December in the Learning Commons

CHRISTMAS IS THE SPIRIT OF GIVING, WITHOUT A
THOUGHT OF GETTING.

Looking for more info on our December activities? You’ve come to the right place!

DECEMBER Reads

This month’s book themes are This Just In and Book Surprise!  Check out the books on display in the Learning Commons or browse the collections in destiny discover:

        

If you read a book from either of these themes in December, you can collect a sticker at the end of the month for the WeRead Community challenge and join us at the book party for snacks, games and prize draws!

 

12 Days of Making:

Come to the Learning Commons every day at lunch in December to create something!

See info on each craft here:

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There’s no need to sign up, you can just show up!

 

Gift Baskets for Refugees:

In December, as our focus is on making and giving, not just getting and consuming, we are putting together gift baskets for refugee families. We have connected with two refugee families, each who have two kids and would appreciate help getting a gift for their kids over the holidays. There’s two ways you could contribute if you wanted:  

Come down to the Learning Commons starting Dec 5th to see our baskets and learn a little more about each child!

 

Merry christmas: Merry christmas cute bear cover (8.5 x 11) inches 110 pages, Blank Unlined Paper for Sketching, Drawing , Whiting , Journaling & Doodling : sette, fos: Amazon.ca: Books

November in the Learning Commons

WE READ TO REMEMBER, LEST WE FORGET.

Looking for more info on our November activities? You’ve come to the right place!

NOVEMBER Reads

This month’s book themes are Historical Fiction and The Library League Recommends!  Check out the books on display in the Learning Commons or browse the collections in destiny discover:

            

Click on the signs to explore the books in this category and place one on hold!

If you read a historical fiction or Library League Recommends book in November, you can collect a sticker at the end of the month for the WeRead Community challenge and join us at the book party for snacks, games and prize draws!

 

NOVEMBEr MAKer Challenges:

BRIGhTEN UP NOVEMBER…diy candles

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We’re partnering with Arise and Shine Candle Company to make Candles! You will get choose your own fragrance and flowers to design a scent and then make one candle that you can take home! If you sign up, note this will be a 2 part session so you’ll need to be free Wednesday and Thurs or Friday that week. 

Sign up will be posted Nov 10th
24 Spots. First come first serve!

 

TINY CARDBOARD GINGERBREAD HOUSES

We’re hoping to create a little cardboard gingerbread village as a Christmas display, and we need your help! All supplies will be provided. Come work on your house anytime from Nov 22nd-28th!

 

October in the Learning Commons

Crunchy leaves, cozy reads, hello fall!

Looking for more info on these activities? You’ve come to the right place!

October Reads

This month’s book themes are ‘An attitude of Gratitude’,  Mystery/Thriller and’Fall in love with a new series’!  Check out the books on display in the Learning Commons or browse the collections in destiny discover: 

       

Click on the signs to explore the books in this category and place one on hold!

 

October MAKer Challenges:

 

BOok spine designs

We are hoping to put up a new window display and we need your help to do this by creating a book spine for our window shelf! Come by the LC any day next week to pick up a book spine template. You can colour one by hand or make one digitally!

Submissions due Mon Oct 17 to the Learning Commons!

 

LEGO Book Scenes

This is a challenge to recreate a scene from a book using Lego.  You can work on it any day next week and all you need to do is upload a picture of your final scene to the Padlet (QR code in the learning commons) when you’re done to enter the challenge!

Submissions due Mon Oct 17 (on the Padlet)

 

BOOK CHARACTER Pumpkins

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Come paint a book character pumpkin on Oct 18th and 20th at lunch or create one at home to submit by Oct 20th!

You can work on own or with a partner. You will need to sign up for this ahead ahead of time as we have limited space. We will supply some paint and small pumpkins, but if you would like a medium or large pumpkin you will have to provide your own!

 

 

Free Printable Fall Dachshund Wall Art - The Cottage Market

September in the Learning Commons

It’s September! Welcome back to school, and welcome to the MC library blog, a place where you can learn about upcoming library events, activities, contests and book themes. 

BACK TO THE BOOKS CHALLENGE:

Read a book from one of this month’s themes and tell us about it to win a prize fro the library prize bin! This month’s themes are…

   

 

Guess the Teacher favs:

Match each teacher to their favourite book correctly by the end of the week to win a candy! Come to the learning commons for info on this challenge.

Summer Reading Challenge

The Library is closed for the summer… reading doesn’t have to stop!

 

Summer Reading Bingo!

Complete one or more rows of this reading bingo board and submit completed rows to this form for prizes in September!

