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Virtual Learning Resource Centre

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 or your school library staff.

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Scavenger Hunt Day

Did you know that Sunday, May 24th is Scavenger Hunt Day?

A scavenger hunt is a game where individuals or teams compete to find items or perform tasks provided to them as a list by the organizers of the game. 

To familiarize teachers and students with the myriad of LRC online resources, we have devised an online scavenger hunt to test your search skills. Find new information and have fun too! 

Find out more about scavenger hunts at: Scavenger Hunt Day

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National Nursing Week

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:


Temporary Username: ABDO Elementary Password: 2020

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.

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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 

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TumbleBook Library TeenBookCloud and TumbleMATH

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.

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PebbleGo by Capstone

As a result of the Covid 19 situation, Capstone has offered to support schools across our Board by offering more online and digital resource solutions for staff, parents and students.  Until May 31, 2020, our HCDSB community will have access to:

  • All 5 PebbleGo K-3 modules: Animals, Science, Biographies, Social Studies and Dinosaurs
  • PebbleGo Next Modules for Grades 5-8: Science, Biographies and Social Studies
  • Read More: Companion audio eBooks appended to the end of each article in PebbleGo Science and Animals – over 700 in total.

To access PebbleGo visit our Information Databases>>Elementary Resources>>General Resources>>PebbleGo-TRIAL

Ask your teacher or school library professional for the passwords!

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Accessing eBooks from Home

Reading at home is important and, while not everyone has access to a full home library of books, we are here to help! At we have access to a number of eBooks and other resources. Check out your school library catalogue for more information. Just Search HCDSB Libraries and find your school!

Also don’t forget that your local public library has a number of downloadable eBooks as well. You can link to your local public library directly from your school catalogue as well. Check something out today!

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Break the Fake

The House Hippos are back! There is so much information out there and with that comes so much misinformation. Critical thinking is now more important than ever as we navigate the line between fiction and non-fiction in our digital world. Check out this fantastic resource @MediaSmart – Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy.

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Learning Resource Centre – CLOSED

Last week, the Minister of Education issued a Ministerial Order to close all publicly-funded schools in Ontario for two weeks following March Break. All HCDSB schools will be closed from March 14 through April 5, 2020. Please note that the Learning Resource Centre is also closed. This means that the delivery of resources to our schools from the LRC is suspended. Please continue to browse our collection at

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Gale in Context: Global Issues Explores COVID-19

Keep your students informed and up to date on the latest details of COVID-19 with trusted content from your library’s Gale In Context: Global Issues resource. Global Issues has everything students need to understand how the rapidly developing situation is unfolding in their community and around the world.

We have created an activity to help guide researchers on COVID-19 and the public health response that is happening across the globe. Use this or direct students to Global Issues to encourage them to understand and analyze the impact of COVID-19 and other coronaviruses.

Access the activity here: COVID-19: Global Public Health Response

Empower your school to stay informed and up to date with vetted content from news sources across the globe they can trust!

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