World Health Day

From the World Health Organization:

New data on the harm caused by foodborne illnesses underscore the global threats posed by unsafe foods, and the need for coordinated, cross-border action across the entire food supply chain, according to WHO, which next week is dedicating its annual World Health Day to the issue of food safety.

World Health Day will be celebrated on 7 April, with WHO highlighting the challenges and opportunities associated with food safety under the slogan “From farm to plate, make food safe.”

“Food production has been industrialized and its trade and distribution have been globalized,” says WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan. “These changes introduce multiple new opportunities for food to become contaminated with harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemicals.”

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Who Comes to the School Library?

Who comes to the School Library?  That is an excellent question.  The short answer:  We get hundreds of people visiting each day, and tens of thousands of visits each year.

Some of our visitors are people who come multiple times a day, every day.  Some come more casually. Some students come down when their classes are booked into the library.  Many IMG_0457more come down as drop-in students, either during class or during “study blocks” or “free blocks.”  And many more again make their way here before school, at lunch, and after school.

We have class bookings from virtually every department and grade in the school.  While it is most typical to have Social Studies or English classes come in, we have had classes and small groups of students come in from Science, Math, LST, French, Spanish, Planning, PE, Woodwork, Cafeteria, ELL, Hockey Academy and more.

IMG_0017[1]We have hosted a multitude of special events, some that come every year, such as Safe Teen, Food Safe and International Games Day. We have been delighted to showcase our local talent with such events as the LTS Poetry Slam and Library Unplugged. We have hosted guest speakers such as war veterans, poets, writers and more.

We host meetings of all sorts, including meetings of Department Heads, the Parent Advisory Council, the Scholarship Club, sports teams and more. We host immunization clinics, photo sessions, book displays, contests and more.

IMG_0110[1]Students come here looking for a place to do research, study, work on projects. Some want to work alone, some prefer to work in small groups. We offer space for both.

Students come here looking to borrow from our growing collection of PlayAway Audiobooks,  DVDs, eBooks and other alternatives to print media. Our magazines and newspapers draw in many visitors.  Students also want to make use of our growing collection of board games and table games.

Students and staff come here looking for good books to read.  Students and staff come here looking for a quiet comfortable space in which to read.  We are delighted to do what we can to make that happen!

Whatever the reason, we get hundreds of visitors each day. If you haven’t been in to your school library lately, we hope to see you here soon!