International Volunteer Day

Volunteers rock big time! Join us in celebrating the immeasurably valuable contributions of volunteers in our world.  From those involved in international organizations to those who work informally at the local level, volunteers make a massive, positive impact on society.

Back in 1985 the United Nations established International Volunteer Day and since then people all over the world have been celebrating on December 5 of each year.

source: United Nations

Young. Global. Active.

On IVD 2013, we not only celebrate and recognize volunteerism in all its facets, but also pay special tribute to the contribution of youth volunteers in global peace and sustainable human development. For IVD 2013 we celebrate globally that young people act as agents of change in their communities.To post/read about volunteer actions all over the world and to download useful tools and information, please visit: http://www.volunteeractioncounts.org/en/ivd-2013/ 

(source: UN Volunteers)

At Lord Tweedsmuir we are especially thankful for the many volunteers who work on the Library Team.  Please make sure you express your thanks to these students who serve their classmates, teachers and other staff with such diligence.  As an added bonus, we are pleased to invite all of our Library Team volunteers to a Christmas Party / Appreciation Lunch on Wednesday, December 18.  Stay posted for more details!

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School Library Learning Commons Committee

Wikimedia Commons / RIA Novosti archive, image #696233 / Lev Oustinov / CC-BY-SA 3.0
source: Wikimedia Commons / RIA / CC

Attention all Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School STAFF:
You are invited to join us at lunch on Wednesday, November 11 for a meeting of the School Library Learning Commons Committee.

The School Library Learning Commons belongs to everyone in our school community, including you. We need the input, ideas and direction of teachers from all over the building, across the curriculum and representing every grade. Please consider joining us next Wednesday.

For more information, please get in touch with the Teacher Librarian.

Poll Question: Holiday Comedies

Be sure to check out our display: Holidays & Holy Days

Get a Christmas Card of you with Buck!

buckandfriends2013xmasHelp out the local Food Bank and the Reading Tree program.  A donation of three cans of food, or two new or used books, earns you a photo opportunity with Buck the Library Duck, and a custom made Christmas Card to share with friends and family!

Starting December 2, come down to the School Library to take advantage of this incredible holiday tradition!

Get a Christmas Card featuring a picture of you with Buck!

thiscouldbeyouHelp out the local Food Bank and the Reading Tree program.  A donation of three cans of food, or two new or used books, earns you a photo opportunity with Buck the Library Duck, and a custom made Christmas Card to share with friends and family!

Starting December 2, come down to the School Library to take advantage of this incredible holiday tradition!

C.S. Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis, the author of the Chronicles of Narnia, and much, much more, was born on this day in Belfast, Ireland, in 1898.  Jack, as he was known to friends and family, was a professor of literature at both Oxford and Cambridge, as well as a prolific author of both fiction and non-fiction.  More on C.S. Lewis.

source: CC / Wikimedia Commons

Holidays and Holy Days

readingbuddieselfThe “Holiday Season” is upon us! In North America, the unofficial start to the Holidays is American Thanksgiving. As usual, in the school library we celebrate a month of  “Holidays and Holy Days!” We feature a “spectacular display” of materials (both online and in person!) related to Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule, Bodhi Day. the Winter Solstice, New Year’s, Festivus and other wonderful feasts, festivals and observances.  Stay posted for more here on this site, and visit us in person as we celebrate “Holidays and Holy Days.”

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 conclude on the evening of Thursday, December 5. For more information on Hanukkah, check out some of the following:

Check out our display: “Holidays & Holy Days”

Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Lee

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Two pop culture icons with Seattle connections were born on this day.

Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle in 1942. He would go on to become a rock superstar, widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential guitar players of all time. He died far too young at age 27.  More on Jimi Hendrix.

source: brucelee.com

Martial Arts legend Bruce Lee was born on this day in 1940 in San Francisco. He was raised in Hong Kong, and was buried in Seattle.  He also died much too young. He was only 32.  More on Bruce Lee.