Also known by such names as Freedom Day and Jubilee Day, Juneteenth is a celebration of the end of slavery in the former Confederacy after the end of the American Civil War.

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Juneteenth has grown to be a day that is observed in the US and around the world, as it symbolizes not only the fight against the evil that is slavery, but also the fight against racism in all its forms. In light of current events, this Juneteenth in 2020 is especially significant

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World Press Freedom Day

May 3rd is World Press Freedom Day, as established by UNESCO / United Nations. The freedom of the press is essential to the establishment and health of democracy.  In our world of social media, misinformation, disinformation, fake news and conspiracy theories, we need a free, independent, professional and ethical press more than ever.

As the [COVID-19] pandemic spreads, it has also given rise to a second pandemic of misinformation, from harmful health advice to wild conspiracy theories. The press provides the antidote: verified, scientific, fact-based news and analysis.

Source: UN Secretary-General António Guterres

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Earth Day

April 22, 2020 marks the 50th celebration of Earth Day.

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Although it is pretty insignificant in relation to the entire universe, less than a grain of sand in the ocean of space, the Earth is pretty important to us– it is the only home we have.  All human beings should celebrate the Earth, and protect it.

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International Women’s Day: Books

Check out our display of books for International Women’s Day, including titles relating to Feminism; justice,equality and freedom for women; the status of women and girls in Canada and around the world.

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International Women’s Day 2020

Happy International Women’s Day 2020!


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International Women’s Day is March 8.  Celebrate today and this month in the school library. Check out our display of books and other materials related to women, feminism, and the ongoing struggle for the equality, rights and freedoms of women in Canada, and around the World.


Black History Month at Curio.ca

In celebration of Black History Month, the CBC’s Curio.ca has put together a collection of video, audio and teacher resource guides. Students and teachers in Surrey Schools, and others with Curio.ca subscriptions, can access this collection for free! Find out more: Curio.ca

Here is an example of some of the content available to you:


Black Lives Matter: The Disruptors – The Fifth Estate (CBC)

The Origins of Black History Month in Canada and the United States

Find out more about the origins of Black History Month:


By Ernie Pryor / Kkhemet – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,


Freedom to Read Week

February 23 to 29 is Freedom to Read Week in Canada.  Come down to the School Library to find out more.  We have a display of books and other resources related to our freedom to read, our right to have access to information, and our responsibility to exercise those rights and freedoms as informed, free-thinking citizens.  We will will also feature online resources, so be sure to check out our site, tweedsmuirlibrary.wordpress.com.

Freedom to Read Week 2020

Maybe the Best Pitcher Ever

Leroy Satchel Paige
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Satchel Paige might be the greatest pitcher in the history of baseball. Sadly, when he was in his prime he did not get the chance to compete at the highest level, as the racism of the times kept black baseball players out of the majors. After Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s colour barrier in 1947, Satchel Paige finally got to play in the big leagues in 1948 at the age of 42.  Even at that age Paige was a dominant All-Star pitcher, and he became the first Negro Leagues player to pitch in a World Series.  He retired in 1953, although he came back in his 50’s for a brief 3 inning appearance in one game in 1965.  As good as he was in his short major league career, we are left to wonder what could have been had Paige had been able to pitch in the big leagues during his prime.


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Come down to the School Library to check out our book displays for Black History Month