Click here to download a bingo board

Complete a row to win: 
-Early access to the Learning Commons and first dibs on checking out new books in September
-Magnetic bookmark
-Enter the draw to win a $20 indigo gift card (complete 2 rows, enter the draw twice!)

Going for a blackout: 
-Get all 5 rows to win a McLibrary tote bag!

*Note: If you complete more than 1 row, please submit a form for each row.

submit your completed rows here!

eBooks & Audiobooks available through sora all summer!

Click here to learn more about using sora!

 

June in the Learning Commons

Looking for more info on these activities, you’ve come to the right place!

IMPORTANT DATES:

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JUNE Reads

Check out this months reading themes below! Check out these books in the Learning Commons or click on the signs to browse the collections in destiny discover:

              

Click on the signs to explore the books in this category and place one on hold!

ONCE YOU’VE READ YOUR BOOK, SUBMIT YOUR FORM HERE

 

You’ll get a sticker and enter a draw to win a free book at the end of the month. Collect all FOUR stickers and come to the movie party!  

 

 

June Maker Challenge: 3D Book Covers

The Challenge:  Create a 3D book cover using Lego, pom poms, tissue paper, clay or Perler beads.  

Come at lunch June 6-10

Draws for participants for  VINYL STICKERS
Winning team gets the PRIZE BOX!

 

BOOK RETURN CHALLENGE:

 Win Ice cream for your homeroom by returning your library books by JUNE 10th!

 

Books available through sora all summer!

Click here to learn more about using sora!

Reading Raffle- May

We have five great new reads being featured this month and you can enter a draw to be the FIRST person to check this book out from our school! See below for a summary of each of the books, and come at lunch MON-WED to get your name in a draw. You can have 1 ticket each day at lunch!

 

THIS MONTHS BOOKS:

   

WINGS OF FIRE- THE FLAMES OF HOPE
Calling all Wings of Fire Fans….The 15th and concluding book is finally here! Luna has always wanted to change the world, to fix it and free it, even if she’s never known how. Now that all the dragons, and humankind are in mortal danger, Luna is flying back home to Pantala with a team of dragons on a rescue mission. But saving a continent isn’t as easy as a prophecy makes it sound. As she fights her way to the abyss that hides the dark roots poisoning Pantala, Luna must uncover a long-buried secret and unite her friends, enemies and her own powers. If she doesn’t, she won’t be able to change the world and she’ll have to say goodbye to it, forever! Get ready for adventure, action and the fight for the survival of all dragonkind! 

READALIKES
If you liked…Wings of Fire (you’ll want to read the other books first), The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart, Legends of the Sky…you might like this book

 

DREAM ANNIE, DREAM
Annie Inoue was taught by her dad to dream big. She tries out for the basketball team, despite being less than 5’3” and when auditions for the school musical are scheduled, she sets her sights on a lead role. Annie is thrilled when she lands an impressive role in the production of The King and I, until she begins to hear rumours and grumbling from her mostly white classmates, who are claiming that she was only cast because she is Japanese, and the character happens to be Asian. Annie is hurt and confused. Is this all people see when they look at her? Not only that, but the rumour comes from an unexpected source, forcing Annie to wrestle with who she can trust while dealing with all the microaggressions directed at her. Disheartened but determined, Annie channels her hurt into a new dream: Showing people what she is made of. An empowering story about a Japanese American girl’s fight to find her place, rise above racism and push past the trials of middle school to chase her dreams. 

READALIKES
If you liked…Broken Strings, Front Desk, Blended…you might like this book

 

RED FOX ROAD
Francie and her parents embark on a spring road trip driving through British Columbia and down into the Grand Canyon. They plan to hike, camp and adventure but when their GPS leads them astray down an old logging road that was supposed to be a shortcut, disaster strikes. Their truck hits a rock and wipes out the oil pan and they are stuck in the middle of nowhere. Francie can’t help but feel a little excited. She’s often imagined how she’d survive if she got stranded in the forest, and now here they are. But her survival skills will be put to the test. Will her knowledge of how to build a fire, gather dandelion leaves for tea and find their way be enough when hours stretch into days? A compelling survival story set in BC! 

