Boy have we been busy! Over the summer, we will continue to be busy – looking for new titles, expanding our robotics programming, cleaning up our databases and just getting ready for school to start again.
It’s the last week of school and summer is finally here! Studies show that kids who keep reading all summer do better when they return to school in the fall. Keep it cool by reading on those hot summer days. Library Services has put together this great list of fun reading activities. Can you do all 50 by September?
Every June, Canadians celebrate National Indigenous History Month, an opportunity to honour the heritage, contributions and cultures of First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada. To celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day, HCDSB has collaborated with other school boards across Ontario to celebrate and learn more about the cultural diversity of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. This virtual live event, open to teachers and students, will take place on June 19th from 1-4pm and will stream on the HCDSB You Tube Channel. It will feature a variety of Elders, Knowledge Holders, Drummers, Singers, Dancers with special appearances from Susan Aglukark, author Jesse Thistle & David Robertson. To continue this celebration throughout the year, please visit the LRC for a wide variety of wonderful titles and Indigenous Education Resources available online.
June 8th is World Oceans Day! It is a day to remind us of the important role oceans have in our lives. They are the lungs of our planet, generating most of the oxygen that we breathe and regulating the planet’s climate. This day also reminds us of the impact of our actions on the ocean. World Oceans Day is a day to celebrate the oceans’ beauty, its contribution, and its importance.
“To ask why we need libraries at all, when there is so much information available elsewhere, is about as sensible as asking if roadmaps are necessary now that there are so very many roads.” Jon Bing (Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law)
As Library professionals, we have always advocated against the spread of “fake news”. Check out Mediasmarts as they tackle this important initiative, focusing on why verifying sources matters!
During this time of COVID-19, this becomes especially important. We can stop the spread of misinformation. When you read an article on social media, follow these simple rules before you share it.
Remember –Check First. Share After.
CHECK where the information originally came from.
CHECK that the source is a trusted source.
CHECK what the government and public health officials are saying.
Once you are satisfied that the information is ACCURATE
Please do your part to stop the spread of misinformation!
We have decided to join in the fun! Welcome to HCDSB’s Virtual LRC!
Even though we are out of our office, you can still use the great resources we have available through the LRC. Sit back and listen to a story, find out about your favourite animal, or research how people lived in ancient times. To visit, click here. Click on the links and let your imagination go wild! If you need usernames or passwords, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or your school library staff.
Our community helpers are important. Especially during these times of Covid-19. Did you know that National Nursing Week 2020 is being celebrated on May 11-17? To learn more about nurses, and other community helpers, why not visit some of the extended digital content from:
Or for our secondary students, why not try watching this amazing video on Learn 360 about one of the most famous nurses, Florence Nightingale? Her 200th birthday will be celebrated on May 12th. As always if you need help with passwords or login information, ask your library professional.
As our time of staying at home and physical distancing continues, we don’t want to forget the importance of staying active! Our physical well-being is important to our academic success and social-emotional health. GoNoodle is a free online resource which offers free movement, yoga, and mindfulness videos, downloadable activities, and off-screen home activities for children with a variety of interests, abilities, and ages. Try the GoNoodle Games app or one of the free movement and mindfulness videos today. Check it out at https://www.gonoodle.com/
The TumbleBook Family is constantly adding new books, puzzles and games to keep you engaged as you learn from home! Choose from thousands of great titles that will keep all ages reading. These books together with TumblePuzzles and TumbleGames are great educational tools that are easily accessible through your school’s library catalogue or library website. Ask your teacher or school library professional for help with passwords.