International School Library Month

October is International School Library Month! Join with people around the globe in recognizing the vital role that school libraries play in education, celebrating the amazing joy and power that school libraries can bring to students.

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Banned Books Week

In the United States the American Library Association presents Banned Books Week, September 24 to 30. 

From the ALA: Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will be held the week of September 24th in 2017. For this year’s celebration, the coalition of organizations that sponsors Banned Books Week will emphasize the importance of the First Amendment, which guarantees our inherent right to read.

People in Canada and around the world stand with Americans who are celebrating and standing up for their right to read. As Canadians we can also celebrate our rights, and learn more about what we need to do to protect those rights.

Reading Buddies

The Reading Buddies program at the Surrey Public Library is looking for volunteer reading buddies. Reading Buddies is a great volunteer opportunity where you can develop your mentorship skills. Being a “big buddy” is a rewarding experience, and counts towards service hours. For more information, check out surreylibraries.ca.  You can download an application form. You can also contact the Youth Services Librarian at the Cloverdale Library to ask questions, and to apply.

Join the Library Team

Join the best team in the school. Volunteer in the School Library with the Library Team.  You know that you want to do it.

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Once again the Panther Den invites you to be a part of the Library Team. We are looking for responsible, diligent students to work as library monitors at lunch, before school and after school. Earn service hours, get first crack at new books and enjoy the privilege of serving your school in an important way.

All students from Grade 8 to 12 are invited. Click here to apply online. See Mr Sexton if you have any questions, and check out the Library Team page.

International Literacy Day

Each year on September 8 the world celebrates International Literacy Day. The Established by the United Nations in 1967, International Literacy Day is meant “to remind the international community of the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies, and the need for intensified efforts towards more literate societies.” This year’s theme is “Literacy in a Digital World.”

Find out more:

UNESCO
International Literacy Association
World Literacy Foundation

International Day of Families

From the United Nations: “The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year.This year’s observance focuses on the role of families and family-oriented policies in promoting education and overall well-being of their members. In particular, the Day is to raise awareness of the role of families in promoting early childhood education and lifelong learning opportunities for children and youth.”  READ MORE

Students Need to See Adults Reading

ssrcam“As a teacher I am more influential as a model than my students will ever let on.”

Read during SSR.  Expect students to have a book, be silent, be respectful of others, and read. Model that. Show them that reading isn’t something we just talk about. Reading is something we really do.

“…teachers who grade papers or balance their checkbooks during SSR are also sending their students a powerful message–a message that time set aside to read isn’t important. It’s true that we often have to model a positive behavior ten, twenty, thirty times before we see it begin to take hold in adolescents.  But it’s also true that if we model a bad behavior once, they learn it immediately. I remind myself of this prior to every SSR period– that as a teacher I am more influential as a model than my students will ever let on. If I talk the talk, I need to walk the walk.”

–Kelly Gallagher, Reading Reasons, 2003.

Students Need to See Adults Reading

ssrvolpe“One way to undermine an SSR program is for the teacher to grade papers, work on the computer, and answer phone calls.”

–Valerie Lee, “Becoming the Reading Mentors Our Adolescents Deserve”

Use SSR time to show the students what engaged readers do. Read alongside the students.   Expect them to be silent and immerse themselves in their reading. Model reading for the students.  Mentor them as readers.