Library Links

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


American Indian Youth Literature Award

Books that feature FNMI writing and illustrating

Although these titles often fit an American context more than a Canadian one, there are some good titles to explore. (The 2016 list is here.)

"The American Indian Youth Literature Awards are presented every two years. The awards were established as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. Books selected to receive the award will present American Indians in the fullness of their humanity in the present and past contexts."



Chinese New Year links

Links to stories and a song.
Listen to a girl telling us about why she likes Chinese New Year, and what she does at this time.

The Chinese Lunar calendar names each year after one of twelve animals. Here is the story of the Jade Emperor's clever plan to decide the order of the animals. Find out who came first in The Great Race.

This song is about the special things people do to celebrate Chinese New Year.

(Thanks PH for the links)

BC Digital Classroom Collection

E-resources for students and teachers

Do you know what resources are available to schools that subscribe to ERAC's "BC Digital Classroom Collection"? This linked brochure gives a quick overview.


Adolescent Literacy Guide Gr 7-12

Supporting literacy learning for teens
This guide provides a context for the teacher working with adolescents, and explores their physical, cognitive, emotional and social development. In this context, the guide provides strategies and perspectives to promote critical literacy, metacognition, questioning, and voice & identity.


Evolution of inquiry based learning at Ardagh Bluffs Public School

"How and why you must implement inquiry based learning"
Read this paper by Greg Harris (Teacher Librarian) as he writes about his efforts to push, drag and encourage teachers, teacher librarians and administrators to use inquiry based learning throughout the curriculum. (He writes about his failures and eventual successes, his speedbumps and victories!)



Virtual Museum of Anthropology at UBC

Explore Collections and Objects online

Explore the many amazing artifacts in the MOA's collection by browsing the online image catalog. You will also find themed collections of a variety of topics. This is a good place to find historical Canadian Aboriginal materials.



Comics: Art in Relationship - Free course

An online course for beginning & advanced visual artists
"Comics are one of the most popular and exciting ways to tell a story. This course offers a look at the fundamental building blocks of the comic book medium. Exploring panel to panel transitions, text to image relationships, and the intricacies of page layouts, students will examine new and innovative ways to bring their stories to life."


National Screen Institute – Film Festival

NSI Short Film Festival
View (for a limited time only) various short films on a range of topics and in a range of genres. (NOTE: not all titles are appropriate for school-aged students, but you may find some gems here.) Some titles offer French tracks or subtitles, and would be good for Film studies classes.


Applied Design, Skills and Technologies curriculum

Draft Applied Design, Skills and Technologies
At the K-5 level, it is a "builder/makerspace-type" integrated curriculum that would mostly link to Science and Socials - maybe Art.  (TLs in Elementary schools would find opportunities to collaborate with the classroom teacher to support this, especially if you have already begun supporting Makerspace activities in your library.)

There's a nice tie-in to Makerspaces, Inquiry and Digital Literacy for Gr 6 & 7 students, with a nod towards coding.  (Take a look at the Grade 6-7 "Big Ideas and Learning standards" - especially Computational Thinking, Computers and Communications Devices, Digital Literacy, Media Arts, and Robotics.) Schools could also use locally developed material.