February in the Learning Commons!

Looking for info on February activities? You’re in the right place!

February reads

This month’s reading themes are Black History Month, Books on Love, and Kindness Matters. Come check out the books on display in the Learning Commons, or click through to browse the collections on Destiny:

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If you read a book from one of these themes in February, 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!

february maker challenges: Colouring pages + stickers + stop motion!

If you played around with Tinkersketch last month, this will be a challenge right up your alley – creating a colouring page or a sticker!

Feb 20-28: Stop motion!

Try your hand at creating a stop motion! Use lego, clay, or paper to recreate a book scene, or spin a wheel for a random scene. The winning team will get a movie basket filled with popcorn, candy, and pop, to be enjoyed when we have our movie viewing day, when we will watch all our stop motions. Come to the LC to sign up!

book fair is coming!!!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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January in the Learning Commons

Looking for info on January activities? You’re in the right place!

January reads

This month’s reading themes are 2023 Wrapped, Biographies, and Non-Fiction. Come check out the books on display in the Learning Commons, or click through to browse the collections on Destiny:

 

If you read a book from one of these themes in January, 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!

January maker challenges: Try something new!

The new year is a great time to try something new. Check out 4 opportunities to try something new this month – as well as a chance to win a gift card!

try a new recipe:

Did you know we have some awesome cookbooks just in the library? All you need to do for this challenge is check one out, try out a new recipe and share a photo with us on the Padlet. Submit a photo any time before Jan 30th 

Try a new craft:

Come immerse yourself in the cozy world of fibre arts and make a mini macrame weaving! Sign up for a tutorial on January 16 or 23 (just one per person) – spots are limited.

try a new challenge: tinkersketch

TinkerSketch is a challenge to respond to a daily drawing prompt. The goal is to make time (even if it’s just a tiny bit) to celebrate your creative self and jump start creativity through sketching. It’s up to you how you interpret the prompt, the only requirement is to sketch something! We’ll have a table set up for the month of January, and you can come any day to respond to the prompt!

 

Try out new tech: Robotics

Come tinker and explore, or create and code while you learn more about robotics! No experience necessary. When you sign up we’ll ask you to indicate the level of experience you have. We’ll sort you into a group and assign you a robot to work with based on your comfort level and experience.

PARTICIPATE IN ONE OF THESE ACTIVITIES, AND SHARE A PHOTO ON THE PADLET TO ENTER THE DRAW FOR AN INDIGO GIFT CARD!

mark your calendars…

Hope your Mondays were a good start to the week- I’m sure it can only get better. >u

 

December in the Learning Commons

Looking for info on December activities? You’re in the right place!

 

NOVEMBER Reads

 This month’s reading themes are Secret Santa Book Exchange and Library League Picks!  Come fill out a Secret Santa gift tag or check out the books on display in the Learning Commons this week!

        

SEcret Santa book exchange

Want to book in a great holiday read? We’ve got you covered! 
Simply fill out a gift tag to tell us about your reading preferences, and the library league will help choose a book and wrap it for you. Come collect your book and take it home (starting next Wed) for the holidays! 

If you read a book from one of those 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!

 

December christmas crafting:

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We’re doing some Christmas crafting over the next week to bless our neighbours at Food for Life! Food for Life offers a meal to anyone in the community who needs one, every Wednesday night. We’re hosting a little Christmas market just before their Christmas meal where guests can choose from items we’ve crafted in the Learning Commons this month. Join in for one or more of these crafts to share some Christmas joy with Food for Life guests! 

We’ll be making: (See images above for details)

Cricut Cards- Mon Dec 4th & Dec 11th

Sewn Felt Ornaments – Tues- Thurs, Dec 5-7

Seaglass ornaments -Dec 8 and 12

chibird | Chibird, December quotes, Cute penguins

November in the Learning Commons

WE READ TO REMEMBER, LEST WE FORGET.

Looking for info on November activities? You’re in the right place!

