Library Links

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


Research Guides on Aboriginal Resources

Learn more about First Nations
Here are some research links from UBC library (thanks Sarah Dupont) related to Aboriginal Resources:

Two research guides that might serve as helpful starting points:

Also -  Indigenous Librarianship guide and Aboriginal Publishers, Distributors, and News Media guide. (Note: Anyone who is an alumni of UBC can borrow up to 5 books at a time, and use materials in-house (including databases).



Some ESL links to explore - better for High School

Looking for some text/audio pairings to help students develop an ear for English? Here are some links to explore.
Voice of America (Current events: text with audio)

MaryGlasgow Plus (articles at different levels - some with audio)

A site for ESL learners - activities, texts, audio etc.

(Short text with link to "audioboo spoken file" at the end of each article)

3 levels of text from a variety of current events
(audio of the easier texts in video format)

See also: eResources from the district. These can be found under the Visual Tab in Destiny - use School ID and password for home access:

EBSCO magazines

TumbleReadables (Chose "Teen" for older read-along titles and themes)
(Access link via the Visual Tab in your school library)

Orca Digital (text but no audio)



Booklists by "Divergent" factions

Thanks to Cheryl Youse (Media Specialist & Webmaster at Colquitt County High School) for assembling this list of novel titles that align with the factions in Divergent. Her students came up with this final selection:

I can see a great book display in my mind's eye.....

  • Percy Jackson Series and the Kane Chronicles / Riordan
  • Maze Runner / Dashner
  • Abhorsen / Nix
  • I am Number Four / Lore
  • Incarceron / Fisher
  • Keys to the Kingdom Series / Nix
  • Leverage / Cohen
  • Eragon / Paolini
  • The Impossible Knife of Memory / Anderson
  • The False Princess / O'Neal
  • My Book of Life by Angel / Leavitt
  • Allegiant / Roth
  • Finnikin of the Rock / Marchetta
  • Every Day / Levithan
  • Girl of Fire and Thorns / Carson
  • The Zookeeper's Wife / Ackerman
  • Jump / Carbone
  • Anna and the French Kiss / Perkins
  • Charlotte's Web / White
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower / Chbosky
  • Jane / Lindner
  • Artemis Fowl series / Colfer
  • Ready Player One / Cline
  • Winger / Smith
  • Erebos /  Poznanski
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks / Skloot
  • To Kill a Mockingbird / Lee
  • The Story of an Hour  / Chopin
  • Where the Red Fern Grows / Rawls
  • My Life Next Door / Fitzpatrick
  • Grasshopper Jungle / Smith
  • The Mockingbirds / Whitney
  • Hate List / Brown

Nature Soundmap

Hear the World Like Never Before
"A group of professional nature recordists from around the globe have collaborated to develop Nature Soundmap, an enjoyable and interactive way of exploring the natural sounds of our planet. Immerse yourself in a pulsating insect chorus in Borneo's tropical rainforest, or climb the Himalayas and relax to the melodies of birdsong in an alpine meadow."

Use Nature Soundmap to discover the wonderful soundscapes and wildlife sounds of our planet.


Get to Effective Weeding.

"Raise you hand if you can't face weeding."
Diane J. Young's humourous but useful take on that bane of librarians everywhere: weeding! (EBSCO ID and password needed for home access)

"You are not alone. All over the country, books are stacked three high on window sills, Fodor's Yugoslavia 1987 languishes on the shelf, and HVAC systems send out BTUs to heat and cool the broken spines of Harry Potter. This can change. ... I've discovered that, whether our expertise is paleontology or board books, most of what holds us back from weeding is psychological. I'm reminded of that first step in most recovery programs: "We admitted we were powerless over [blank]--that our lives had become unmanageable." So, here's a program for people whose collections have become unmanageable--and it's only eight steps."


Not all scientific studies are created equal - TED-Ed

"I am not convinced"

Could be a good way to introduce the concept of scientific studies to senior students.

"Every day, we are bombarded by attention grabbing headlines that promise miracle cures to all of our ailments -- often backed up by a "scientific study." But what are these studies, and how do we know if they are reliable? David H. Schwartz dissects two types of studies that scientists use, illuminating why you should always approach the claims with a critical eye."


What Should I Read Next?

If you like this...then....

Enter a book title or author you like and this site will query its database of readers' favorite books to provide recommendations for what to read next. Each title on the results list is tagged with a number of clickable subject fields that will help you build thematic lists. (Thanks Brenda for the recommendation!)


An abundance of John Green

Book discussion guide to Green's novels

John Green is an award-winning, New York Times–bestselling author whose many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.


Minute by minute online

An interesting glimpse of online activity

What happens every minute? Google receives over 4,000,000 queries; YouTubers upload 71 hours of video; Pinterest users pin 3,472 photos; Facebook users share 2,460,000 updates; and Twitter users tweet 277,000 times. Every minute... (Infographic created by


Google's tribute to teachers

Take your class to the moon...

A "google" thank you to teachers, with some links to space resources and tools.
"Thank you to the millions of passionate teachers who inspire curiosity in their classrooms...lesson after lesson, unit after unit, year after year. We're fortunate to have had many of you in our lives, and we can't wait to see what the future will bring because of the work you're doing today."