11 Dec 2017

Visit the Bookworm Book Fair: December 10-13

Bookworm Book Shop is hosting its annual book fair in the Grade 3 Hallway from Sunday, December 10 to Wednesday, December 13, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Elementary students will visit the fair with their classroom teachers.

Families are welcome to browse throughout the day. The ASD Libraries benefit by receiving 10 percent of total purchases in store credit at Bookworm Book Shop. Last year, the libraries acquired 250 new books, thanks to the sales from the book fair. Enjoy some Christmas book shopping, and give back to your libraries!

30 Oct 2017

Student Librarians: Contributors, Leaders and Role Models

Our student librarians are contributors, leaders and role models in our Elementary School community. This semester, our student librarian team includes thirty-two Grade 3, 4 and 5 student volunteers. These students give hours of their time each week to learn and work in the Elementary Library.

The student librarians volunteer during one of three times during the day; early morning before school, recess times or after school until 4:15 pm. The team began the year with training sessions with Ms. Bello and Ms. Pollock, learning the layout of the library, the circulation system, and basic library procedures.

Responsibilities of the the student librarians include organizing shelves, assisting others in the library, cleaning books, shelving, managing the circulation desk and helping with special project such as visiting authors preparations.

A large group of student librarians helped to run a stand at the annual Halloween Trick-or-Treat Night. The students had fun managing a bean bag toss game and distributing candy to our visitors. A big thank you goes to the volunteers who helped support this school-wide event.

We look forward to more outstanding contributions from our student librarians as the school year continues. We appreciate your dedication and commitment to making our library the best it can be for our community of learners.

13 Sep 2017

A new year, a new look


We are excited to welcome back our community of learners to the ASD Libraries. And, we offer a warm invitation to all of our new families to stop by and learn what the libraries have to offer! Our libraries are community hubs for students, parents, faculty and staff. We encourage you to take advantage our our vast resources and variety of spaces.

Our ES Library is open from 7:45 am - 4:15 pm and our MS/HS Library is open from 7:45 am - 4:45 pm. Please visit our ES Library and MS/HS Library websites to learn more.

Reimagining ASD Libraries

Over the last three years the K-12 Library Team has been dreaming big. As we reimagine our spaces, we reimagine learning. Our goal is to ultimately transform our library spaces to create relevant, engaging centers for collaboration, communication and innovation with future learning in mind. Our libraries aim to be enticing, impactful, inspiring, and visionary. Our spaces and services will embody our core values and enhance learning experiences for our entire community.

The reimagining project included the following goals:

  1. Create distinctive ASD Libraries identity and signage.
  2. Develop collaborative, flexible study rooms and classrooms.
  3. Create multi-purpose learning areas using dynamic, flexible and varied seating.
  4. Enhance and showcase print collection with versatile, mobile shelving.
  5. Create flexible circulation system.

As a result of the giving of many donors and event proceeds, we were able to achieve these targets over a three year period. We have designed a distinctive visual K-12 Library identity creating consistent, recognizable library experience for our community.
We have designed a distinctive visual K-12 Library identity creating consistent, recognizable library experience for our community.

Our new library seating supports student learning by creating areas for collaboration as well as individual work. Furniture sizes, colors, and styles are comfortable, inviting, and functional. Our study rooms and classrooms offer students and teachers flexibility. Learning spaces can be easily adjusted with foldable tables on wheels and stacking, lightweight chairs. White boards and/or flat screens for projection are available in all rooms.

With our new shelving system, we can showcase a relevant and appealing print collection that enables student discovery and logical organization. Many shelving units are on wheels allowing for flexible space design. Shelves are used to create interesting seating areas for collaboration and independent study.

We have created open, student-friendly information points and self-check stations. The footprint of the circulation desk has been reduced and increased flexibility.

We look forward to more developments in the next few months as we receive more seating for our libraries and open the new Professional Learning Library. Stay tuned! We welcome your feedback as we seek to continually improve and reimagine the possibilities for ASD Libraries.

New Library Book Bags

All students in K1, K2 and Grade 1 have now received their new ASD Libraries book bag. Each bag is labelled with the student's name and class. Please ensure that students bring the bags to their library class on the library class day in the rotation.
All other students and parents may purchase a bag for AED 30. Please visit the ES Library to get yours today!

24 May 2017

Build-Your-Own Summer Reading Challenge

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Build up your reading strength this summer! Create your own unique challenge by reading a variety of books. Choose from the attached list or design your own challenge entirely! Turn your record into the library by Thursday, September 7. Receive a certificate from Mr. Advento and special recognition at the first ES Assembly.

  • Brilliant Builder: Read 10 books
  • Dynamic Designer: Read 15 books
  • Creative Constructor: Read 25 or more books

Click on the links below to print out your record sheet or to help you make your own creative sheet. We have provided some choices to help you build your challenge. Feel free to make up your own as well. How you construct your summer reading plan is entirely up to you!

Parents are invited to join us for a special Talk Tuesday about summer reading on May 30, 2017 from 8:45 - 9:45 am in the Elementary Library, Ground Floor.

Join Natasha Pollock and Mary Kelly Bello, ASD Librarians, and learn about ASD's e-resources that can be accessed from anywhere over the summer. Help support the reader in your family by participating in the Build-Your-Own Summer Reading Challenge. Also, get a head start and discover who the visiting authors for next year will be in order to read some of their books over the summer.

16 May 2017

K2 Students Inspire New Library Bags

A K2 student's persuasive letter.
Our K2 students care about their environment. They have been discovering how to reduce waste as part of their service learning in their classrooms. After learning about the negative impact plastic can have on the environment, students decided to write letters to the librarians and principals. Student wanted to help make a change. Why not replace our plastic library book bags with longer-lasting, cloth bags?

The librarians got to work designing a library bag. We wanted the bags to be easy to carry, to fit a range of different sized books and to last for a long time to prevent waste. We hope our students will use these bags for many years!

At a K2 assembly, Ms. Strate, Mr. Advento, Ms. Bello, and Ms. Pollock shared how they had read the students' letters. They were very impressed with the students' compassion and desire to take action to make a change to help our environment. The new library bags were revealed! Each K2 student received a bag with a special name tag.

Next year, all students in K1 and K2 will receive a library bag. And, our returning Grade 1 students will continue to use their bags. Any other student or family may purchase a bag for AED 30 from the Elementary Library.

Thank you K2 students and teachers for your initiative in helping to make a positive change and to set an example for all of our elementary school. You voice has made a difference!