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Sheet Music From Canada's Past 

Scores from the past 150 years
"Library and Archives Canada brings together intriguing and historically important sheet music from the past 150 years. (Credit goes to Helmut Kallmann, a young CBC music librarian who began to collect sheet music in the early 1950s.) This website currently features sheet music published before 1900, from 1900 to 1913 and from 1914 to 1920, selected from the historical collection of Library and Archives Canada."

(PDFs and some MP3s available.)


Young Adults and Children's Services Magazine

Programming for Young Adults and Children

The last three issues of YAACING are available here in interactive digital format. (PDFs of older issues are found on the main site.)
Catch up on the latest Red Cedar or Stellar Award news, pick up a new storytime idea, or collect a few new readers advisory titles.... YAACS (Young Adults and Children's Services) is a section of the British Columbia Library Association whose purpose is to promote the exchange of ideas among library personnel who work with Children and Young Adults.



Canada's History through Books

A site with a focus on Canadian History

The "canadashistory" site, whose mission is "to make the discovery of our nation's past relevant, engaging, empowering and accessible to all Canadians", has a great subsection that talks about history books we should all be reading! This page is a repository for current book reviews, the latest featured titles and video interviews with authors. You can join their online book club or see the top history bestsellers for the past year.

This is a good place to get recommendations for your adult friends, and there are titles that will make your Socials department head smile.



Bringing Métis Children’s Literature to Life:

Teacher Guidebook - suggested Métis books and lesson plans
Downloadable PDF

"Bringing Métis Children's Literature to Life" is a guidebook for teachers to support the children's literature published by Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI). Not only will teachers be able to teach about the Métis but they will also utilize strategies that foster and promote literacy development (listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, and representing).  Each story brings traditional and contemporary Métis culture to life. They honour the past and present. Métis children often see themselves in these publications. Non-Métis students will see and connect with the universal themes and relate them to their own lives while learning about Métis culture.



Reading for pleasure puts children ahead in class- IOE study

UK study extolls reading for pleasure

"Children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers, according to the UK Institute of Education (IOE). The IOE study... found that children who read for pleasure made more progress in maths, vocabulary and spelling between the ages of 10 and 16 than those who rarely read. ... Reading for pleasure was found to be more important for children's cognitive development between ages 10 and 16 than their parents' level of education. The combined effect on children's progress of 1) reading books often, 2) going to the library regularly and 3) reading newspapers at 16 was four times greater than the advantage children gained from having a parent with a degree.

The study also reported that children who were read to regularly by their parents at age 5 performed better in all three tests at age 16 than those who were not helped in this way.


iOS Apps to support the Inquiry Process

How to support students through the research process
A recent post from "Librarians on the Fly"

"Our school just unrolled the first phase of our 1:1 iPad program tonight.  In preparation of this big event, I spent some time this summer looking into how I could support and guide students through the research process using apps. ... it was a lot of fun to read through suggestions, try new apps, and build a chart that includes all phases of the research process.  


Science - Multimedia Portal - Secondary

Science in images, sound, and motion
"In the Science Multimedia Center, we've gathered a variety of special features with a multimedia bent, to provide access to science not only in words but also in images, sound, and motion. Most of the material accessed from this gateway is free to all users of the site.

Here's a description of the main portal areas:

  • Science Podcast. These are weekly online audiocasts with interesting stories in Science and its sister sites.
  • Images and Slide Shows. Striking images or interesting photo essays associated with content on the Science sites.
  • Videos and Seminars. This section includes video presentations tied into Science special issues.
  • Interactives. Enhanced Web versions of posters, illustrations, and other material.

Children's Uptake on Ebooks Expected to Increase - study

Another surge in ebook reading is predicted
"Ebook readership in Canadian families is already high—41% of parents and 27% of teens have already adopted digital reading—and another surge in ebook reading is coming soon, predicts a newly released study by BookNet Canada. "Measuring Attitudes and Adoption of Digital Content for Kids and Teens", released today (Sept 16, 2013), reviews parents' and teens' attitudes towards reading and technology and examines how new behaviours and technologies are transforming the way families find, access, and consume stories."

Infographic representation of the study results. [LINK]

Snapshots from space history

A selection of the historic space pictures
This UCL website showcases a small selection of the historic space pictures in the NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility, many of them never published online before, others only ever in low resolution.

  • The Moon in 1910
  • Earth in 1966
  • Mars in 1972
  • Jupiter's moons in 1979
  • Venus in 1982