2015-2016 NWSS Library Report

2015-2016 was an exciting school year at NWSS Library. Ms. Jones and Ms Wethered’s overarching goal for the year was to move ever closer to the Learning Commons model. While our core values remain the same – resource-based learning, information literacy, and a love of reading, our journey into the question of what is a Learning Commons quite literally took us across the Fraser River and the Salish Sea. We visited schools in Saanich and Surrey , drawing inspiration from innovative colleagues, ready to share and support our change. Thank your SD40 Innovation Grants, BC Association of Teacher Librarians and NWTU for supporting our study.

DSC_0337We implemented new technological innovations so that students could be ever more creative in how they express their learning. Ms. Wethered led students through the creation of video book trailers while Ms. Jones used green screens , coding, and computational thinking. We made steps towards creating a Maker Space as well. Students constructed homesteads for Social 10 and our volunteers upcycled the materials for future projects. Ms. Jones taught basic parallel circuits to Planning and English classes so they could “illuminate’ their thinking in various ways.

We continued to advocate for social justice and provide a safe haven inclusive of all. Global Issues Week 2016 attracted 1500 students. On a daily basis, we worked alongside our industrious volunteers and shared laughs and experiences with the Star Wars, Dr. Who, and Movie clubs. We would sincerely like to thank NWSS PAC, parent participants, and community members (Vancouver Writers Festival, NWTU) for their fine contributions towards our resources and events. There’s an open invitation for parents to come to the library and see what’s new – perhaps participate as a guest speaker? Wish list : guest speakers, Maker Space materials.

Library events:

mining presentation (26)All candidates meeting for youth: NDP, Liberal Party, Green Party
Global Issues Week Speaker Series: Justice Theatre, BC ALPHA, Sexual Health, LNG Pipeline, Earthsave, Peter Julian , MP.
Rocksolid
Foundations program Spring Tea
Mr. H. Marsden: Exploration Geologist
Hour of Code – in English, Spanish, and Japanese
Reader’s Theatre: Colin MacKay Memorial Bursary Fundraiser
Library Olympics
3 new art murals painted by students

Author visits:

Arno Kopecky. Oil man and the sea.
Elizabeth Stewart. Blue Gold
RC Weslowski. Spoken word poet and storyteller.
Julian Legere. Actor, director, & playwright.

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Reading programs:
hyack teen read award 2015 2016Hyack Teen Read Award. Hyack Book of the Year: Sisters by Raina Teigelmeier.
Million Page Challenge
Reading Challenge

 

Library-sponsored clubs:
Dr. Who club
Star Wars club
Knitting club
Library volunteers
Movie club
Cultural Universe club

Collection Development:
198 Fiction books
62 Non-fiction books

Some collaborative lessons and units:

homestead forestLibrary Science. Z block – 4 credit course.
Inquiry
Japanese History
Blind date with a book
Computational thinking and coding
Authentic First Nations Resources
Novel Study: Blue Gold
How to make a book trailer
Student-produced Library Orientation Video
Canadian mapping and geography for ELL.
Greatest Living Canadian of the 20th century
How to illuminate your thinking using electric circuits
English: Understanding Literal vs. Figurative meaning in picturebooks
Chicago, MLA, and APA citation requirements for IB Diploma Program.

 

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Hyack Teen Read 2015-16

The Hyack Teen Read Award is a joint program between NWSS Library and NWPL designed to increase voluntary reading among New Westminster teens. This year’s nominees have been selected by teens and librarians who propose books to run against each other and then have our teen patrons choose the year’s most interesting book. NWSS Library has hosted three of this year’s authors- Ranj Dhaliwal (Daaku), Ashley Little (Anatomy of a Girl Gang) and Elizabeth Stewart (Blue Gold), all who engaged their audiences in fascinating discussions and read-alouds.

There is substantial research that proves that youth who read often, voluntarily, and have access to books, have  higher literacy and academic outcomes. We hope that by showcasing local and international books shortlisted by their community, our youth will receive even more encouragement to read.hyack teen read award 2015 2016

Hyack Teen Read Winner 2015 !

This year’s Hyack Teen Read Winner is ….. Our Interrupted Fairy Tale, by NWSS grad, Megan Williams. As a partnership between the NWPL and NWSS Library, the Hyack Teen Read program promotes reading for pleasure by recommending 10 books every year and encouraging New West teens to rate their favourite.  Fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels are shortlisted by an Advisory Group of teens and librarians.  New West teens are always invited to join the Advisory Group.  This year’s promotion events included author visits by Megan Williams, book clubs, flyers, bookmarks, and contests.  Our next year’s Hyack Reads will be announced in October !

This year’s grand prize winner : Jennifer Dewan – A Kobo eReader !

Secondary winners : Hyack Teen Read book bag and Scholastic certificates.

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