Tutorial Time is READING TIME

Read to learn. Read to escape. Read to find out more about something you are interested in. Read to laugh. Read to cry. Read to see life through the eyes of different people in different times and places. Read for the sake of reading.

Tutorial time takes place from 9:24 to 9:57, everyday, across the school. In many classrooms around the building students will take time to get extra help from teachers, or to study for tests, or to read just for the sake of reading!

Come down to the school library to find something good to read. We have something for everybody. Fiction or non-fiction. A wide range of genres. Books for different reading abilities. Old classics and brand-new bestsellers. We have Manga. Sports books. Young Adult fiction. Science fiction. Biography. Graphic novels. Fantasy. And so much more.

The school library is also a great place to read during tutorial time! We have comfy chairs spread around the library, including the super-silent “Zen Den.” You can count on a quiet and comfortable environment to enjoy some reading.

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.

Why should schools care about recreational reading?

Should teachers set aside time during the school day for kids to read for pleasure?


Should schools do more to encourage kids to become recreational readers?


Will there be enough of a payoff for our education system even if it means less time spent on other things?


The answer to all these questions is most certainly yes.

Reading for pleasure, recreational reading, free voluntary reading, personal reading– whatever  you want to call it–  is built upon the intrinsic goal of reading because it directly benefits the reader: Reading for the sake of reading.  Yet there are myriad indirect benefits that come from recreational reading, many of which lead to profoundly positive educational outcomes.

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A teacher should care that a student reads for pleasure, because reading brings pleasure to the student!  However, more than that, a teacher can also point to so many other benefits that come from recreational reading that will pay off in terms of academic achievement, social learning and character education.

If teachers (or parents, or administrators) are worried that the kids are missing out on valuable educational lessons, please remember this: Students who read more for pleasure will do better in school.  Recreational reading has many, many indirect educational benefits to students. Students who do more recreational reading will see improvements in vocabulary, writing skills, grammar, spelling, comprehension, critical thinking, concentration and so many other skills that are essential to one’s overall education.

Moreover, students who read more for pleasure will grow in social and emotional learning, as students can share in the experiences of different people, growing in empathy and understanding for people all backgrounds, ages, genders, orientations, beliefs and cultures.

As if those weren’t enough reasons for reading, here are some more. Reading books can help mitigate against the harmful effects of too much time spent on phones and in front of other screens. One simple and yet important example of this is that studies show that people who read from books or magazines before bed will sleep better than those who are looking at screens before trying to fall asleep.

There are so many reasons to read.

Schools need to do more to encourage kids to read for reading’s sake.  In doing so, the school will reap the rewards of having kids who do better in school.

October is International School Library Month
and Canadian Library Month.

Why SSR?

bookthiefWhy SSR?  (Reason #8 of 3,487,659) Reading allows you to visit other times.  You can experience life in other eras, whether it is historical fiction that takes you to the past, or speculative fiction that imagines the future. You can go back to your own past of the the last few years, or you can go back deep into history.  You are physically stuck in this time and place but reading allows you to visit other times and places with your mind.

Of course, even better:  (Reason #1) Reading for fun is fun.

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Why SSR?

writingWhy SSR?  (Reason #4 of 3,487,659) Reading for fun improves your writing.  The more you read, the more you see what good writing looks like (and bad writing too!) You can read about writing, but more importantly, whatever you read, non-fiction or fiction, you see examples of writing. You learn from the examples to make you a better writer. The more you read, the more you are exposed to a wide variety of writing genres, styles and methods.  The more you read, the more ideas you get for your own writing.

Of course, even better:  (Reason #1) Reading for fun is fun.

Why SSR?

buckheavyssrWhy SSR?  (Reason #14 of 3,487,659) Reading for fun increases your concentration. There are so many things that distract us all day long, requiring divided attention for shallow thinking. Reading longer texts for sustained periods requires greater levels of concentration for deeper thinking. The more you read for fun, the more you will be able to concentrate on other things for longer periods of time.

Of course, even better:  (Reason #1) Reading for fun is fun.

Why SSR?

buckheavyssrWhy SSR?  (Reason #7 of 3,487,659) Reading for fun increases your vocabulary.  In fact, studies show that reading for fun (recreational reading or “free voluntary reading”) is much more effective in building vocabulary than common strategies such as studying vocabulary lists.

Of course, even better:  (Reason #1) Reading for fun is fun.