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.

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


The Guibord Center

Available at your school library

International Games Month

First there was International Games Day. Then it grew to International Games Week. Now we have International Games Month.

Come down to your School Library in November to celebrate GAMES all month long. We will look at all things related to games and gaming, culminating in the return of Games Day @ Your Library. Visit us in person or online to find out more.

Drop Everything and Read on Canadian School Library Day

The BC Teacher Librarians’ Association, in conjunction with the BCTF, challenge you to join people all over our province as they “Drop Everything and Read” for at least 15 minutes today.

Put away the phone, turn off the TV, pause the video game or whatever else you are doing. If you are at school put away the textbooks and the homework. Even if you are at work, we challenge your employers to give you 15 minutes to enjoy some silent reading.

People who read for pleasure benefit in so many ways. Obviously, the primary benefit of reading for pleasure, is, wait for it… pleasure. However, there are so many more reasons how reading for pleasure if beneficial for you as an individual, and even for all of us as a society.

Why should schools give you time for reading? Students who read for pleasure do better in school. Why should your work care if you read? People who read for pleasure bring a multitude of skills and abilities to the workplace, including greater capacity for concentration and focus, along with more obvious benefits such as improved reading, writing and other forms of communication. Why should society care if you read? Readers are better prepared for responsible citizenship. Readers of non-fiction are better informed to effectively participate in our democracy, while readers of fiction develop understanding and empathy and a greater sense of our common needs as fellow citizens of our communities, our nations and our world.

These are just some of the reasons why reading for pleasure is good for you and good for all of us. Enjoy some reading today, and every day.

Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali and Bandi Chor Divas

Tuhanu Diwali diyan boht both vadhaiyan’

Arnav, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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. In 2022 this takes place on October 24.

Many people will celebrate a five day festival from October 22 to 26 in 2022, with the main celebration of Diwali on October 24. However, it may be celebrated at different times, and in different ways, by various groups in India, South Asia, and in the Indian diaspora.

Diwali may also be rendered as Deepavali or Divali.

For more information on Diwali, check out:

Canadian Library Workers Day

A big thank you goes out to all the workers in Canada’s libraries! We especially thank all those students, volunteers and staff here at LTSS who are the heartbeat of the School Library. Happy Canadian Library Workers Day!

Coming Soon: Drop Everything and Read

Monday, October 24 is Canadian School Library Day, BC School Library Day, and the day for the BCTLA/BCTF Annual “Drop Everything and Read” Challenge. All students and staff at LTSS are challenged to use the Tutorial Block on Monday to read for pleasure.

source: BCTLA

Put away the homework and the text books. Shut down your phone and the computer. Ignore the marking and the lesson planning. Pick up a book and read for recreation. Read for pleasure. Read to learn something you are interested in (outside of school!). Read to escape. Read for fun.

Be sure to have some good reading material ready for Monday. Come down to the School Library where that is our number one job, helping you to get good reading material into your hands.

The DEAR Challenge is extended to all the citizens of our province! So pass on the word to your family and friends. Challenge them to take some time on October 24 to “Drop Everything and Read!”


From all of us at YOUR School Library, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Prominent Canadians deliver turkey to the White House
for a celebration of Canada’s Thanksgiving.

What are you thankful for? We hope that on this long weekend you can enjoy some time of rest and recreation with family and friends. And be sure to take some time to consider the things in your life for which you are thankful.

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, or the “Day of Atonement”, is the holiest day on the Jewish Calendar. For devout Jews in Canada and around the world, Yom Kippur is the most important Holiday, beyond Hanukkah or even the Passover. Many Jews will spend the entire day in fasting, praying and other observances.

In 2022 Yom Kippur begins at sundown on October 4, and ends at nightfall on October 5. (This is according to the Gregorian Calendar, while the Jewish Calendar is at year 5783.)

Find out more:

What is Yom Kippur? (

My Jewish Learning

National Geographic

CBC Kids

Check out these books at YOUR School Library:

October is Library Month

International School Library Month
Canadian Library Month
BC School Library Day, October 24

Drop Everything and Read, October 24
Canadian School Library Day, October 24

Come down to your School Library in the month of October as we celebrate all that is amazing and wonderful about libraries, especially School Libraries in the public education system.