Louis Riel Day

Today the people of British Columbia observe Louis Riel Day.  The government of BC and the Métis people of the province have expressed a “commitment to work together for the betterment of Métis people throughout British Columbia.” (source.)  As a symbol of this, the province has declared November 16 to be Louis Riel Day, in honour of the historical hero of the Métis people.

Louis Riel led the Métis in the Red River Rebellion and the North-West Rebellion of the late 19th Century. Riel was captured, tried and found guilty of treason, and was executed by the Canadian government on November 16, 1885.  Even then his death was extremely divisive. Not only did the Métis express outrage at the execution of their leader, so too did many French Canadians who saw Riel as a champion of the rights of French speakers in Canada.  In the years since his death many have come to see Riel as a hero, a symbol of resistance against the oppression of the indigenous people of this land, and as the champion of the Métis.

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STR: Girl in the Blue Coat

Girl in the Blue Coat
by Monica Hesse

A grief-stricken procurer of black-market goods in World War II-era Amsterdam is compelled to help a desperate neighbor track down a missing Jewish teen who had been hiding from the Nazis.

 

 

 


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Remembrance Day

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At Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary today we have our annual assemblies to observe Remembrance Day. We honour the memory of those Canadians who have fallen in war.  We do not celebrate or glorify war, but we pay respect to those that have paid the terrible costs of war.

This coming weekend will be a long weekend for students, a chance for rest and recreation. However, it is important to remember that Remembrance Day is not one of the those holidays that is just an excuse for a long weekend. Please take some time over these next few days to reflect on what Remembrance Day is all about. And on the 11th, plan to take some time to honour those that have died and those that have served. Whether you attend a ceremony in person, or check out the television coverage of the ceremony in Ottawa, take some time for Remembrance.

STR: Six of Crows

Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo

Offered a chance to participate in a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams, criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker recruits a team of talented associates to organize a plot that is threatened by their mutual enmity. ​

 

 

 


Come down to the School Library to get your copy today!  Find out more about all the Surrey Teens Read nominated titles for 2017-2018: go to surreyteensread.weebly.com

Success: International Games Week @ Your Library

After 5 years of hosting International Games Day @ Your Library at the Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School Library, we joined in with the inaugural International Games Week @ Your Library.  Thousands of people at thousands of libraries in dozens of countries all over the globe took part in this international celebration of the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.

At our school we had over 400 students come to the library to learn about IGW@YL and to have a chance to play one of our many board games.  Thanks to all the students who participated, we hope you had as much fun as it looked like you were having!  And thanks to the following teachers who signed up to bring classes: Ms. Mason; Ms. Wilson; Ms. Dubland; Ms. Overgaard; Ms. Konradova; Mr. Dasanjh; Mr. Koshman; Mr. Biggin.

Interational Games Week @ Your Library

What is the connection between libraries and board games? From the Games and Gaming Round Table of the ALA:

Board games are the only medium in the library’s collection that are explicitly designed to encourage social interaction. At a time when many parents and educators are worried about the passive, isolated consumption of digital media, board games get people of different backgrounds engaging with each other across a table, solving problems, improving a number of practical skills, and having a good time. When looked at from this perspective, board games cannot be dismissed as mere diversions but are instead critical to the library’s mission to foster community and lifelong learning.

Find out more. Check out the Games and Gaming Round Table

International Games Week @ Your Library

 

International Games Week @ Your Library is a celebration of the amazing educational power of games and the vital role that libraries can play in helping people enjoy them. The history of IGW@YL goes back to 2007 and the first National Games Day in the United States. The event grew to become International Games Day in 2012. This year it has expanded to become International Games Week.  Thousands of libraries (public libraries and school libraries) all over the world have participated in these events, including libraries from 53 and countries and all 7 continents.  The following associations are key contributors to this event: