Check out the  eLibrary offered by Surrey Schools. The collection has over a 1000 titles and will continue to grow. To use the service from home, you will need a username and password: Visit us at the school library and we will give it to you!

In the meantime, you can browse the eLibrary. Simply visit our online catalog and click on the “FolletShelf” icon. Or search for FolletShelf through surreyschools.ca.

Freedom to Read Week

What do the following titles have in common?

harry mock rye tale bibl orig

munroAll of these are titles which have been challenged.  Somewhere in Canada in the past 30 years, individuals or groups have tried to have these books removed from schools, libraries and bookstores.  The list of challenged authors includes Canadian Alice Munro, the 2013 Nobel Laureate for Literature.

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain was born on this day in 1967 in Aberdeen, Washington. He would become the lead singer of Nirvana and one of the leading figures of the Seattle music scene of the late 90’s.¬† Seattle bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden became global superstars at the centre of what some called the “Grunge” movement. Despite his wealth and fame, Cobain was a troubled young man who succumbed to depression and drug addiction. He took his own life in 1994.cob heav kurt






Learn more about Kurt Cobain. Check out some of the books we have and some of these links:

Chinese New Year

Gung Hay Fat Choi! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Welcome to the Year of the Sheep. Or is it the Year of the Goat?

Whatever the English translation is, the Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year, begins on February 19, according to the Gregorian Calendar in 2015.

Year of the Horned Animal
source: NY Daily News

Different translations from Mandarin render it the Year of the Sheep, Goat or Ram. ¬†“Year of the Horned Ruminant” doesn’t have a nice ring to it.

Millions of Canadians, particularly those of Chinese heritage, and people all over the world will bring in the New Year. People of diverse religious, ethnic and political backgrounds come together to celebrate the common bonds of Chinese culture.

For more on Chinese New Year:

Is it the Year of the Ram, Sheep or Goat?

BBC News: Confusion

NY Daily News

Chinese Historical and Cultural Project

Chinese Benevolent Assn. of Vancouver


Chinese New Year in Vancouver

Reading Buddies

The Reading Buddies program at the Surrey Public Library is looking for volunteer reading buddies. Reading Buddies is a great volunteer opportunity where you can develop your mentorship skills. Being a “big buddy” is a rewarding experience, and counts towards CAPP hours.¬†For more information, check out surreylibraries.ca.¬† You can download an application form there. You can also contact the Youth Services Librarian at the Cloverdale Library to ask questions, and to apply.

The Orientation and Training Session at the Cloverdale Library takes place on March 25.

Jim Brown and Michael Jordan

source: Pro Football Hall of Fame

Two different athletes who are arguably the greatest players of their respective sports were born on this day. Jim Brown was born on this day in 1936.¬† He dominated the NFL during the¬†late 1950’s and 1960s.¬† He had a relatively short career, choosing to retire while still at the height of his ability.¬†Brown would go on to a successful¬†film career.¬† Brown was an incredible athlete who starred in lacrosse, basketball and track at college, along with football.¬†For more on Jim Brown:

Michael Jordan (Steve Lipofsky at basketballphoto.com [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html))
Steve Lipofsky at basketballphoto.com [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)
Michael Jordan was born on this day in 1963. While his dream of playing Major League Baseball fell short, he did okay: Michael Jordan became, in the eyes of most basketball fans, the best player in history. His accomplishments are too numerous to mention here, but some of the most notable include: Six NBA Championships, and the highest career scoring average of any player, ever.  According the NBA itself,

“By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. Although, a summary of his basketball career and influence on the game inevitably fails to do it justice, as a phenomenal athlete with a unique combination of fundamental soundness, grace, speed, power, artistry, improvisational ability and an unquenchable competitive desire, Jordan single-handedly redefined the NBA superstar.” (NBA.com)

For more on Michael Jordan: