Mandela Library Learning Commons

February News

Black History Month

2016 marks the 20th anniversary since Black History Month was first officially celebrated by the Government of Canada. Throughout the month of February, we celebrate the many achievements and contributions of black Canadians.

We have a large variety of both fiction and non-fiction text available in our collection which highlights their contribution to our nation's history. There is a display of these texts in our library available for check out.

There are also a number of online resources with information about this important contribution to our history. One of the Canadian government websites that highlights this month long recognition is their Citizenship and Immigration Canada website:

Augmented Reality Freedom Stories

Currently in the library, we have The Augmented Freedom Stories loaded on the iPads. Students hover the iPads over the picture cards and can see and hear about the activities of the participants from the Underground Railroad.

Chinese New Year - February 8th

Chinese New Year 2016, the year of the monkey, begins on February 8th. We have a number of related books in our collection, which will be on display and available for check out.

More online information about this holiday can be found on PebbleGo and BookFLIX, which can both be accessed though the board's library eResources.

National Flag of Canada Day and Family Day - February 15th

This year, both our National Flag of Canada Day and Family Day both fall on February 15th. 2016 marks the 51st anniversary of our national flag. We currently have 3 non fiction books in our collection that explain the history of our flag.

Please visit for more information about the history our country's flag.

There are a number of local Family Day events listed on the City of Brampton website at as well as other GTA events listed at monthly event calendar.

Freedom to Read Week - February 21- 27th

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

World Read Aloud Day - February 24th

This year, February 24th is being recognized as World Read Aloud Day. On this day, we celebrate the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. I would like to invite classes to the library on February 24th to participate in large group read alouds. Please email me if your class would be interested in participating. Find more information about this global event at:

Forest of Reading

The Forest of Reading program continues this month. Primary classes are encouraged to read at least 5 of this year's nominees in order to vote on April 22nd. Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 are encouraged to come and check out the Silver Birch Express nominees. Our Silver Birch book club meets weekly in the library, but please remind students that they can come to the library during any first nutribreak to read or discuss their books, or to enjoy a quiet space.

We have the pleasure of having one of the Blue Spruce authors coming to share her nominated story, Sam's Pet Temper, with our grade 1's and 2's on Wednesday, February 10th.