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Summa - Canadian Educational Content On-Demand - at your library

100% Canadian Produced Content

Have you seen this? Can-Core (SUMMA) is a core curriculum content platform created by McIntyre Media Inc. The content is 100% Canadian Produced and has been selected for its strong curriculum fit. It is available at SPL, and probably your local public library as well. (You may need to browse your library's digital resources to find the login link.)

SPL access: 


Monthly Choice Boards Site

Shannon McClintock Miller has something for you!

Looking for monthly ideas to excite your students? How about if they are packaged in an attractive easy-to-browse format? Look no further than Shannon's monthly choice boards - click the link above and be prepared to be blown away!



Making Media Across the Curriculum - Online Course for Teachers

Take this interactive, engaging and informative course

MediaSmarts is pleased to share our new free online course for teachers on media making in K-12 classrooms. Educators can take this interactive, engaging and informative course from their home, on their own schedule.

The course will be offered the following dates:

  • November 9, 2020 – December 4, 2020
  • November 23, 2020 – December 18, 2020
  • December 14, 2020 – January 22, 2021
  • February 1, 2021 – February 26, 2021
  • March 1, 2021 – March 26, 2021

Making Media Across the Curriculum will provide teachers with training and resources on how to use digital media production of various kinds (games, film and animation, etc.) in their classroom practice.

Teachers will learn how media making can be supported from kindergarten to Grade 12 and how it can be used to assess student learning across the curriculum, from Language/English as a Second Language courses to Social Studies, Health/Life Skills, Mathematics, Science, Special Education and Technology Education/ICT, among others.

Upon completion of the course, teachers will be certified by MediaSmarts as Media Maker Experts.


The History of Dust Jackets: From Disposable to Collectible

From animal skins to silks

(Detail from Lost Art of Oz)
Funny to think that the staple of picture books (the book cover or dust jacket) had such an interesting evolution:

Excerpt from article: "The dust jacket emerged as a way to protect the gilt covers of leatherbound books. Instead of being rebound to match the owner's libraries, these books came with their own ornate binding. In order to keep the gold embossing intact—and protect the books from dust—booksellers or the printers would wrap the books in paper. These dust wrappers, as they were originally called, weren't proper dust jackets. They were plain pieces of paper that were sealed shut, and they were meant to only protect the book while it was at the store."


How to Make a Digital Escape Room

Teen Librarian Toolbox

Using Google forms, Cindy Shutts engages students to explore worlds based on the novels they are reading. (See below for a brief description, click the link above to visit the article on SLJ). This would be a great final project for an English class, or a way to consolidate learning for Socials or even Science. I can also see doing this in other languages to show proficiency with vocab and grammar. Students would have fun sharing and playing each other's "room".

"At my library we have found one of the easiest ways to attract people to  programs is by creating a virtual escape room. They can be used any time of day and are fun to make. I like doing them with different fandoms. I have created two that are published so far one about Animal Crossing and one about Camp Half-Blood (Percy Jackson). My co-worker Faith Healy created two as well. She created an original haunted house one that has been used almost 200 times. She also just released a Mandorlian one in honor of the new season." (from webpage)



Comic and graphic novel resources, from Jess Keating

How do I get them to love reading?

Looking for links and ideas for promoting GNs and comics?

"So here's a list of resources for you, dear readers. Below are some links that describe just how wonderful graphic novels can be, in terms of literacy development, empathy and social growth, and many other facets of development and reading enjoyment. Please feel free to share them anytime you encounter someone who doesn't quite get how wonderful these formats can be, and reach out to me if you've got additional info or links you'd like me to add."



Storytime with Ryan & Craig

Inspiring both boys and girls about reading

"Storytime with Ryan & Craig is a free, short-form reading show for children, parents & educators. Every week, Ryan and Craig read aloud a new children's book. This show is different from other read aloud videos for several reasons: First, it's hosted by not one, but two men, which is fairly uncommon in the literacy and early education world. This offers a new dynamic to inspire and excite both boys and girls about reading!"



TL-teacher collaboration?

What can collaboration with a Teacher-Librarian look like?

Great handout that highlights the many supports that a TL can provide to the classroom teacher.
From the PDF download: 

"Collaboration is an explicit part of every teacher-librarian's job description, and scheduled activities may take a variety of forms. All collaborative activity aims to support and extend learning opportunities. All collaborative activity is valuable. The examples of collaborative activity which follow is not a prescriptive list. Collaboration looks different in every school community, and is dependent upon the needs of all the learners involved."


Surrey Schools ONE | Digital Resources

Supporting teaching and learning with digital resources
⁦‪@Surrey_Schools‬⁩ Teacher Librarians #sd36tl worked together this week to start this ONE place for a curated collection of online resources to support learning and teaching. New resources being added daily!



