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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Vibrant library program, helping build not just academic skills but also cooperation and community within a school.

The association cited a 2011 study of New Jersey school libraries by the Rutgers Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries that found widespread benefits to a vibrant library program, helping build not just academic skills but also cooperation and community within a school.
"The school library is the learning center where people can go and work with a specialist and do things in a cross-content approach," said Massey, the association's former president.

High school project benefits elemenary school library

The Watertown-Mayer Elementary School library and media center has become a popular place for the school's youngest students this year thanks to a project completed last year at the high school by students in an industrial technology class.
Students in Jim Erickson's Advanced Woods class spent time during second semester last year constructing new bins for elementary school's picture books. The bins allow the books to be displayed with the covers facing forward so students can flip through them and identify what they are much easier.
Students in Watertown-Mayer High Schools Advanced Woods class last year constructed these bins for picture books at the Watertown-Mayer Elementary School Media Center.

Students in Watertown-Mayer High Schools Advanced Woods class last year constructed these bins for picture books at the Watertown-Mayer Elementary School Media Center.



Saturday, September 29, 2012

School Library Services Calendar

School Library Service Calendar



·  To circulate books to our students

·  To provide curriculum based resources to teachers

·  To create a safe and welcoming atmosphere

·  To assist with research and educational needs

·  To get our students excited and motivated about reading

·  To offer programs and activities which will energize our students

·  To connect our students with events happening in the community and the world

·  To provide information literacy sessions

·  To facilitate the Accelerated Reading program

·  To provide library skills training as requested


January is Legends month

January 17: Pioneers presentation

January 23: Chinese New Year Celebration

January 26, : Family literacy day Coffeehouse

Families Read Together

January: Caldecott Medal winners announced.

January: Newbery Medal winners announced.



February is Storytelling month

February is I love to Read month

February 1: Digital Learning day (Let's make wordles)

February 2: Groundhog day

February 11: Poet Jane Yolen's birthday

February 15: National Flag of Canada Day

February 26-March 3, 2012: Freedom to Read week

February 21: UNESCO's International Mother Language Day

The majority of the world's population speaks two or more languages, and "mother language" is the one they learnt first. Languages play an important role in the integration process in all aspects of public life but especially education.

Education in many countries of the world takes place in multilingual contexts and so such societies must look towards a philosophy which balances and respects the use of different languages in daily life.

February is Valentine's Love Our Library month

February is International Friendship month IFLA Sister Libraries




March: Magazines, Movies, Mysteries books being made into movies

March is National Noodle month in America

March 3: Dr. Seuss Birthday

Japanese Doll Festival (雛祭り, Hina-matsuri?)

Date: March 3

Other Names: Sangatsu Sekku (3rd month Festival), Momo Sekku (Peach Festival), Joshi no Sekku (Girls' Festival)

Information: This is the day families pray for the happiness and prosperity of their girls and to help ensure that they grow up healthy and beautiful. The celebration takes place both inside the home and at the seashore. Both parts are meant to ward off evil spirits from girls. Young girls put on their best kimonos and visit their friends' homes. Tiered platforms for hina ningyō (hina dolls; a set of dolls representing the emperor, empress, attendants, and musicians in ancient court dress) are set up in the home, and the family celebrates with a special meal of hishimochi (diamond-shaped rice cakes) and shirozake (rice malt with sake).

March 7: Read Aloud Day

March 8: International Women's Day,

March 17: St. Patrick's day

March 20-21, World Storytelling Day (Theme is trees)

This celebration is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling (often the first day of Spring). As many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible, during the same day and night.

March 21: Create Understanding Day

March: Nutritional Literacy Alphabet Soup program

March 24: International Adult Literacy Week

March 26: Poet Robert Frosts birthday

March: Celebrate Spring

March: Holi Indian Festival of Colors



April: Poetry Month

April 1: International Edible Book Festival (April 1st is the birthday of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755 - 1826), famous for his book "Physiologie du goût". )


April: Easter

April 9: Battle of Vimy Ridge anniversary

April: American Association of School Libraries School. Library

April 12: Support Teen Literature Day (YALSA)

Celebrating our school library volunteers

April 22: Earth day

The Hometown Heroes Award Program : is recognizing everyday heroes for their extra-ordinary superpowers in creating greener communities across Canada. Nominations can

March 30, 2012.

be made for individuals, groups and small businesses. Heroes must be nominated by

To apply for the scholarship or nominate yourself, a friend, group or small business from your community for the Hometown Heroes Award Program, please visit

April 23: UNESCOs World Book and Copyright day

April 26: Poem in Your Pocket day

April 30: Children's Book Day (ALSC)

World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe.

A main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. For international information about World Book Day, please click here and here.

