Spring 2014 newsletter


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Spring 2014 newsletter

  1. 1. S P r i n g 2 0 1 4! E l i z a b e t h d o w n i e m e d i a l i b r a r y e t o b i c o k e s c h o o l o f t h e a r t s E l i z a b e t h D o w n i e M e d i a l i b r a r y! Toronto Public Library One Book Our group of staff, students and parents have been reading our way through Stephen Galloway’s The Cellist of Sarajevo. Even if you haven’t been reading with us, you might be interested in a couple of events at the Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library on April 15th and April 28th. Details may be found here. LIBRARYN e w s l e t t e r Illustrated Glossary of Genetic Terms From the National Human Genome Research Institute... Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms The Massey Lectures App From the folks at the House of Anansi Press Massey Lectures App Word Cloud Tools Try using word cloud tools to help analyse student writing., look for frequency patterns. Word Cloud Tools Literacy Leveler Scan the barcode into the App and find out the reading level of the book. Literacy Leveler WELCOME TO SPRING AT THE ESA LIBRARY. Spring has sprung... the daffodils are blooming. In case you missed the announcements, we had a very successful Poetry in Voice competition here at ESA in early March. Five English teachers participated with their classes. Our in-school finals saw a total of 14 students competing for the opportunity to move forward to the online semi-finals. Michelle diMarco was our winner in the Bilingual Competition and Ian Hogeboom-Burr was our English Language winner. Both went forward to the online semi-finals, where Ian was selected to compete at the National Finals in Vancouver, in early May. We wish the best of luck to Ian as he looks forward to the National Finals. April is National Poetry Month. Information about Poetry Month may be found at the League of Canadian Poets website, Poets.ca. “The purpose is to celebrate poetry, writing, small presses and the contribution of poets and all writers to the cultural life in our communities. It also celebrates libraries, and the work of so many mayors and municipalities to promote literacy and reading.” (from Poets.ca). Be sure to check the ESA Library Daily Blog for our Poem of the Day, featured every weekday throughout the month of April. Please also join us in a collaborative poetry project at our Padlet site.
  2. 2. S P r i n g 2 0 1 4! E l i z a b e t h d o w n i e m e d i a l i b r a r y e t o b i c o k e s c h o o l o f t h e a r t s E l i z a b e t h D o w n i e M e d i a l i b r a r y! THE ESA LIBRARY NEWSLETTER May at the Library The second week in May is a busy one at the Library. We have two creative writing workshops, each accommodating a maximum of 25 students. Students who were recommended for these sessions by their English teachers have received personal invitations. If you have not received an invitation but would like to be considered for participation, please see Ms. Wray in the Library. A group of students will also be attending the White Pine festivities at Harbourfront... the festival of authors designed specifically for young adults. Upcoming Events... • ESA Poetry Contest (submissions due by Friday April 25th) • Creative writing workshop with Gail Sidonie Sobat, afternoon, Monday May 12th • Festival of Trees, Harbourfront, Wednesday May 14th • Creative writing workshop with David Poulsen, morning, Thursday May 15th Great Soup is back again on Monday May 5th. The ESA Library will once again host this most popular fundraiser featuring homemade soups, stews, salads and baked goods. Mark your calendar. New Graphic Novels A spring mini-shop of graphic novels has recently arrived in the Library. Featuring favourites like Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman”, Transmetropolitan, and Chew, our collection is curated for us by the wonderful folks at The Beguiling and Little Island Comics. There are also a number of new release titles, which were pre- ordered earlier in the year, that will begin arriving soon. Check the ESA Pinterest page to see what’s arriving and available. Image Source: Torontoist