Bodhi Day

BuddhaThe religion known as Buddhism dates back to the 6th or 5th Century BCE, when the Indian Prince Siddhartha Gautama became the “Buddha,” literally, “the Enlightened One.” The followers of the Mahayana branch of Buddhism observes Bodhi Day in celebration of the day that the Buddha sat below the Bodhi Tree and meditated on the meaning of life. Bodhi Day is celebrated mainly by the Buddhists of northern and eastern Asia (in Japan the day is known as Rohatsu) and in countries to which those people have immigrated (such as Canada). For more on Bodhi Day and the life of the Buddha, click here.

Colm Cille

irishsavedIf you haven’t yet read How the Irish Saved Civilization, put it on your reading list! Author Thomas Cahill tells some remarkable stories from the era that he calls one of the “hinges of history.”  Cahill makes the case that ideas that came from the Greeks, the Romans and the Jews, ideas that are among the foundational ideas of our civilization, were on the edge of an abyss, possibly to be lost forever. If not for the Irish, our civilization, at least civilization as we know it today, may have slipped away forever.  Read it for yourself and see what you think.

One of the remarkable figures that jumps off the pages is Colm Cille.  Known also as Saint Columba in the Roman Catholic Church, Colm Cille was one of those Irishman who inspired the notion that Ireland is the land of “Saints and Scholars.”  In a world of darkness, Colm Cille helped to bring light.

Fifteen hundred years ago, in the wake of a terrible battle, full of remorse, St. Colmcille left Ireland for Scotland. On the remote island of Iona he began a new life and helped create a new world. The beautiful manuscripts he and his followers produced helped spread not only Christianity but ideas about literacy, peace-making and nation-building, not to mention punctuation! His followers became missionaries, builders, teachers. It’s no exaggeration to say that these men from the North of Ireland rebuilt Europe. (source: The Return of Colmcille)

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St. Nicholas Day

stnickIf people tell you that Santa Claus isn’t real, tell them to think again! Saint Nicholas lived in the 3rd and 4th Centuries AD(CE). He lived in what is now known as Turkey, but what was then a Greek area of the Roman Empire. The legends surrounding his life grew and evolved over the years, eventually leading to our modern picture of Santa.

In much of Europe and in many parts of the world, St. Nicholas Day is celebrated on December 6, or on another date other than Christmas. For more information, check out the St. Nicholas Centre.

Hanukkah

source: Roylindman at en.wikipedia

Jews in Canada and around the world celebrate Hanukkah starting at sundown tonight. The Festival of Lights is a celebration of God’s deliverance and provision. The event began in remembrance of Maccabean revolt in the 2nd Century BCE, when the Hebrews recaptured the Temple in Jerusalem, the spiritual centre of Judaism. Each candle of the Menorah is lit, one per day for the 8 day Festival. Like all Jewish Holy Days, which follow the lunar Hebrew Calendar, Hanukkah can occur anytime from late November to late December according to the Gregorian Calendar. This year Hanukkah will begin at sundown on December 24 and will conclude on the evening of January 1st. For more information on Hanukkah, check out some of the following:

Check out our display: “Holidays & Holy Days”

SafeTeen

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SafeTeen is a tremendous program that covers a variety of topics including conflict resolution, healthy relationships, bullying, sexual health and more.

Once again we are very pleased to host SafeTeen seminars in the school library.  Grade 8 girls will be attending SafeTeen seminars on November 22, 23 and 25. As such, the room will be closed to all drop-in and study block students, as well as to all male staff.

SafeTeen

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SafeTeen is a tremendous program that covers a variety of topics including conflict resolution, healthy relationships, bullying, sexual health and more.

Once again we are very pleased to host SafeTeen seminars in the school library. Grade 8 girls will be attending SafeTeen seminars on November 22, 23 and 25. As such, the room will be closed to all drop-in and study block students, as well as to all male staff.

eBooks: How to Borrow an eBook from your School Library

Source: CC BY-SA 2.0 Tina Franklin
Source: CC BY-SA 2.0 Tina Franklin

Through the school library, the district collection, and beyond to the public library system and other libraries, you have access to a large selection of eBooks that you can read on your tablet, phone, laptop or other device.

Here are the steps you need to follow to download eBooks onto your devices:

 


A. Find an eBook

  1. Go to our catalog.
  2. Sign-in with your district Username and Password.
  3. Search for a book.
  4. Follett eBooks will appear in the search results with a unique material type icon.
  5. If you wish, you can restrict your search to Follett eBooks.
  6. Select a title from the results.
  7. Or if you’ve viewed the record first, select “Open.”
  8. The eBook will open for viewing in your browser.

B. Download the eBook

  1. Download the Follett BryteWave app. (App Store.)
  2. Open the BryteWave app.
  3. Sign in with your Surrey Schools account username and password. Choose our school from the drop down list.
  4. Choose your book from the “My eReader” tab.
  5. If your borrowed books do not appear, click on the sync button.
  6. Open your book and select “Download this title” when prompted.
  7. Once the download is complete, you can read the entire book on your device, even if you are offline.

(The above instructions will work for downloading to an iPad or other IOS device. You may need to follow different steps for a different device.)

For an illustrated version of these steps, and more info, go here.

 

International Games Day @ Your Library

Today the School Library will welcome students for the 5th Annual IGD@YL event at Lord Tweedsmuir.  These students, boys and girls, Grade 8 to 12, will come from all over the building, representing subjects across the curriculum.  The students here are gathering with thousands students all over the world today, and thousands and thousands of people in public libraries all over the world tomorrow.  We celebrate the  educational power of games and gaming, especially the too often overlooked wonder of board games, table games and other “face to face” social games. Come down to the School Library today to check it out!igd_logo