Get a #surreylibraries card from home

Read from anywhere!
Get a #surreylibraries card from home, and let the eReading begin.
(Thanks to the LAM TL for promoting this!)

1. Go to 2. Scroll to 'Surrey Residents can now get a library card from home' 3. Click heading 4. Fill out form 5. Enjoy free ebooks



Google Maps and the permanence of borders

Redrawing the borders on maps - depending on who's looking

This is an interesting area for TLs to explore with their students - how do we determine how reliable information sources are. We generally think that maps are relatively neutral - but borders can be contested, and countries can be fluid!



Give Vooks a try - free trial

Narrated, animated picture books

"Vooks is a streaming service that brings children's storybooks to life with animated illustrations and narrated story. Imagine storybooks where the illustrations move, the sounds sound, and the story comes to life! Children can read along, watch, or giggle at will."


Not Censorship But Selection

I select but he censors: musings on selection

Lester Asheim raises some important considerations when selecting titles for one's collection. Published in 1953, the questions he raises are timely in light of the current "book banning" zeitgeist.

Form the article:
"Selection, then, begins with a presumption in favor of liberty of thought; censorship, with a presumption in favor of thought control. Selection's approach to the book is positive, seeking its values in the book as a book, and in the book as a whole. Censorship's approach is negative, seeking for vulnerable characteristics wherever they can be found – anywhere within the book, or even outside it. Selection seeks to protect the right of the reader to read; censorship seeks to protect – not the right – but the reader himself from the fancied effects of his reading. The selector has faith in the intelligence of the reader; the censor has faith only in his own."



MDS - like DDC

A quick, clickable classification

I came across this LibraryThing shortcut to generating an approximate DDC-like number for specific titles.


You simply click on the boxes that correspond to category of the book in front of you and it builds a DDC-like number. (They use "Melvil" because "Dewey" is copyrighted.)

Then it generates a list of titles in LibraryThing that have that number, and some categories at the bottom of the page that probably overlap ("Far friends"). You can also see a bit of a word cloud/tag cloud to the right that gives you a sense of what topics the real DDC number would likely address. (If you have a LT account, you can even see which of your own books fit the category.)

 Not as accurate as some other tools, but rather a "quick and dirty" guide.


(It's also fun to click through and see what titles come up.)







John Green keynote | SLJ Summit 2017

The importance of caring adults in the lives of students.

Author John Green opens the 2017 SLJ Summit in Nashville, TN, and speaks about many things, including the role of TLs as the last best defence against the false information, and the importance of teachers who extend caring to students with struggles.


Author Shaun David Hutchinson keynote | SLJ Summit 2016

Diverse books are bridges.

Shaun David Hutchinson, author of 'We Are the Ants' and 'The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley' delivers a moving keynote at School Library Journal's 2016 Leadership Summit on October 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. He speaks passionately about the bridges that diverse books can be in the lives of teens, and how teacher-librarians are the caretakers of those bridges.


Forest Teen Committee Summer Reading List

Check out what teens should be reading!

"Pump up your summer reading with our Forest Teen Committee Summer Reading List. Check out what teens should be reading - as chosen by the readers themselves!:"


How do we teach students to identify fake news?

Fact and fiction can be difficult to distinguish

TLs have a particular interest in teaching both students and staff the tools to be more critical consumers of news and media in general. This article (plus the downloadable "factsheet" from EdCan will help!

In a "post-truth" era where people are increasingly influenced by their emotions and beliefs over factual information, fact and fiction can be difficult to distinguish, and fake news can spread rapidly through mainstream media sources and social networks. Moreover, fake news is often meant to do harm, by tricking us into believing a lie or unfairly discrediting a person or political movement.



YA Smackdown – Pro-D for Secondary TLs

Networking with other TLs

Teen Services Underground has this great idea for TLs who work with teens. The "Smackdown" is a fun truth-or-dare type activity that prompts participants to share ideas, give opinions and tell stories about their work with teens. It might be fun as an icebreaker or opening session on a Pro-D day for secondary TLs.

"YA Smackdown is a grassroots meet-up and idea generation tool for anyone providing library services to teens. Participants pass a cup or hat or receptacle of some sort, and pull out different challenges related to teen services.It is fun, informal, and a clear ripoff not at all reminiscent of the fantastic Guerrilla Storytime."



Boston Children’s Museum Lunch & Learn, Dr. Robert Brooks

On being resilient

Listen to Dr Robert Brooks as he talks about the key ingredients students need in order to be resilient:
1. Connection. The need to belong,feel welcome & connected
2. Control. The need for self-determination & autonomy
3. Contribution. Making a difference in the lives of others 
4. Competence. Areas of strength

We can do so much in our work in libraries to give students opportunities to find these four Cs. Think about your library page program, or how we encourage kids to pick books, or setting up buddy reading, or the many other options we provide.