Sunday, September 25, 2011

Book Week 2012

From the Canadian Children's Book Centre:

"TD Canadian Children’s Book Week will take place from May 5-12, 2012.

Applications to host a Book Week 2012 touring author, illustrator or storyteller are now open! Invite an author, illustrator or storyteller to your school, library or community centre today and share the magic of books and reading!

TD Canadian Children's Book Week is the single most important national event celebrating Canadian children's books and the importance of reading.Twenty-nine English-speaking authors, illustrators and storytellers will be visiting schools, libraries, bookstores and community centres in every province and territory across the country. Over 35,000 children, teens and adults will take part in the readings and workshops that will be given by the Book Week touring authors, illustrators and storytellers.

Visit to learn more about the authors, illustrators and storytellers that will tour in your province or territory.

Visit to apply today.

The deadline to apply is November 30, 2011".

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Note to BCTLA from Sharon Scott

A note to BCTLA from retired Vancouver teacher-librarian Sharon Scott, recipient of the 2010 Val Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award:

"As the recipient of the 2010 BCTLA Val Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, I would like to express belated but sincere gratitude for this honour. It is especially meaningful because Val and I were on so many executives and committees together in Vancouver over the years and remain friends.

Being a part of the teacher-librarian community and member of both BCTLA and VTLA has been a pleasure and a privilege.

Helping organize and actively participating in the Information Literacy Project at UBC Faculty of Education and cooperatively planning with professors, instructors, volunteers and pre-service teachers over the eleven years since my retirement has been exceptionally enjoyable and fulfilling.

BCTLA has continued to support teacher-librarians and advocate for school libraries through challenging times and deserves to be commended.

Thank you again for the beautiful and much appreciated award.

Sharon Scott"

Thank you, Sharon!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

2011-12 BCTLA Program

The specific goals and objectives of the BC Teacher-Librarians' Association for the school year 2011-12 are now available on the BCTLA website! Click on the image below for more:

Monday, September 12, 2011

VIWF Spreading the Word Schools Program

"Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival
Spreading the Word Schools Program
October 18-21, 2011

Free Festival Author Visits to Schools-in-Need

The Festival is sponsoring eight Festival authors to visit inner-city, 'vulnerable', schools in-need, to speak with up to two classes about being a writer, read from their books, engage with students. This is meant to be an intimate experience, and IT IS FREE.

If your school meets this criteria, check out this year’s writers listed below. For author bios go to

Select one and email Ilona Beiks, Education Coordinator: Make sure to include the preferred date, time, grade level, # of students, school address and contact phone number. You will be notified if your class is selected.

If you have any questions, call 604-215-9726.

Ilona Beiks
Education Coordinator
Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival


Alan Cumyn
For Grade 7
Available: Tuesday, October 18, anytime; Wednesday, October 19, morning; Thursday, October 20, afternoon.

Tanya Davis
For Grades 8 - 9
Available: Wednesday, October 19, afternoon only; Thursday, October 20, morning.

Deborah Hodge
For Grades 1 - 2
Available: Tuesday, October 18, anytime; Thursday, October 20, anytime.

Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
For Grades 3 - 5
Available: Tuesday, October 18, morning; Wednesday, October 19, afternoon.

Margriet Ruurs
For Grades 4
Available: Tuesday, October 18, anytime.

Janet Willen
For Grade 6
Available: Wednesday, October 19, afternoon; Thursday, October 20, morning.

Sheri-D Wilson
For Grades 11 - 12
Available: Wednesday, October 19, afternoon.

Moira Young
For Grade 10 - 11
Available: Wednesday, October 19, morning; Thursday, October 20, morning.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

“Living and Learning in a Smartboard World”

Written by teachers and researchers in the Livingstone Inquiry Group, the thirteen-chapter book outlines teachers’ innovations in teaching and learning including:

  • Designing digital curriculum units

  • Changes to student writing through digital media

  • Smartboards and students with special needs

  • The power of embedded video

  • Collaboration in a learning community

Sylvia Zubke, teacher-librarian at David Livingstone Elementary and member of the Livingstone Inquiry Group, was recently named as the 2011 BC Teacher-Librarian of the Year by the BCTLA.

The Points of Inquiry Posters

Points of Inquiry PosterAll BC public schools should have received a copy of a poster featuring The Points of Inquiry model. The poster should have arrived in the school start-up mailing from the BCTF. The posters were provided via a special grant from the BCTF, for which we thank them!

To download addition copies (several sizes) of the English and/or French posters, go to

In addition to the posters, resources on the site include the full The Points of Inquiry: A Framework for Information Literacy and the 21st-Century Learner document, a technology integration screencast, subject integration and collaborative planning templates, a student inquiry-teacher inquiry crosswalk, and more!

New resources include the Langley Inquiry Questions wiki, developed by the Langley Teacher-Librarians' Association. The wiki features a bank of sample questions in every subject area that may encourage inquiry in the classroom and/or school library.