Take Your Kids to Work Day


Thanks to all the kids who came to work in the library on “Take Your Kids to Work Day.” While most of them will spend the rest of their lives remembering this great day, and will yearn for another chance, sadly most of them will never work in a library again. Cherish the memories!

One of these kids belongs to the Teacher Librarian. The others just wanted to be here because whatever their parents do clearly pales in comparison to the mighty work of the Teacher Librarian! Not to mention the chance to spend a day with Buck the Library Duck.



The happy news is that students at LTS can join the Library Team for the chance to volunteer in the school library on a regular shift! Check out our library team page and fill out our online application.



Thursday at Lunch: LIBRARY UNPLUGGED

Bring your lunch but leave your worries behind. The John Buchan Library / Uncommon Learning Commons / Panther Den / Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School Library / The Most Awesome Place on Earth is pleased to offer a lunch-time acoustic performance on our brand new stage! Be sure to be there so you can tell your friends that you were at the very first “Library Unplugged” session!

“Seeing In Technicolour” will be performing live on the Library Stage for the very first session of “Library Unplugged”

On This Day in Games History: Elizabeth Magie & Monopoly

source: landlordsgame.info

One of the world’s most popular board games, Monopoly, has a controversial and confusing history.  While Charles Darrow receives most of the fame for developing the game, in fact many sources contributed to create Monopoly. The person who most deserved a better fate was Elizabeth Magie. Her game, “The Landlord’s Game,” is the earliest known version of the game that we now know as Monopoly. On this day in 1935, Parker Brothers acquired the patent from Magie for $500.  Monopoly would go on to generate millions, and Magie’s contribution would be ignored for many decades. Only in recent years has the full story started to emerge.

For more on this fascinating story, check out the following links:

Mental Floss

Landlord’s Game

Official Monopoly Site

New York Times

History Detectives

Veterans’ Week November 5-11

From Veterans Affairs Canada:

Each year, from November 5 to 11, hundreds of commemorative ceremonies and events will take place across the country to commemorate Veterans’ week. These are opportunities for all Canadians to recognize the contribution our Veterans have made and to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of Canada.

There are so many ways to remember and honour our Veterans:

  • Wear a poppy.
  • Attend your local Remembrance Day ceremony on November 11th.
  • Thank a Veteran by sending a postcard for peace.
  • Teachers – order some of our free learning materials and use our Teacher’s Guide to lead your classroom on a remembrance journey.
  • Students – read one of our remembrance newspapers written just for Grade 7 and above.
  • Talk to a friend or relative who served with the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan or in other areas of conflict.
  • View our Heroes Remember videos and listen to Veterans talk about their experiences.
  • Plant your own Garden of Remembrance.
  • Visit the remembrance challenge page where you will find videos and images you can use to create a mashup, build a virtual scrapbook, a fan site or just decorate your own Web space. Share what you build with others and link back to our site.

However you choose to remember Canada’s Veterans, be sure to share it with everyone you know. Together, it is our duty to pass on our gratitude and keep their legacy and memories alive. This Veterans’ Week, show you remember.



Source: SikhWiki

Diwali is celebrated by millions of people in India, Canada and around the world. Hundreds of millions of Hindus celebrate “the Festival of Lights.” People of other faiths, including Sikhism, also celebrate. For Sikhs the festival has added significance as it generally coincides with a Sikh celebration known as Bandi Chhor Divas. For more on Diwali check out:

source: province.com

Games Day Just a Few Weeks Away


International Games Day @ Your Library is just a few weeks away– your school library is hosting a day of gaming on Friday, November 15.  Ask your teacher if your class is coming!

Here are just SOME of the games that we have in our collection.

  • Monopoly
  • Clue
  • Scrabble
  • Carcassone
  • Risk
  • Stratego
  • Quiddler
  • Scattergories
  • Backgammon
  • Blokus
  • Diplomacy
  • Chess
  • Anomia
  • Cribbage
  • Othello

Keep in mind that these games can be borrowed at any time, not just on Games Day!


Planning is already underway for the 2014 rugby season at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School. In particular, the Junior Boys team is asking any Grade 9 or Grade 10 boys interested in playing rugby for the school this year to SIGN UP (click on the link to go to our online sign up page.)  You can also check out the Panther Rugby page for information about all the teams at our school.  Check back often as more information gets posted as we get closer to the spring season.

IGD@YL: International Games Day @ Your Library!

IGD12-logo-medium-300x86Your School Library Learning Commons is hosting its 2nd Annual “International Games Day @ Your Library” on Friday, November 15th. All day long you can come down to celebrate the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games. Join with thousands of people all over the world who will gathering to game in school libraries on Friday, November 16th, and in public libraries on Saturday, November 16th. Ask your teacher if your class is coming! Stay posted for more details.

November 15 @ Your SCHOOL Library
November 16 @ Your PUBLIC Library

The Fonz

Henry Winkler as Fonzie

Henry Winkler was born on this day in 1945.  While he may be known to young readers as the author of the Hank Ziper books, he is best known in pop culture for portrayal of Arthur Fonzarelli on Happy Days. “Fonzie” or “The Fonz” was a pop culture superstar during the 1970’s.  Since then Winkler has appeared in wide variety of television, movie and stage roles. He has also been a director, producer and writer.


Sense and Sensibility

senseandsensiSense and Sensibility by Jane Austen was published on this day in 1811.  The novel was published anonymously, “BY A LADY.”  Few people knew the identity of the author, and she was never famous in her lifetime. However, over time her fame has grown and she has become one of the most beloved authors of all time.


Sense and Sensibility has been adapted many times for television and film, and has also been the subject of a “mash-up,” Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.

Other novels by Austen include Emma, Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice (my personal favourite.)