 

NOVEMBER Reads

 This month’s reading themes are Historical Fiction- Experience the Past and This Just in!  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 an 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 ACTIVITIES:

 

KEVA PLANK OLYMPICS

We’re running our first ever KEVA plank Olympics! Sign up with a team of 4 to participate. We’ll host a different challenge each day at lunch. Take a photo of your creation for each challenge and add it to the Padlet to earn points. The winning team will receive the Rice Krispie trophy and 3D Printed medals! 

THE CHALLENGES:

  • Sculpture involving a spiral
  • Structure with only 1 plank as the base
  • Structure with unsupported overhangs
  • Structure with at least one plank on its end, on its side, flat, and on an angle.

Sign up will be posted Wed Nov 8th
Stay tuned on Teams for details!

 

DIY LC Christmas Decor

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We need your help to create festive decor for the Learning Commons! Come Nov 22-29 to work one of two crafts: Crafted Felt Christmas Trees or little Nordic houses! Come Nov 22nd for instructions and any day until the 28th to work on yours. Our hope is to create a snowy Christmas village in December. We’ll display your creation until the winter break, and you can take it home just in time for the holidays.

Happy November, from a chibird whose scarf unraveled extremely specifically! :D | Chibird, Happy november, Cute memes

Vote for your favourite Pet Costume!


We had SO many imaginative and adorable DIY Pet costumes submitted this week. View them all here and then vote for your favourite!

Burrito- By Tyler, Kaylee & Kelsey

 

Theopholus pupadore- By Alicia & Emily

popcorn – By Charlene & Avalee

 

Snowy wedding- Bernice & Alithia

Angel- Elaine, Hailey & Amelie

 

Winnie the Pooh- By Rosie and Hannah

 

Olaf- By Hannabella

 

minion Stuffie- BY Chantelle & Josiah

 

Pizza Roy- By Nathaniel

crochet costume- By ML

 

Raccoon -Xiyao

 

CLICK HERE TO VOTE!

The WeRead Community Challenge

We’re very excited to be launching the 2023 WeRead Community Challenge! This is an opportunity to read books in community and to challenge yourself and set  reading goals for the year. 

Pick up a challenge form from the Learning Commons to join in:

Read a book from one of the monthly themes and tell us about it HERE to receive a sticker and join for our end of month book party! We’ll have snacks, games and prize draws at the book parties. Collect all 8 stickers throughout the year to join in for our end of year event!

CLICK HERE FOR SUBMISSION FORM

 

WeREad super challenge

Want to challenge yourself further? Check out the WeRead Super Challenge! With this challenge board you can customize and set your own reading goal for the year. Set a goal of a total number of books, or number of books you’d like to read each month and keep track of your completed books here: 

 

But wait…there’s more!

We’ve got bookmarks too! 

 

Come by the LC to pick one up or if you have any questions about the challenge.

 

October in the Learning Commons

It’s cozy season!

Need a good book to read? Come see us!


OCTOBER Reads

This month’s book themes are Mystery and Comfy, Cozy Fall Reads and Fall in love with a Beloved Classic. Check out the books on display in the Learning Commons and find a great read today!  

         

Read a book from one of these themes in October to collect a sticker and join for the WeRead book party for snacks, games and prizes at the end of the month!

For more info on the WeRead Challenge, click here!

 

SPHERO CORN MAZES

Tis the season of pumpkin patches and corn mazes. Design your own unique and creative maze and code a mini sphero to complete it! Come to the LC any lunch from Oct 11th- 17th to work on it with your team. The team with the most impressive COMPLETED maze run will win the Fall Treat basket, complete with homemade caramel apples!

Submit a video of your sphero completing the maze here

 

DIY PET COSTUMES

Our second maker challenge is DIY Pet Costumes! Come any lunch between Oct 20th and 27th to design and create a pet costume. Don’t have a pet? No need to fret! Theo and Swift are both looking for new costumes and would love your help designing one for them!

