Summer Break

The 2020-2021 School Year has come to an end. It was a year unlike any other. We hope that the School Library was able to serve you as well as possible both in and out of the classroom.

Enjoy some rest and recreation over the summer. We really hope you can find some extra time for reading. Read for fun. Read to learn something you are interested in. Read to laugh. Read to cry. Read to be scared. Read to escape. Read for whatever reason you have.

Over the summer you can continue to visit us online, including access to our ebook collection. We hope that we have fought this pandemic well enough that our full slate of services can return for the 2021-2022 School Year. We will see you again in person in September.

School Library FAQ 5

School Library FAQ 5: “Can I borrow Audiobooks?”

Click on “Leave a Comment” below to share your answer. Check back for a future School Library FAQ to see our answer. We will also have a new question or two for you.


In School Library FAQ 4 we asked, “Can I borrow magazines?”

Yes, you can borrow magazines from the school library. We have many magazines to choose from, including many for which we have a regular subscription.

Our most current magazines are on display on the periodical shelves, near the Zen Den. If you flip the display shelves up, you will see back issues that are also available for loan.

Click here to see a list of some of the magazines that we regularly subscribe to.

In addition, there are many online editions of magazines available through our district sponsored resources. Find out more about online access to magazines by clicking here.



Use the site menu or click here to go to our site FAQ page to see other Frequently Asked Questions.

School Library FAQ 4

School Library FAQ 4: “Can I borrow magazines?”

Click on “Leave a Comment” below to share your answer. Check back for a future School Library FAQ to see our answer. We will also have a new question or two for you.


In School Library FAQ 3 we asked, “Can I print in the library?”

The short answer is, yes, you can print in the library.


We have a printing station by the front entrance, on your right as you enter the school library. You will need to observe the following procedures:

  1. Wear a mask
  2. Sanitize your hands.
  3. One person at a time. If you are waiting, please wait outside the doors.
  4. You will need to know your district username and password to log on to the computer.
  5. Please have a print-ready document or other item ready to go before you log on. If you still need to work on something, please do it on a different computer.
  6. Log off when you are finished.
  7. Sanitize the key board and mouse. There will be a spray bottle of sanitizer and paper towels nearby. Spray a towel with the sanitizer (do not soak the towel and do not spray directly onto the equipment.) Gently wipe down any surfaces you used.

Please be responsible with your printing choices. Before printing, we ask that you consider these questions: Do I really need to print? How do minimize the amount of paper that I use? Are there alternatives to printing that I should consider?


Use the site menu or click here to go to our site FAQ page to see other Frequently Asked Questions.

School Library FAQ 3

School Library FAQ 3: “Can I print in the library?”

Click on “Leave a Comment” below to share your answer. Check back for a future School Library FAQ to see our answer. We will also have a new question or two for you.


In School Library FAQ 2 we asked, “How do I borrow a book? Where do I go and what do I need?”

When you come to the School Library and find a book that you want to borrow, head to the Circulation Desk. This is the main counter near the front doors. The Teacher Librarian or another member of the Library Team will be there to assist you– if nobody is there, you will need to say (in a LOUD voice), “I need help!” You might need to continue to ask for help until a Library Team member comes to the desk to assist you.

When directed to do so, you will use the self-checkout station to scan your library card (student id card.) Then you will scan the library barcode on the book. If everything is in order, congratulations, you have successfully borrowed the book!

If you have any overdue books, unpaid fines, or if you are over your limit, you won’t be able to borrow any more books until you sort out the issues. If you have questions about any of those things, you will need to talk with the Teacher Librarian.

You have most books and other materials for three weeks. If you still want to keep the book longer than that, you can usually renew the book for as long as you need to.

You can also borrow books without even physically entering the library! Go here to read about how to place holds and even get books delivered to you.


Use the site menu or click here to go to our site FAQ page to see other Frequently Asked Questions.

3rd Quarter

Welcome to the 3rd Quarter of the 2020-2021 School Year. We look forward to continuing to serve you in these next weeks, as we support you with your learning both in and out of the classroom. We want to continue to support recreational reading. Book browsing, selection and circulation remain at the top of our priorities. We have much more limited in-person capacity, but we continue to offer many online services. Either way, please be sure to make use of of the School Library.

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Here are a few reminders about some of the policies and procedures that have changed in the School Library this year, as adaptations for dealing with Covid-19.

  1. All visitors to the School Library must wear masks and sanitize hands upon entering. (It is highly recommended you do so again when leaving.)
  2. No food or drink allowed in School Library.
  3. We have a new system for placing HOLDS and optional DELIVERY. Go here for more information.
  4. Students who visit the library during class hours must either have a teacher’s note or (preferred) come at a time previously booked by the classroom teacher.
  5. We have a limited capacity for students to visit us outside of their class hours: 7:50 to 8:35 and 2:05 to 2:45.

If you have any questions about COVID-19 protocols, or questons about how we can best serve you, please send a message to: teacherlibrarian@tweedsmuirlibrary.ca

School Library FAQ 2

In last week’s “School Library FAQ” we asked, “What is fiction? What is nonfiction?” Those are complex ideas and are most certainly “Frequently Asked Questions” that we have dealt with many times. Use the site menu or click here to go to our site FAQ page to see one answer that we came up with.

This week’s School Library FAQ: “How do I borrow a book? Where do I go and what do I need?”


Take some time to think about it. Click on “Leave a Comment” below to share your answer. Check back for a future School Library FAQ. We will also have a new question or two for you.

School Library FAQ

What is fiction? What is nonfiction? Even many Grade 12 students still have difficulty answering these questions. Give it some thought. Click on “Leave a Comment” (below) to share your answers. Check back for some of our answers in the next “School Library FAQ.”

We will also have a new question or two for you.

Books Delivered to You

Source: Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0

Do you know that you can have school library books delivered to you in your classroom?  If you haven’t done it before, it is easy to learn how!

1. Search for Tweedsmuir Library or use this URL : tweedsmuirlibrary.wordpress.com

2. Click on Catalog

3. Sign in with your School District username and password

4. Use the Catalog (Destiny Classic or Destiny Discover) to search for books

5. When you find a book, click on the title or on the “Details” button

6. Click the “Hold It” button

7. Expect an email to your Surrey Schools email address when the book is ready.

8. IF you don’t use your Surrey Schools email, you will need to use your regular email to contact tweedsmuirlibrary@gmail.com

9. When the book is ready, you can pick it up at the School Library OR you can have it delivered to your morning class.

 

Go here for a more detailed TEXT step-by-step guide.
Go here for an even more detailed ILLUSTRATED step-by-step guide.

One card, one million possibilities

source: librarianship.ca

Do you have a Library Card? If not, get one! Do you use your Library Card? If not, why not? Take advantage of all that libraries have to offer. Visit your local Public Library, and the many great libraries of your city, including Surrey Libraries, VPL and FVRL.  And as always, take advantage of everything that your School Library has to offer.  October is Canadian Library Month. The best way to celebrate is to use the library!

“Finding Your Way to Good Health and Well Being”

 

October is International School Library Month.  Join with schools in Canada and around the world as we take this month to learn about, and celebrate, the vital role that libraries play in education around the globe.

The theme of ISLM in 2020 is “Finding our Way to Good Health and Well Being.”

Find out more about ISLM from the International Association of School Librarianship.