Sunday, February 24, 2013

Freedom to Read Week

I want to start by re-posting Jeff Yasinchuk's reminder about Freedom to Read Week.  Thanks Jeff!

Hi All!

Just a reminder that next week: February 25-March 2 is Freedom to Read Week. has great ideas to celebrate including list of challenged books in Canada.

We've started a group on the BCTLA Ning if you want to share ideas to celebrate the fight against censorship in Canada.

Have a great week!


As I watch the Academy Awards I'm reminded of a wonderful film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.   This beautiful silent film won Best Animated Short Film in 2011.  The movie takes place in a magical library full of flying books.  I highly recommend it as it celebrates the important role books play in the lives of its characters.  Last year a book based on the film was created.


Monday, February 18, 2013

Provincial Webinars set to start tomorrow

More than 40 Teacher-Librarians from across the province have signed up to take part in the first Webinar of 2013. 

Tomorrow's session will be hosted by Gordon Powell of Richmond and will run from 4:00-5:00 PM.

If you have never taken part in these webinars I highly encourage you to do so.  They are a great way to learn with your provincial colleagues.  Gordon is a dynamic presenter and always willing to answer questions, give great examples and include lots of humour.   

TL's in SD#68 - Nanaimo-Ladysmith decided to gather together for the webinars.  We have found it a great way to network, help each other learn and collaborate on uses of information from each webinar. 

If you haven't registered you can do so at

Squeezing the Juice Out of EBSCO: Canadian Points of View
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 – 4:00 – 5:00 PM (PST)
Presenter: Gordon Powell, Richmond School District
In this web-based presentation, you will learn how the EBSCO database "Canadian Points of View" can be a tremendous resource for your Science, Socials and English students. Access hundreds of Canadian and international sources, review "for" and "against" position papers and learn how to research controversial topics.

I would like to thank West Vancouver SD's Arlene Anderson for organizing these great learning opportunities and Gordon Powell for hosting our first session. 

We hope to see you all online tomorrow.