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Poetry - Infotopia links

Explore links to Poetry resources

Infotopia has new page of resources for poetry. You'll find links to famous poets, texts from a range of poetry as well as voice recordings of poem read-alouds (courtesy HarperAudio)


Feliciter - Vol59, #1 - Digital Rights Management

The February issue of the Feliciter

The Feliciter, Volume 59, Issue 1: "Digital Rights Management" is now ready to be viewed online in one of 3 formats on the CLA website.


"Free at Last" interactive Timeline - BBC

A troubled period in American history. (1918 - 1968)

In this BBC history site, you'll examine the images, hear the voices and look into the faces that changed a nation.

"Ordinary men, women and children were drawn into a fierce struggle for equal rights regardless of the colour of their skin, while other ordinary people were determined to resist them. Across the American South, issues such as segregation, equal schooling and the chance to vote cost many people their jobs, their freedom and even their lives.



Google Doodles

Celebrate holidays, anniversaries with Doodles

View current doodles, or talk a walk down memory lane. You might even ask students to create their own to celebrate a local event, or use the ideas to "doodle-ify" their own name.

"Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.

"Over time, the demand for doodles has risen in the U.S. and internationally. Creating doodles is now the responsibility of a team of talented illlustrators (we call them doodlers) and engineers. For them, creating doodles has become a group effort to enliven the Google homepage and bring smiles to the faces of Google users around the world.


NPR's Backseat Book Club

An audio book club aimed at 9-14 year-olds

"National Public Radio's "Backseat Bookclub" is an audio book club aimed at 9-14 year-olds. Kids read a book selected by club members and send in their questions. These are presented to the book's author during the "All Things Considered", NPR's afternoon radio program. (December's selection was Rick Riordan's The Red Pyramid.) Listen to interviews with authors.



Helping Students Discover the Value of a Good Set of Notes

Students benefit from having good notes

"Students benefit from taking and having a good set of notes, even though many of them don't see the value, don't take good notes, and like it best when they can copy word-for-word what the teacher says or has on the PowerPoint slides. ... We can tell them in class, on the syllabus and the course website that they need to take notes, but I think less telling and more showing is the better way to go. This post offers a range of activities teachers can use to help students discover what a good set of notes enables them to do."


YALSA Book Awards | Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

Hot Reading for Teens - YALSA - 2013

YALSA honors the best teen literature each year with its six literary awards, announced each year at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

"The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18.  YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.


Get More Out of Google (print-friendly) Poster

Make Google sing and dance

Share this great poster. If you have a colour printer, even better! This is a nicely laid out infographic listing step by step instructions for making Google find what you're really looking for. (Oh, and don't forget to ask a librarian too)


Upcoming BCTLA February advocacy events

February Events for your Library
The BCTLA invites you, your school, and your school library to join us to celebrate twice this month...

February 14th: Love Your School Library Day
Join the Ning and connect with our LYSLD Group to share the 'advocacy' ideas you are planning for the 14th. Lots of great, creative ideas were posted last year. Visit the Ning and search for the 'Love Your School Library Day' group. We will also be tweeting at #lysld2013. (see attached our official poster for LYSLD.

February 25 - March 1: Freedom to Read Week.
Visit to get more details, posters, and ideas on how to celebrate the fight against censorship in Canada. Again, visit our Ning as we will be adding a FTRW group to share ideas later next week. 


BC Heritage Fairs - a great research opportunity for kids and teachers

 "Heritage Fairs are coming!"

"Engage your students in innovative project-based learning on Canadian history. Have them present their research to historians and the broader public at a regional Heritage Fair."

The location and dates of the 12 BC regional fairs, plus guidelines and contact information are on-line.There are also ideas and resources for inquiry learning on the Forgotten Wars, stories of invasion and resistance in the history or B.C. and Canada. (Contact a regional coordinator soon to register your school.)

This is a great opportunity for teacher-librarians to offer enrichment to students who aren't already studying Canadian history as part of the SS curriculum.


Ban the Book Report - Preview Book online

Go beyond narrow and analytical book reports

"Wise teachers assign reading responses that are interesting, relevant, and encourage further reading. "Ban the Book Report" presents 20 classroom-tested assignments for personal response to independent reading, each with a reproducible rubric, response form, and two exemplars. (Preview the entire book online!)



Marketing Books to Teens

Connecting Teens to Titles (archived webinar)

Listen to an English teacher and a School Teacher-Librarian talk about how they connect teens to titles. Listen how they use a thematic approach, incorporating booktalks and new arrivals to pique student interest. (The system will prompt you to download a PPT of the presentation right at the start.)  Part of the "Library 2.012" conference online offerings.


''Why Won't You Just Tell Us the Answer?'' - rethinking history class

Investigate the past - the way professional historians do

Rethink how you teach history with this book (Preview online):

"Students may think they want to be given the answer. Yet, when they are actively engaged in investigating the past - the way professional historians do - they find that history class is not about the boring memorization of names, dates, and facts. Instead, it's challenging fun. Historical study that centers on a question, where students gather a variety of historical sources and then develop and defend their answers to that question, allows students to become actual historians immersed in an interpretive study of the past."