READALIKES
If you liked…Hatchet, Wildfire, The Barren Grounds…you might like this book

 

ARU SHAH AND THE CITY OF GOLD
Aru Shah is BACK for a 4th adventure in The City of Gold! Aru made a wish on the tree of wishes, but she can’t remember what it was. However, she’s pretty sure she didn’t wish for a new sister, one who looks strangely familiar and claims to be the Sleeper’s daughter, just like her. She also isn’t sure she still wants to fight with the devas in the war against the Sleeper but her and her sisters embark on a journey to find their mentors in Lanka, the city of gold before war breaks out between the devas and the asuras. Kubera, the ruler of the city of gold promises to give the Pandavas two powerful weapons, but only if they win his trials. If they lose, they won’t stand a chance against the Sleeper’s troops. Aru’s biggest question though, is why every adult she has loved and trusted keeps disappointing her. Will she come to peace with what they’ve done before she has to wage the battle of her life? Find out in this wonderful magical, fantasy adventure! 

READALIKES
If you liked…Aru Shah and the End of Time (You’ll want to read the other books first), Percy Jackson, The Storm Runner…you might like this book

 

SHINJI TAKAHASHI AND THE MARK OF THE COATL
Ever since Shinji’s parents died, he has been raised and homeschooled by his Aunt Yui. Being homeschooled has some perks, in that they live a life that includes months of travel, and he joins her as she hunts for unique items from around the world to sell in her shop in Miami. While floating down the Zambezi River in one of these quests, Shinji find a mysterious small figurine of a Coatl, a mythical feathered serpent, that seems to be calling to him. But after he buys it, he is kidnapped and held captive by the Highwater Corporation in New York City and informed that it brings with it, a deadly curse. As his concern and distrust for the Hightower Corporation grows, he must hatch a plan escape from the corporation and find his aunt again. A fun filled globe-trotting adventure that is the perfect blend of old-world legends and a little bit of magic! 

READALIKES
If you liked…Trials of Apollo, Aru Shah, City Spies….you might like this book

 

*Summaries are powered by Goodreads and Kirkus reviews!

Come get your name in the draw this week!

May in the Learning Commons

Looking for more info on these activities, you’ve come to the right place!

THIS MONTH’S THEME IS… Enter a new world, open a book!

 

May Reads

Check out this months reading themes below! Read a book from one of these categories to get a sticker and enter a draw to win a free book! Check out these books in the Learning Commons or click on the signs to browse the collections in destiny discover:

           

Click on the signs to explore the books in this category and place one on hold!

ONCE YOU’VE READ YOUR BOOK, SUBMIT YOUR FORM HERE

 

You’ll get a sticker and enter a draw to win a free book at the end of the month. Collect all FOUR stickers for an invite to the end of year movie party!

 

 

 

May the fourth Challenge: 

The Challenge:  Design a 3D spaceship model. Must be an original design (made by you) but you can gain inspiration from models that exist or real spaceships.

Wed May 4th- Wed May 11th 

Participants enter a draw for STAR WARS SWAG!!

 

CREATE A WORLD IN YOUR HANDS: 

The challenge is to read a fantasy novel and CREATE something something based on or inspired by a fantasy novel you that bring the world of that novel or the characters to life! 

This could be an art piece, a piece of writing, fan fiction, write an alternate ending, imagine yourself in a scenario (in art or writing), book character bookmarks, a baked good (cookies, cupcakes, cake) a board game, book maze, the possibilities are endless!

ALL SUBMISSIONS DUE MAY 31st

Come to the Learning Commons for more info!

 

MARBLE SOMETHING FOR MOM:

Missed the Mothers Day craft? Or want to try it at home?

Learn how to make one at home here

April in the Learning Commons

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APRIL READS

Check out this months reading themes below! Read a book from one of these categories to get a sticker and enter a draw to win a free book! Check out these books in the Learning Commons or click on the signs to browse the collections in destiny discover:

              

Click on the signs to explore the books in this category and place one on hold!

ONCE YOU’VE READ YOUR BOOK, SUBMIT YOUR FORM HERE

You’ll get a sticker and enter a draw to win a free book at the end of the month. Collect all FOUR stickers for an invite to the end of year movie party!

 

 

THIS WEEK ONLY: join In for….

Each day this week, you will see a series of green, yellow or grey letters posted outside the Learning Commons window, and you will have ONE chance based on these to see if you can guess which 5 letter book title it represents!

NEXT UP: The Olym-poet-ics!

A poetry challenge for national poetry month!

5 POETRY CHALLENGES
Points awarded to the gold, silver, bronze submissions of reach of these for a grand prize at the end. Come this FRIDAY at lunch to learn more!

 

LAST WEEK OF APRIL: THE ROBOT MAZE RACE

Come Friday April 22nd for more info and a mini sphero tutorial. Challenge runs Mon Apr 25- Fri Apr 29th.

Winning team will receive the Robot Maze Prize Box!

 

For more information on any of these events, check out this video: