BC Teacher-Librarians' Association

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
Click here to download pdf:

 DEAR 2018-English (Light Blue)

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Dear 2018-French (Light Blue)

DEAR 2018- Revised English DEAR 2018- Revised French
Click here to download pdf:

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.

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.