April 23rd - May 21st "Read Globally, Act Locally"

(A Global Literacy Project, Inc. Initiative)

Every April/May, the Global Literacy Project mobilizes students, teachers and parents to read stories from around the world. They're then encouraged to use these stories as a way to reflect upon how actions in their local community can lead to positive change at the global level. "Read Globally, Act Locally" global citizenship commendations recognize outstanding students who advocate for the UN's "Education for All" goals by making presentations to community leaders.

These activities often utilize stories written by students and volunteers from our various participating clusters. We encourage schools to invite local political representatives to see and hear about how literacy has the power to connect people from around the planet!

April 2012: School Library Month. The theme is "You Belong @ your library"




May is International Bird Migratory month

May is Comic Book celebration month

May 1: Mother Goose day celebration

May 5: Cinco de mayo Mexican event

May 5: Free comic book day

Japan Children's Day (子供の日, Kodomo-no-hi?)

Date: May 5

Other Names: Iris Festival (菖蒲の節句, Shōbu no Sekku?), Tango Festival (端午の節句, Tango no Sekku?)

Information: May is the month of the Iris Festival. The tall-stemmed Japanese iris is a symbolic flower. Its long, narrow leaves resemble the sharp blades off a sword, and for many centuries it has been the custom to place iris leaves in a boy's bath to give him a martial spirit. Originally May 5 was a festival for boys corresponding to the Doll Festival, for girls, but in 1948 it was renamed Children's Day, and made a national holiday. However, this might be a misnomer; the symbols of courage and strength mainly honor boys. It is customary on this day for families with male children to fly koinobori (carp streamers, a symbol of success) outside the house, display warrior dolls (musha ningyō) inside, and eat chimaki (rice cakes wrapped in cogan grass or bamboo leaves) and kashiwamochi (rice cakes filled with bean paste and wrapped in oak leaves).

May 1: International Labour Day

May 3: Press Freedom Day

May 5-12: TD Canadian Childrens Book Week Celebration

May 1 – 7: Privacy Week

May: Commonwealth Writers' Prize winners announced

May 11: International Bird Migratory Day

May 15: UNs Interantional Family Day

May: Mothers day celebration

May 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

The Day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to "live together" better. People around the world are asked to promote greater awareness of the crucial relationship between culture and development and the important role of information and communication technologies in this relationship.

May 23-24: Puppet Gathering

May 27-June 2: National Access Awareness Week



June 10-16: Senior Citizens' Week

June 8: World Oceans day

June 21: Aboriginal Day celebration

June: Multicultural day celebration

June: Fathers day celebration

June: Canada day celebration

July: Summer Reading program (Theme Fantasy. Imagine)

July: Teen Summer Reading Online

July-August: Collaborative Summer Reading program

Japan Tanabata (七夕?)

Date: July 7

Other Names: The Star Festival

Information: It originated from a Chinese folk legend concerning two stars-the Weaver Star (Vega) and the Cowherd Star (Altair)-who were said to be lovers who could meet only once a year on the\\ 7th night of the 7th month provided it didn't rain and flood the Milky Way. It was named Tanabata after a weaving maiden from a Japanese legend, named Orihime who was believed to make clothes for the gods. People often write wishes and romantic aspirations on long, narrow strips of coloured paper and hang them on bamboo branches along with other smal ornaments.

Japan Lantern Floating (灯篭流し, Tōrō Nagashi?)

Date: 15th or 16 July (August)

Information: The customary practice to mark the end of the Bon Festival. Small paper lanterns containing lit candles are set afloat on rivers or the sea light the way for the ancestral spirits as they depart. Usually a message is written on the outside of the paper lantern.



August 3: Watermelon day

August 9: World Indigenous Peoples day



September: Amazon First Novel Award announced

September: Library Card Sign-up Month (ALA)

September 28-30: Alberta Arts Days

September 1: Daughters day

September 8: UNESCOs International Literacy Day

September 8: Poet Jack Prelutsky's birthday

September 11: Grandparents day

September 13: Roald Dahl day

September 21: Essential Skills day (Reading is an essential skill focus, books distributed, posters and passports distributed to create awareness about Essential Skills)

September 21: International Peace Day

September 23: Word on the Street (National Book and Magazine festival)



October 1-7: Read-in week

October 5: World Teachers day

October 1-26: TaleBlazers (Young Alberta Book Society)

October: School Library month

October 5: Teacher's day celebration

October: Teen Read Week It came from the library



November is Picture book month celebration

Remembrance Day

Media awareness month

Aboriginal history month

Bulling prevention month

National Community Safety and Fire Prevention month
November 3: Author Robert Munsch's birthday

November: Giller Prize winner announced

November: Writer's Trust of Canada awards announced

November: Celebration of Learning

Take Our Kids to Work™ day - which this year is on Wednesday, November 7th

November 12: ALA's National Gaming Day

November 13: Poet Robert Louis Stevenson's birthday

November 13: Diwali Festival of Lights celebration

November 16: Author Barbara Reid's birthday

November 20: Universal Childrens Day
November 17-24: YMCA World Peace week


December: Christmas