Library Links

"Content that might be of interest to Teacher-Librarians..."


The Library Book - launch videos

For those who missed the launch of The Library Book in Victoria on April 7, we have good news - highlights of the evening are now available on YouTube.

For your viewing pleasure:

Dave Obee and Helen Gordon Stewart discuss library history, part one.
Dave Obee and Helen Gordon Stewart discuss library history, part two.

Alice Bacon reflects on her life in libraries.

Ray Culos talks about his efforts to promote library service throughout the province.

Chris Kevlahan and April Ens use puppets to show one of the great pillars of library work.

Ida Chong, the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, brings greetings from the provincial government.

R. Edward Gosnell, the first provincial librarian, talks about what things were like back in the 19th century.


BookWink - inspiring kids to read

Video booktalks at BookWink -
Bookwink uses podcasting and video booktalks to inspire kids to read. They hope to connect kids in Grades 3 through 8 with books that will make them excited about reading. The videos are each approximately 3 minutes long and are updated monthly. Each video booktalk is about a different topic, and additional read-alikes can be found on the Bookwink website. The site can be searched by subject, grade level, author or title.

Into The Book - Strategies for Learning

About this Project

Into the Book is a multimedia package designed to improve students' reading comprehension, as well as their ability to think and learn across the curriculum. Watch short video clips that illustrate the strategies.

Based on current research, the project focuses on eight learning strategies:

  • Using prior knowledge
  • Making connections
  • Questioning
  • Visualizing
  • Inferring
  • Summarizing
  • Evaluating
  • Synthesizing

Elementary Library Resources

Downloadable Elementary Library Resources
(Jessica Munich forwarded these links)

Capstone has a number of useful handouts, bookmarks, and activities on their site:

Downloadable bookmarks on a range of topics
Students could be challenged to make their own.

Library Scavenger Hunt PDF worksheet -
You could even design your own -- ask kids to draw in activities they like to do, or illustrate their interests, and then find the Dewey Number on the shelf that corresponds.


Teach Math with storybooks

Three Lessons: Using Storybooks to Teach Math (blog post)
By Marilyn Burns
"For many of us, the storybook shelf isn’t the first place we go to when we start to plan a math lesson. But children’s books can be a great math teaching tool." Read article HERE.


Social responsibility and character education titles

"Social Responsibility" Book List
Scholastic Education has released a book list focusing on the themes of social responsibility and character education from their collection. The list features individual titles, and curriculum resources. Click here to download the PDF. (14 pages)

Khan Academy - Videos to help instruction

Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything—for free.

What started out as Sal Khan making a few algebra videos for his cousins has grown to over 2,100 videos and 100 self-paced exercises and assessments covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history. (Lots of Math and Science.)

Here's one on the French Revolution.

10,000-plus newspapers from all over the world

"Newspaper Map"

The Newspaper Map maps 10,000-plus newspapers all over the world and lets you browse through, and read, every one of them.

Using a GoogleEarth-like presentation, you can search by specific location, zoom in on any given area, filter the news outlets by language, or translate foreign papers into English via Google translate."


Webcasts and online resources for kindergarten teachers

Webcasts provided by the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO)

Watch and listen to 2 experts, Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Jill Worthy talk about early childhood education.

Webcasts provided by Curriculum Services Canada (CSC) (including French ones) :

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