Library Links

"Content that might be of interest to Teacher-Librarians..."


JellyBeanScoop - simple news with audio

For reluctant readers, text-challenged students and ELL

"Jellybean Scoop is a new innovative way to engage children in reading. Our incredibly high interest nonfiction stories are sure to draw any kid's attention and spark an interest in reading. All stories are true and with a login account, teachers can access full audio files, comprehension tests, vocabulary building practice, sentence building practice and read aloud functions."


BCTF Project of Heart eBook

Illuminating the history of Indian Residential Schools in BC

(online ebook and downlaodable PDF)
This resource is useful for building background and context for BC teachers on this topic, and selected pages could be used with high school students.

"This eBook is intended to be an interactive resource leading educators from the story to the 'back story' utilizing links on each page to offer related resources. Throughout this book you will find Project of Heart tiles with an 'aura' which indicates that this is a link. Click on each of these tiles to find additional resources including films, videos, documents, articles, activities and more."


"Teaching Arguments" for HS writing classes

Comprehend, analyze, and respond to arguments

"Teaching Arguments" gives you a firm grounding in rhetorical concepts, practical writing prompts, and engaging activities—such as the rhetorical précis, descriptive outlining, and the doubting & believing game—to build the skills your students need to comprehend, analyze, and respond to arguments. (Preview the entire book by visiting the link above!)



Tools from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Resources to support school libraries
Articles, brochures, Infographics, Posters and Toolkits to promote support for school library programs. (Some material may have an exclusively American context.)


New and Improved -> Together for Learning

Learning Commons site has been refreshed

"The Together for Learning vision is coming alive. The T4L website provides a collaborative learning space to create, share, celebrate and lead best practice as schools realize the power of the Learning Commons. All members of the learning community will discover powerful ideas about teaching and learning in today's information and technology rich environment."


Shortlists For 2015 National Book Awards (US)

Fiction, non-fic, poetry and YA
"Shortlists for the National Book Awards went public Wednesday, halving the number of nominees to just 20 finalists. Among the books that have survived the second round of cuts, a few clear favorites are beginning to emerge — while others have been displaced by less familiar names."


Engaging Reluctant Middle Grade Readers Webcast

SL Journal Webcast
(archived from Oct 13, 2015)

Quick booktalks re: new series and titles that will appeal to your Middle School aged students:

"Getting a struggling and/or reluctant reader excited about books is a challenge for many librarians. Very often, a voracious reader is hidden within these kids—they just need to find the right books to help spark their interests. This highly informative webcast will feature a panel of authors and market experts providing a sneak peek at intriguing new books from our sponsors."



Fall 2015 YAACING magazine is now available

The Fall 2015 issue of YAACING is now available. Click on the first link to read it on issuu, or the second to download the PDF.
"Highlights include the Summer Reading Club theme announcement for 2016, a library dance party recap from Amy Dawley, using puppetry to teach narrative from Kristine Stephenson, and two excellent booklists, one on ensemble books from Fiona Trotter and the other on dealing with addiction from Cassidy Owen.  And, of course, dispatches from the regulars: Heather Gloster and Kaitlyn Vardy on teen and children's programming, respectively, and the best new book review sites from Lindsey and Dana."