Category Archives: Libraries

Malala Yousafzai raises the bar- as a 19 yr old

This young woman, who has experienced so many ills of our planet was honoured today as the sixth Honourary Citizen of Canada. Bravo to Canada and the Trudeau Government for enacting what Stephen harper and Rona Ambrose wished to do … Continue reading

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Aboriginal identity and the arts- a cultural lens

With the recent alleged exposure of Joseph Boyden’s identity by the APTN , the whitewater ripple in Canada is growing. I’m no expert. I’m just a reader and retired librarian but the storm is as chilling as our cold winter.  … Continue reading

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Congrats Dayna/ Teacher/Librarian Year 2016

Congrats to my friend and colleague Dayna Hart of CNB middle school , SD23. for her BCTLA TeacherLibrarian Year Award! I’m so humbled to have worked with other Kelowna winners: Joan Eaton, Kay Treadgold, Sharon Bede and Misty Smith! 5 recipients … Continue reading

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My winter reading roster..

I’ve had another enjoyable winter reading adventure. Girls on trains, Old Testament, spider webs, dam busters, dogs, sea, sickroom, nuns, emancipation… As a teacher-librarian for 15 years, I read about 3 fiction and non-fiction titles per week-it was a job … Continue reading

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Reading culture – clubs- still vital

It’s exciting to hear of ways our reading culture is buoyant. After reading Jacqueline Van Dyk’s blog ‘Open Book‘ , I reflect again on the state of reading. Social media initiatives like ActionableBooks, give book clubs even a wider diversity … Continue reading

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Public libraries are many things- not a business 

http://seattlereviewofbooks.com/notes/2015/10/21/public-response-to-spl-survey-sharply-against-city-librarian-marcellus-turners-rebranding-plan/  Public libraries are reflections of ourselves. A library’s health reflects our community health. The survey report from Seattle is an example of a library administration, with zealous marketing influence, are trying to grow by ‘sales’ not service. (Holiday) The … Continue reading

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“Ambition for libraries as a pillar of democracy.. inform his thinking- VanDyk

http://jacquelinevandyk.ca/a-true-champion-of-our-freedom-to-read/#comment-53275 I was so impressed by our esteemed librarian response to the current C-51 legislation. As usual Jacqueline Van Dyk’s outlines the themes and documentation so articulately.  Bravo Brian!  And Brian’s activism work has only stepped up in his retirement … Continue reading

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