Vaisakhi

April 14 is Vaisakhi. Vaisakhi is a major festival on the Sikh calendar, and one of the most important days of the year. Sikhs in Canada, India, and around the world will celebrate the founding of the Khalsa, or the worldwide body of Sikhs, as established by Guru Gobind Singh in 1699.

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Vaisakhi was traditionally a spring harvest festival, and for some, a New Year’s Day. All across northern India, particularly in the Punjab, many different groups will celebrate Vaisakhi for these various reasons, including Hindus and other non-Sikhs.

The overwhelming majority of Indo-Canadians ( people of South Asian origin) in our school and in our neighbourhoods are Sikhs. As such, Vaisakhi is a major holiday in these parts and a significant event that is coming up in just a few days.

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Join with us in your School Library as we celebrate Sikh Heritage Month by learning more about Vaisakhi and other aspects of Sikh culture and history.


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And the Champion is…


Anne of Green Gables is your School Library’s 2022 Y.A. Lit Tournament Champion!

The Championship Final was another extremely close match-up that went right down to the final votes. Fans of The Hate U Give gave all the love they had for that powerful novel, but in the end the Canadian classic from Lucy Maud Montgomery took the victory, the crown, the trophy, the belt, and the everlasting glory that comes from winning the very first Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School Library Young Adult Literature Tournament Championship!

Congratulations to all the fans of the Canadian classic. More importantly, a huge thanks goes out to everyone who participated in the tournament by casting your ballots.

Anne of Green Gables may take home the silverware, but the real winner today is you, the READER! When you can, take some time to revisit some of the 64 nominated titles from this wonderful tournament.

The PRIZE DRAW will take place on Monday, April 11, so check back then.

April is Earth Month


Earth Day is April 22. Join us throughout April in the School Library as we celebrate the Earth all month long! Look for our display of books and other resources related to the Earth, the environment, life, ecology, and issues related to the future of this planet, our planet, our only home in the universe.

Championship Final


Your School Library’s March Madness YA Lit Tournament has reached the final round. 64 books started out with hopes of glory, but now there are only two left standing. Which book will earn the ultimate prize?

It is Anne of Green Gables v The Hate U Give in the Championship Final.

VOTE NOW to decide the Tournament Champion

Final Four

We are down to the Final Four. 64 YA and Teen Novels have battled it out and now there are only 4 left standing. John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars takes on The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas. Meanwhile, the Canadian classic, Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery, takes on JK Rowling’s Harry Potter. 

The Elite Eight promised some compelling and hard fought contests, although several matchups weren’t as close as anticipated. Harry Potter was dominant in a win over The Hunger Games, as was The Hate U Give as it rolled over Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. The victory was a bit harder to come by for Anne of Green Gables as it defeated The Book Thief. Meanwhile, the one nail biter of the round saw The Fault in Our Stars eke out a last second win over The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Semi-Final voting runs April 5th and 6th, closing afterschool Wednesday. Voting in the Championship Final will run April 7th and 8th.

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Sikh Heritage Month

April is Sikh Heritage Month in Canada

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Visit us this month in the School Library as we celebrate Sikh Heritage Month. Find out more about Sikhs, Sikhism and the history of the Sikh people in Canada. Visit us in person to check out our display of books and DVDs, and visit us online to learn more about Sikh Heritage Month.

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Ramadan Mubarak

The Islamic month of Ramadan has begun. Ramadan is a month of fasting, prayer and other acts for devotion for Muslims. Ramadan Kareem!

In 2022 Ramadan began on April 1st and will end on May 1st. Like many other religious and cultural calendars, the Islamic year is based on a lunar calendar and that is way dates vary from year to year on the Gregorian (solar) Calander.

We wish Ramadan Mubarak and Ramadan Kareem to the more than one million Canadians who follow Islam, and to our Muslim neighbours around the world.

Find out more about Ramadan:

CBC News: Ramadan

NPR: Ramadan 2022

Muslim Association of Canada

Government of Canada

Ramadhan.org.uk