We’ll have supplies set out for you to work at lunch, or you can work at home. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! 🙂

All Submissions due Oct 27th

 

chibird — Happy October everyone! Bouncing pumpkin chibird...

 

September in the Learning Commons

 Happy September everyone! We’re very excited to have you back in the Learning Commons and to welcome you to the MC library blog. This 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 from the library prize bin (stickers, fidgets, candy) and enter a draw for library tote bag! This month’s themes are…

         

INTRODUCE YO’SHELF:

Come on by the Learning Commons this week to introduce yourself at our Library Photo booth! Pick our 5-8 of your favourite reads, arrange them how you’d like on the shelf and snap a photo with them. All participates will enter a draw to win an indigo gift card at the end of the month! (See our teacher examples below!)

June in the Learning Commons

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


June Reads

This month’s book themes are WeRead Recommends and Cool Reads for Hot Days. Check out the books on display in the Learning Commons and find a great read today!

   

Read a book from one of these themes in June to collect your final sticker of the year and, if you’ve collected them all—stay tuned!


Cardboard marble run:

Join us from June 6th-13th and create your very own twisty-turny marble run! Use our Learning Commons supplies (or your own) to create a unique and inventive route! The winning team will get a candy jar! There is a maximum of 3 people per team and the sign-up is just outside the doors of the Learning Commons. The winning team will receive a jar of candy!

Book Cover Art Contest:

Create a digital or physical art piece of your favourite book cover for a chance to have it up on the wall in the quiet corner! Submissions are due June 12th. You can use Procreate, acrylic/watercolour paint or charcoal! Come Friday, June 2nd for specific information & dimensions of the frames. Feel free to work on it in the LC or at home anytime before June 12th!

 

Important dates:

Thought you returned your book? Come to the library and see if you can find it on the shelf. If not, double-check all locations it could be.

If your books are not returned by June 9th, you will need to pay to replace your books by June 15th. You will be notified about the price and a parent email will be sent home.

Book Return Challenge:

Does your class have a lot of books checked out? Any overdue? The homeroom with the lowest book total count by JUNE 9th will win a cool treat! Will it be your class? Totals will be updated outside the Learning Commons before June 15th!

summer reading:

The Library Learning Commons is closed for the summer, but that doesn’t mean reading has to stop! Books on Sora are available all summer! If you forgot your password, come to the Learning Commons before the end of the year to get your password reset so you can use Sora this summer!

 

May in the Learning Commons

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


May Reads

This month’s book themes are Fantasy and Science Fiction. Check out the books on display in the Learning Commons and find a great read today!

                        

Read a book from one of these themes in May to collect a sticker at the end of the month and join for the WeRead book party for snacks, games and prizes!

Make something for Mom:

With Mother’s Day around the corner, we’ve got several great opportunities to make a gift for your mom! Come paint a single bud vase (May 8 &9), make a card (May 11th) or learn some recipes, gift wrap ideas and more for how to celebrate your mom at our Mother’s Day 101 with “Mumsy”(May 12th) ! 

Share a photo of what you’ve made for your mom for a chance to win a Starbucks gift card after Mother’s Day weekend!

Padlet link is on Teams!

 

Candle Making- SPring Session

We’re running our spring candle making session May 16-18th.  As we had so much interested in the fall, our list is already full from this, but we’ll open up spots if anyone on the list can’t make it. Arise and Shine Candles will be helping us again with this. *Note: this is a two part session. You’ll NEED to be there Tuesday and either Wed/Thurs to make a candle. 

Sign up and details outside the LC

 

3D Puzzle Design Challenge

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We’re looking for creative 3D puzzle designs! 
Come May 24th for more info and to get started on Tinkercad.
All submissions due May 31st. 

The winning design will be printed (a copy for you) and some to send to children ICC supports in Chengsha. This is an excellent opportunity to bless someone in need!

chibird — May you all have a lovely May~ ✿