the leaves are beginning to turn colour and plants and animals are preparing for winter. It is also a wonderful time of year to explore and appreciate nature.  

Check out the bookshelf below for books from the LRC and Sora about Autumn, giving thanks and showing we care: 

For more on the history of this day in Canada, check out The Canadian Encyclopedia or Canada’s History Society

We are thankful to get to work with such amazing individuals including our colleagues at the LRC, at school libraries and the rest of the staff and students at HCDSB. We are grateful to be able to share amazing books and resources with HCDSB and to learn and grow alongside you all. 

As always, contact your school Library professional for passwords or more information on accessing these and other related resources, or contact LRC@hcdsb.org if you have any other questions.     

Please note that the Board has no control over the changing content of electronic resources. Use your professional judgment when accessing resources. Resources are for HCDSB staff and students only. To maintain our agreements with our vendor partners, we must ensure we are not posting passwords in any public forum.  

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day

September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day  “honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.” 

This year also marks the eighth anniversary of Orange Shirt Day, which is a day dedicated to recognizing the harm the residential school system had on childrens’ sense of self-esteem and well-being, and as an affirmation of commitment to ensure that Every Child Matters! 

Orange Shirt Day relates to the experience of former residential school student, Phyllis (Jack) Webstad. Phyllis’ story is told in the picture book Phyllis’s Orange Shirt which can be found in your school library and at the LRC. Visit Orange Shirt Day to learn more. 

FNMIEAO (First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario) has many resources on their website, such as webinars, event dates, as well as additional teacher and student resources specific to the ongoing commitment to truth and reconciliation. 

Staff can take part in a four-part webinar series on the history of the Residential School System as well as the impacts of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement through Nelson Professional Learning. Recommended methods and resources will be highlighted to best provide education for K-12 students. Registration can be accessed here

There are also virtual events being held at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation for Truth and Reconciliation Week (September 27 to October 1) and at the Woodland Cultural Centre. Registration is necessary. 

We have many resources available in our HCDSB school libraries. 

In Elementary check out the newly added Take Action For Reconciliation magazine-style books, which focus on Indigenous communities in Canada, the need for reconciliation, the actions people are taking and the impact we can all have.

In Secondary, all volumes of Canada’s Residential Schools, The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada are available in print and ebook (EBSCO) formats. 

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Also new to our collection is the digital format of the series Righting Canada’s Wrongs which includes an issue entitled “Residential schools: the devastating impact on Canada’s indigenous peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s findings and calls for action”. This resource is also available in print in your Secondary Libraries. Please ask your librarian for login information. 

Don’t forget to also check out our online resources found on our website under Staff Resources > Indigenous Education. Many of the resources available through the LRC can be found in the Indigenous Education kiosk on our online catalogue.  

As always, contact your school Library professional for passwords or more information on accessing these and other related resources, or contact LRC@hcdsb.org if you have any other questions.    

Please note that the Board has no control over the changing content of electronic resources. Use your professional judgment when accessing resources. Resources are for HCDSB staff and students only. To maintain our agreements with our vendor partners, we must ensure we are not posting passwords in any public forum.  

*Featured image taken from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation 

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Terry Fox

Every year in September, thousands of people across Canada participate in the Annual Terry Fox run to honour Terry’s memory and raise money for cancer research.  The Terry Fox School Runs are scheduled for September 29th but may happen anytime this month or even virtually. 

According to The Terry Fox Foundation “Terry Fox was just an average kid that loved playing sports and hanging out with his friends and family.” 

At the age of 18, Terry was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma. While in hospital, he decided to help others that were suffering from cancer. For 143 days, in 1980 he ran across-Canada during his Marathon of Hope ultimately raising over $24 million. Remarkably, not even Terry’s death in 1981 diminished our nation’s passion for his cancer research legacy, with over $850 million raised and 1,300 projects funded to date. 

The Terry Fox website has more valuable information on one of Canada’s greatest heroes from the kid’s activity corner to the Terry Fox Youtube channel. 

Visit the Learning Resource Centre for more materials on Terry Fox including: 

 Canadian Biographies-

Into the wind 

Your school library also has numerous books on Terry Fox and can be found at – https://library.hcdsb.org/search-hcdsb-libraries/ 

As always, contact your school Library professional for passwords or more information on accessing these and other related resources, or contact LRC@hcdsb.org if you have any other questions.   

Please note that the Board has no control over the changing content of electronic resources. Use your professional judgment when accessing resources. Resources are for HCDSB staff and students only. To maintain our agreements with our vendor partners, we must ensure we are not posting passwords in any public forum. 

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