BC Teacher-Librarians' Association

Our September 2018 News is available now

Features include:

  • The President’s Message
  • Update on the BCTLA Conference in October
  • Reviewing the BCTLA Summer Institute
  • DEAR
  • Meeting your BCTLA Executive
  • Contests!

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BCTLA Summer Conference Review

pic 1aOn August 27, 2018 participants from around the province had the opportunity to explore the importance of oral stories and traditions within the Secwepemc culture (PowerPoint Resource link can be found here).  We started our day in the Assembly Hall, where Tk’emlups Councillor Rosanne Casimir welcomed us and shared a welcome song. The administrator of the First Nations Education Council, Judy Dunn, then addressed the group and shared the important history of the space. Kenthen Thomas and Roxane Letterlough immersed guests in the tradition of Aboriginal storytelling by sharing techniques, protocols and connections to family.

pic1Later in the morning, participants toured the Heritage Grounds with Karen Aird and learned more about local plants, ethnobotany, pithouses and Secwepemc culture. Museum Educator, Jackie Jules, took guests through the Secwepemc Museum and the Residential School, sharing the history of the Kamloops Residential School.


pic 3In the afternoon, District Principal of Aboriginal Education, Mike Bowden and Library Coordinator, Andrea Wallin welcomed the group back from lunch. School District #73 Teacher-Librarians Nicole Gorman, Melisa Hunter, Kristin Bond and Rick Rhynolds shared their innovation grant project: Transformational Storytelling with Loose Parts. Participants ended the day by learning how to make pine needle medallions with local artisan, Wendy Leonard.

Such an inspiring day of learning, connecting and reflecting does not happen without the hard work of a dedicated team of educators who were willing to give up countless hours to plan and deliver the experience. The BCTLA would like to thank the Kamloops Teacher-Librarian’s Association for an amazing Summer Institute experience!

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BCTLA October 2018 Conference Registration is open


Our conference link for October 2018 is open!

Register with the BCTLA here: https://bctla.ourconference.ca/ 

The BC Teacher’s Librarian’s Association presents:
Friday, October 19, 2018
Richmond, BC.

Challenge Accepted: Librarianship and Human Rights

Keynote – Dr. Toni Samek

Professor & Chair at the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta

Join us at Richmond Secondary School for a day filed with informative workshops and collegial connections (Lunch included)

You can download our conference poster here:
BC Teacher Librarians
We hope to see you there!

October is Library Month – DEAR is coming!

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October is Library Month

Monday, October 22nd is BC School Library Day.

Share-Celebrate-Advocate. Everyone can participate:

  • Drop Everything and Read! Participate in the BC DEAR challenge.
  • Visit your school library soon!

BCTLA DEAR: Drop Everything and Read

The 2018 Drop Everything and Read Challenge will be held on Monday October 22, 2018!

BCTLA is excited to offer large pdf’s to promote the event. We have offered two choices in English/French. Posters may be downloaded and printed in any way by anyone in any jusrisdiction! However, if you wish to make alterations to the content included on any of the posters, please contact BCTLA regarding the necessary copyright permissions.

Follow DEAR: @bctla_dear on Twitter

Choose from the following selection of files.

To print letter-sized posters: try printing ‘scale to fit’ or ‘fit to page’. For larger posters: try scaling it up to 22 x 34.

Dear 2018- English Dear 2018- French
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 DEAR 2018-English (Light Blue)

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Dear 2018-French (Light Blue)

DEAR 2018- Revised English DEAR 2018- Revised French
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Dear 2018-English

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Dear 2018-French

Congratulations to the Winners of the Sedin Family Foundation Early Chapter Books Grant

The Sedin Family Foundation generously offered a $10,000 donation, split into twenty $500 grants to BC school libraries for the purchase of early chapter books.  Due to the large number of applications, they amazingly decided to donate an additional $5,000, so that another 10 school libraries could also receive these funds.  Books purchased with these grants will focus on bridging the gap between picture books and novels in elementary school libraries.