The Holidays Begin

Happy American Thanksgiving to our southern neighbours and all the transplanted Americans who are in Canada getting a second Thanksgiving for the year.

US President Harry Truman welcomes a delegation of prominent Canadians for American Thanksgiving.


American Thanksgiving marks the unofficial start to the “Holiday Season.” Check back with us a the School Library as we begin our annual look at “Holidays & Holy Days” as 2022 comes to a close over the coming week.

This week at the School Library


International Games Month @ Your Library takes top billing this week as the School Library hosts over 25 different classes for a celebration of games! Board games, tabletop games, card games, party games and all sorts of games will be happening Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.



On Wednesday the School Library also hosts the district DELF exam for French language students. As such we will be closed to all drop-in students for the entire day on Wednesday.

What are your favourite games?

November is International Games Month @ Your Library. Join with us as we celebrate the fun of board games, card games, tabletop games, party games and all kinds of live, in-person games.

Here are some of our favourites. More than a few are classics but there are also some more recent titles– maybe some that you haven’t heard of, but might like to try!


  • Chess
  • Catan
  • Monopoly
  • Hearts
  • King of Tokyo
  • Scrabble
  • Colt Express
  • Password
  • Cribbage
  • Biblios
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Backgammon
  • Exploding Kittens
  • Carcassonne
  • Things
  • Ticket to Ride

What are your favourite games? Let us know in the comments below.

Champions of Peace

Can you identify these individuals who championed peace, non-violence, civil disobedience, reconciliation, conscientious objection, and other alternatives to war and violence?


Give it a try. Then check the answer key to see how you did. Comment below.

Answer Key


You can also try the SPORCLE version: click here


November is Peace Month. Come down to your School Library to find out more.

Songs of Peace: Zombie

Another head hangs lowly
Child is slowly taken
And the violence caused such silence
Who are we mistaken?

Written by Dolores O’Riordan
Performed by The Cranberries

One of the great songs of the 1990’s, “Zombie” by the Cranberries is also one of the great anti-war songs of all time. Dolores O’Riordan wrote the song in response to another atrocity of sectarian violence spilling out of Northern Ireland. In this case two young boys were killed, and over 50 people injured, after an IRA bomb exploded in Warrington, in the northwest of England. O’Riordan was sickened by the bombing, and like most people in Ireland, she had had enough of seeing violence carried out in the name of the Irish. “The IRA are not me. I’m not the IRA,” she said. “The Cranberries are not the IRA. My family are not. When it says in the song, ‘It’s not me, it’s not my family,’ that’s what I’m saying.” (source)

Find out more:

Remembrance Day



Remembrance Day is November 11. Today at LTSS we will observe Remembrance Day Assemblies.

Armistice Day was established to honour the fallen of the First World War, which formally ended at “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.” Later, the name of the day was changed to Remembrance Day. Canadians served and died in another World War, as well as other wars and peacekeeping missions around the globe. Remembrance Day is a national holiday to honour the memory of those Canadians who have fallen in war.  

On Remembrance Day we pay our respect to those that have paid the terrible costs of war. Remembrance Day is not meant to celebrate war or glorify war. War has brought untold suffering and pain to the world. Those who has experienced war, especially those that have lost loved ones in war, know that war is not something to celebrate.

It is also 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 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 or other parts of Canada, take some time for Remembrance.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurpurab

The founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak,  was born in 1469 in the north-west of India, (what is now Pakistan.)  He would go on to become the first of the Ten Gurus of Sikhism. In 2022 the celebration of the birth of Guru Nanak is November 8. The day is also referred to as Guru Nanak’s Prakash Utsav and Guru Nanak Jayanti.

Most Canadians of Indian heritage who live in Canada are Sikhs, including many students at Lord Tweedsmuir, and communities throughout Surrey and Greater Vancouver. If you are not Sikh, learn more about Guru Nanak, Sikhism, and the Sikh community. What a great way to better understand your friends, neighbours and fellow Canadians.

Find out more:

Sikh Wiki

Sikh Museum

Canadian Sikh Heritage

Sikh Net

BBC

The Guibord Center

Available at your school library

Games Hall of Fame

How many of these games from GAMES Magazine’s Hall of Fame have you played? There are some all-time favourites here!

Here is the list, including the year of publication:

  • Sorry (1934)
  • Monopoly (1935)
  • Yahtzee (1938)
  • Stratego (1947)
  • Clue (1948)
  • Scrabble (1948)
  • Blockhead (1954)
  • Mille Bornes (1954)
  • Twixt (1957)
  • Diplomacy (1959)
  • Risk (1959)
  • Acquire (1962)
  • Twister (1966)
  • Bridgette (1970)
  • Dungeons & Dragons (1974)
  • Pente (1979)
  • Civilization (1980)
  • Othello (1980)
  • Axis & Allies (1981)
  • Trivial Pursuit (1981)
  • Taboo (1989)
  • Tribond (1989)
  • Magic the Gathering (1993)
  • The Settlers of Catan (1995)
  • Apples to Apples (1999)

Sources:

The Board Game Family

Board Game Geek

Wikipedia/Games 100


Celebrate with us all month long as your School Library observes International Games Month!

Songs of Peace: War

War, huh, yeah
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, uhh

Written by Barrett Strong / Norman Whitfield

Originally written for The Temptations, “War” was eventually released as a single by Edwin Starr. Although the song has been covered by many artists, including Bruce Springsteen, the preeminent version remains that of Edwin Starr. Originally written as part of the protests against the Vietnam War, Edwin Starr’s peformance of “War” has stood the test of time and remains one of the most famous anti-war anthems to this day.


Join us in your school library this month as we explore and celebrate November’s themes: Peace, non-violence, and alternatives to war.

We Have Games

We have board games. We have board games, party games, table games, card games, dice games, role playing games, cooperative games, one player games, classic games, social games, strategy games, award winning games, word games, family games, trivia games, negotiation games, Euro games, guessing games, pop culture games, deduction games, chance games, storytelling games, simulation games, abstract games, tile games, bluffing games. We have games!

Come down to your School Library to check out our selection of games, and join with us as we celebrate International Games Month.