Mandela Library Learning Commons

January News

Happy New Year!

Welcome Back! Hope everyone had a relaxing holiday and wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

Winter Book Display

We have a variety of fiction and non-fiction winter related books on display in the library, available for check out. A friendly reminder to please sign out any books you borrow, using your employee number. We continue to have a number of books listed as "available" in our library catalogue, but cannot be located on our shelves.

New books coming soon!

We are eagerly awaiting our latest shipment of books that we ordered at the Fall vendor display. They should arrive soon?? I will send an email once they arrive and will display them for a period of time before shelving them so that you may take a look at what we have added to our collection.

Forest of Reading

The Forest of Reading program will begin this month. Primary classes are invited to participate in the Blue Spruce program. There are 2 copies of each of the nominated books on display, on top of the shelves by our Professional Resources section, and are available for teachers to check out. Classes need to read a minimum of 5 of the nominated books in order to participate in provincial voting day on April 22nd.

Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 students will be invited to participate in the Silver Birch Express Book Club, which will run in the library during nutribreak. We have 6 copies of each of the nominated books and students again need to read at least 5 of them in order to participate in the provincial voting day. Each interested student will be given a passport to fill out after finishing a book and are asked to have an "expert" teacher sign their passport. Announcements will be made with more information for any interested students.

We are still looking for a few more interested staff who would like to be an "expert" with one of the Silver Birch Express books. If you would be willing to spend one nutribreak a week "checking in" with students about their book, please let me know.

Family Literacy Day - January 27th

January 27th is recognized at National Family Literacy Day. This year's theme is: "15 Minutes of Fun!" Canadian families are being encouraged to have "15 minutes of fun" learning together. The ABC Life Literacy Canada website has a list of 15 ways that families can enjoy learning together. Check out the link to learn more.

To help celebrate literacy with our community, we will be inviting families to come in during the day on the 27th, to either read a story to some students in the library or to drop by and share a book or related literacy activity with their preschool child. A notice will be going out to families shortly with more information.


A reminder that the board has a variety of electronic resources available to both students and teachers when researching online. If you feel that you or your students would like a refresher on how to access these valuable online resources, please let me know. We can book some time in the library learning commons to learn more about how to access these resources from school and from home.

Learning Commons Update

Our learning commons is now equipped with a laptop bar. It has 2 laptops and stools for students to use. The monitor on the D-table will be mounted on the back panel, and a wireless keyboard and mouse will be ordered to help better facilitate student collaboration. A cosy corner is in the works, with 2 saucer chairs and an area rug coming soon! Apple TV has been connected by the white board, so teachers may now use their iPads as a demonstration tool, if required. A gentle reminder to please return any learning commons technology (laptops, net books, iPads) to the either the cart for charging or the locked cupboard when your class is done with this learning space.