Come down to the School Library to have a look at Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds, and the other Surrey Teens Read selections for 2020-2021. You can also go online and borrow many of them as e-Books and/or Digital Audiobooks.
The Holiday Season has begun. Known by many names such as the Festive Season or the Holidays, this wonderful time of year traditionally begins with American Thanksgiving and continues into December and the New Year. This year, perhaps more than most in recent memory, the Holidays are a welcome escape and temporary respite from the problems and issues of our day.
Yet the reality of the pandemic remains. As hard as it will be to adjust our long held traditions of seasonal gatherings with family, friends and neighbours, we need to do so. Please find ways to celebrate the season that will help us all, together, to fight the spread of Covid. Please follow all the guidelines that restrict the nature and scope of social gatherings. Maintain social distancing. Wear your mask. Let’s work to keep our most vulnerable family, friends and neighbours as safe as possible during this Holiday Season.
Look soon for our “Holidays and Holy Days” display of books and other library materials related to Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule and the various feasts and festivals of this otherwise dark and cold time of year.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American friends, family and neighbours! Along with Turkey and football games, another staple of American Thanksgiving for many is listening to the 18 minute classic, “Alice’s Restaurant.”
November has been Peace month in the School Library, with an emphasis on understanding peace education, the anti-war movements, civil disobedience and other non-violent means of social change. Such themes overlap with American Thanksgiving in “Alice’s Restaurant.”
Originally released in 1967, Arlo Guthrie’s 18 minute long recording of “Alice’s Restaurant” is a protest song against the Vietnam War. The events described in the song, beginning with a Thanksgiving celebration amongst friends during the sixties, were the inspiration for a film which was released in 1969.
More than 50 years later Guthrie’s signature song is a staple of classic rock radio stations on and around American Thanksgiving.
Come down to the School Library to have a look at The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe, and the other Surrey Teens Read selections for 2020-2021. You can also go online and borrow many of them as e-Books and/or Digital Audiobooks.
Come down to the School Library to have a look at Frankly in Love by David Yoon, and the other Surrey Teens Read selections for 2020-2021. You can also go online and borrow many of them as e-Books and/or Digital Audiobooks.
Diwali is celebrated by millions of people in India, Canada and around the world. Hundreds of millions of Hindus celebrate “the Festival of Lights.” People of other faiths, including Sikhism, also celebrate. For Sikhs the festival has added significance as it generally coincides with a Sikh celebration known as Bandi Chhor Divas. Many people will celebrate a five day festival from November 12 to 16 in 2020, with the main celebration of Diwali on November 14. However, it may be celebrated at different times, and in different ways, by various groups in India and in the Indian diaspora.
At Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary today we have our annual assembly to observe Remembrance Day. This year in the midst of the pandemic, we observe Remembrance Day with an online ceremony. As always, we honour the memory of those Canadians who have fallen in war. We do not celebrate or glorify war, but we pay respect to those that have paid the terrible costs of war.
It is important to remember that Remembrance Day is not one of the those holidays that is just a chance for rest and recreation. Please take some time today and tomorrow to reflect on what Remembrance Day is all about. On November 11th at 11:00 AM, plan to take some time to honour those that have died and those that have served. Whether you attend a ceremony in person, or check out the television coverage of the ceremony in Ottawa, take some time for Remembrance.
Come down to the School Library to have a look at The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir, and the other Surrey Teens Read selections for 2020-2021. You can also go online and borrow many of them as e-Books and/or Digital Audiobooks.
Give peace a chance. Come down to the School Library to check out our current display of books related to the peacemakers, non-violence, anti-war movements, peace education, civil disobedience, radical forgiveness, and the cause of peace.