BC Teacher-Librarians' Association

2018 BCTLA Summer Institute

Transformational Storytelling

Sunday, August 26-Monday, August 27
Kamloops, BC

Presented by Kamloops/Thompson Teacher-Librarian Association

Join us Sunday evening, August 26th for local wine tasting and appetizers at the Sandman Signature Hotel.

Monday, explore storytelling strategies, ethnobotany, Secwepemc culture and history at the site of the Kamloops Residential School.


Register with: 2018 BCTLA Summer Institute Registration

The morning sessions may not be suited to those with mobility issues.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the BCTF.  Thank you to the Secwepemc community and local Indigenous peoples who have
helped us by sharing their cultures and supporting us in our learning.

Sunday, August 26th, Sandman Signature Hotel 5-7PM
225 Lorne St, Kamloops

The Sandman Signature Hotel is conveniently located downtown. Stroll shops on Victoria St., swim in the Thompson River, play tennis or pickleball at Riverside Courts or simply relax by the hotel pool. Between 5PM-7PM join us for local wine-tasting and appetizers at the Sandman Signature Hotel, overlooking scenic Riverside Park. Finish the evening by enjoying our city sponsored Music in the Park at Riverside.

Monday, August 27th, Assembly Hall Residential School 8:30-12:25
345 Chief Alex Thomas Way, Kamloops

Welcome Song and Storytelling 9:00
Begin your day immersed in storytelling and poetry with a local Secwepemc storyteller.

Tours from 10:15-12:25

Pow-wow Grounds and Pit House Tour
After your fruit and bannock snack, take a tour of the Pow-Wow grounds and pit-houses. Learn about the uses of local plants by Secwepemc peoples, the historical significance of pit house villages and how Pow-wows provide a spectacular expression of the Secwepemc people’s heritage.

Residential School and Secwepemc Museum Tour
Join Cultural Educator, Sabrina Thomas, on a tour of the Kamloops Residential School and museum. View museum exhibits and gain insights into the lifestyles and culture of the Secwepemc people.

Afternoon Sessions, Henry Grube Education Centre 12:45-4:00
245 Kitchener Crescent, Kamloops

Lunch and Displays 12:45
District Principal of Aboriginal Education, Mike Bowden
Library Coordinator, Andrea Wallin

Storytelling Project
School District #73 Teacher-Librarians will share their collaborative Storytelling Project, focusing on Aboriginal stories and using loose parts and realistic scenes to engage learners.

Pine Needle Art
Participate in a Secwepemc pine needle art activity with a local artisan.

Core Competencies and Aboriginal title lists and displays~ all day (HGEC)
School District No. 73 Teacher-Librarian 2018 curated lists and displays of picture books that support the teaching of the BC Curriculum Core Competencies.

March 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to Spring, in most school districts!  In the northern parts of the province, there is still a significant amount of snow, but the sun is shining! We hope that you enjoy your Spring Break, wherever that may be. Maybe you even get catch up on that ‘To Be Read’ pile of books.
There have been so many great things happening with our association, that we thought it was best to send out an extra newsletter with all of the information and sources for the opportunities and celebrations.
Thank you for being fantastic advocates for BC school libraries, and for committing to your membership of our Provincial Specialist Association.
– Jessica Bonin, BCTLA President

Looking for Session Presenters for the 2018 BCTLA Conference

BCTLA 2018 Conference Session Information Form

The BCTLA is looking for session proposals for our October 19, 2018 conference. The theme of our upcoming conference is Challenge Accepted, and we are focusing on exploring the challenging parts of the teacher-librarian role.

We are looking for teacher-librarians to lead two types of sessions. The first type will be hands-on or concrete sessions with an emphasis on involving participants. A goal of this session should be for participants to leave with something they can use in their library/learning commons right away. These sessions could be:

· hands-on use of robotics, coding, makerspace or other ADST technology

· exploration of websites/databases related to library/learning commons

· sharing of lessons used in the library/learning commons

· specific instruction/tips on the teacher-librarian role – such as collection development, weeding, and event promotion (e.g. DEAR, Freedom to Read), etc.

The second type of session will involve facilitating discussion and action planning around a particularly challenging topic in librarianship. If you are interested in facilitating this type of workshop, we will need the question or questions you are prepared to lead discussions on as well as a very brief description of your expertise in this area.

If you have a session proposal but aren’t sure if it fits into one of the above two categories, please feel free to send us your proposal anyway. We are very interested to hear about anything BC teacher-librarians are studying or doing in their schools.

  • Sessions will be 60 minutes in length.
  • Conference admission and one lunch will be provided to session presenters.
  • In the case of co-presenters, only one conference fee will be covered.
  • Presenters are asked to consider contributing session materials or a link to the materials to enable learning to continue to be shared.
  • Vendor presentations will likely not be accepted.

Please submit your session proposal by April 30th, 2018.

If you have any questions, contact Kristie Oxley at oxleyk@live.com

Apply Now for a BC Elementary School Library Grant

The Sedin Family Foundation is offering a grant for early chapter books.  The google form has been created for applications, and BC Teacher-Librarians are welcome to apply on behalf of their school. Please send out and share with your colleagues.  The link is also on the BCTLA Facebook page @bctlaofficial and Twitter @bctla. Share and retweet. This is a very short timeline, so make sure you apply as soon as possible.

The Sedin Family Foundation is offering a $10,000 donation, split into twenty $500 grants to BC school libraries for the purchase of early chapter books.Books purchased should focus on bridging the gap between picture books and novels in elementary school libraries. These books would be for transitional readers from Grades 2-4, who are beginning to read on their own. Teacher-Librarians that receive this funding will purchase early chapter books.

To apply for this grant, Teacher-Librarians should complete the following grant application and submit it by April 1, 2018.

Successful grant applicants will be notified by May 1, 2018.

The Sedin Family Foundation will be selecting the recipients.
We are appreciative of their donation and the opportunity to collaborate with BC school libraries.
Best of luck to all applicants.


Welcome to the New Website

Here you will find a website for the 21st Century, better visuals and more user-friendly.  Note that advocacy doesn’t have its own heading as it’s under Member Services.  We are optimistic that the restoration of the stripped contract language means that we can finally feature professional development instead.