18 Minutes of Pure Pleasure

SSR goes everyday before 2nd period,  from 9:25 to 9:43.  Be sure to have a good book or other reading material.  SSR is the best time of the school day!

Don’t waste SSR with textbooks or planners.¬† Take some time to pick out something that you will enjoy. SSR is your chance to read something that you want to read.¬† You don’t need to read it for a test, or a book report, or for any reason other than for the sake of reading. It might be pure escape, it might be informative, it might be a combination of entertainment and education. It is up to you.

Please remember that in the school library during SSR, we are reading too! So we would love to help you find an SSR book at any other time of the day, but not for those 18 minutes!

Reading Buddies

The Reading Buddies program at the Surrey Public Library is looking for volunteer reading buddies. Reading Buddies is a great volunteer opportunity where you can develop your mentorship skills. Being a “big buddy” is a rewarding experience, and counts towards CAPP hours.¬†For more information, check out surreylibraries.ca.¬† You can download an application form there. You can also contact the Youth Services Librarian at the Cloverdale Library to ask questions, and to apply.

Stephen Biko

Learn more about Stephen Biko. Borrow this book from your school library.

Anti-Apartheid and Black Consciousness leader Stephen Biko died on this day in 1977.¬† He was killed by South African police who tortured and beat him while he was in custody. His story, told in the book Biko, and the film “Cry Freedom,”¬†¬†helped to¬†expose the brutality of the Apartheid regime to the world.

Learn more about Stephen Biko.

Join the Library Team

freaksgeeksOnce again the Panther Den invites you to be a part of the Library Team. We are looking for responsible, diligent students to work as library monitors at lunch, before school and after school. Earn service hours, get first crack at new books and enjoy the privilege of serving your school in an important way.

All students from Grade 8 to 12 are invited. Click here to apply online. See Mr Sexton if you have any questions, and check out the Library Team page.

International Literacy Day

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International Literacy Day, traditionally observed annually on September 8, focuses attention on worldwide literacy needs. According the the UN, “Education brings¬†¬† sustainability to all the development goals, and literacy is the foundation of¬†¬† all learning. It provides individuals with the skills to understand the world¬†¬† and shape it, to participate in democratic processes and have a voice, and also¬†¬† to strengthen their cultural identity.”

For more information on International Literacy Day, click here

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year feast and celebration.  The Jewish Calendar is a lunar calendar, therefor the dates of Rosh Hashanah and other Jewish holidays will vary according to the Gregorian Calendar (the standard calendar used in most of the world for politics, business and daily life.)  In 2013 Rosh Hashanah begins at Sundown on September 4. In 2014 is will begin on September 25.