November 2011

Great Reads for Secondary Students

Friday, November 25th, 2011 | Booklists, Library Learning Commons, Reading

Making reading recommendations and finding just the right book for students is a specialty with teacher-librarians. Now their top suggestions are available in downloadable booklists from the WRDSB Library Learning Commons website.
Booklists are available for the following interests:

35 Books to Read Before You Die
Books to Make You Cry
Books on Bullying
Comedy Fiction
Dystopian Fiction
GBLTQ Fiction
Guy’s Read Fiction
Great [...]

New Interface for Science & History Resources

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 | Uncategorized, Virtual Library

Two subject-specific research databases in the Virtual Library have a new look. History Reference Center and Science Reference Center help students find information from reference books and articles from subject-specific journals. The new interfaces for both of these resources have changed dramatically. Where before students were greeted by an advanced search screen with a multitude [...]

Resources to support teaching of “Memoirs”

Monday, November 7th, 2011 | Library Learning Commons, Reading, Resources to support


The elementary teacher-librarians have put together a number of resources to support teaching and learning about “memoirs”. In this collection you will find some suggestions for picture books, actual memoirs and online resources to support instruction. Many of these resources are available in your schools. Remember to consult your school’s library catalogue to check availability.

Resources [...]

Resources for Remembrance Day

Friday, October 28th, 2011 | Library Learning Commons, Pathfinders

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month Canadians pause to commemorate those who have sacrificed themselves in the name of freedom. In our schools teachers help students learn about the meaning of remembrance, and the events in Canada’s history that have forged our national identity.
Our new pathfinders page connects teachers [...]

Forest of Reading Nominees for 2012

Monday, October 17th, 2011 | Blue Spruce, Forest of Reading, Prix Tamarack, Red Maple, Silver Birch, White Pine

Today the Ontario Library Association announced the titles nominated for the 2012 Forest of Reading™ programs. The Forest of Reading selections are comprised of some of the top, new Canadian books, with programs specifically geared to readers from junior Kindergarten to high school. The programs aim to engage young readers and celebrate some of the [...]

October is Canadian Library Month!

Friday, October 7th, 2011 | Library Learning Commons, Reading, Virtual Library

October is Canadian Library Month, a chance to celebrate the innovative role that libraries continue to take in the lives of all Canadians.
The Canadian Library Association says, The theme, Your Library, A Place Unbound / Votre bibliothèque : un peu, beaucoup, àl’infini, suggests that, as part of a changing world, libraries are growing and expanding [...]

Let’s Read in Waterloo Region

Monday, September 26th, 2011 | Public Libraries, Reading

On Sunday, September 25th, this year’s Let’s Read title was announced at Kitchener’s Word on the Street festival.
Farm Team, a picture book written by Linda Bailey and illustrated by Bill Slavin, is this year’s selection.  In the story, the underdog Farm Team, made up of barnyard animals from Farmer Stolski’s farm, is trying for the [...]

WPL Invites Kindergarten Students to the Library!

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 | Public Libraries, Reading

The Waterloo Public Library (WPL) plays a critical role in the community in developing life-long readers. Starting early is key, so the library is extending a special invitation to all of our Kindergarten students in the City of Waterloo. At school library orientation sessions, each Junior and Senior Kindergarten student will receive a special invitation [...]

New Mental Health & Wellness Resources

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 | General, mental health, new resources

Earlier this school year Waterloo Region District School Board libraries were very fortunate to receive a large number of resources related to mental health and wellness. The resources were selected by specialists in the Special Education department in partnership with a centrally-assigned teacher-librarian. Selections range from teacher reference materials to books written with a much [...]

KCI Wins Inaugural Battle of the Books with ECI

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 | Reading, School Events

Thursday May 12, 2011 marked the first annual Battle of the Books between students at Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate Institute and Eastwood Collegiate Institute. The Kitchener Public Library‘s Teen Services Librarian, Christy Giesler, has been working all year with KCI’s book club, led by the school’s Head of Library, Sue Danic. The KPL’s Youth Advisory Committee came [...]