The holidays are approaching, but one thing that has already arrived is the cold of winter. So to celebrate both, Coutts has set up a Mitten Tree; come decorate our tree with any new or gently used mittens [though toques and scarves are welcome too] by December 18th, and all items will be donated to the Youth Emergency Shelter.
You can also enter a draw to win The Mitten by Jan Brett by filling out a form at the Coutts Library Service Desk.
Jessica Thorlakson, Public Services Librarian Intern at Coutts, will be speaking to EDU 210 students this evening regarding the Library’s multimedia resources.
Some of the resources she is going to talk about include:
The Faculty of Education presents: “Feature (re)presentation: Exploring Culture Through Film,” a series of four free movie nights in which films about different cultures will be presented. Snacks will also be provided [for free!].
The films include:
When: November 28th, 2013
Where: Ed.North 2-115
When: February 27th, 2014
Where: Ed.South 129
When: January 30th, 2014
Where: Ed.South 129
When: March 27th, 2014
Where: Ed. South 129
Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to watch these amazing movies [for free] and talk about them with your peers.
Congratulations to author Dustin Milligan and illustrator Meredith Luce for The first flock: Certain rights based on aboriginal heritage, as it is being included in the Fall 2013 issue of The Best Books for Kids & Teens (published by The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC)).
You can find this book in Coutts’ curriculum materials or on the main floor in our CCBC collection [though please note that CCBC resources cannot be taken out of the library].
Witches, goblins, and zombies: Halloween is quickly upon us! Coutts library has a robust collection of Halloween themed children’s books for your reading pleasure. Pumpkin- carving fun could be coupled with some fun and spooky [though not too spooky] stories!
Try searching “Halloween — Juvenile fiction” as a keyword in our library catalogue to find some of them, or see below:
October 7-11th was Read-In Week, an annual event promoting the importance of reading and of lifelong literacy. This year’s theme was “READ You will go far!”. On October 9th, two classes of the Child Study Centre’s Junior Kindergarten students visited the Coutts Library. They enjoyed listening to library staff read the following Big Books aloud and also had a chance to visit with some puppets!
- If You Give a Pig a Pancake, by Laura Numeroff
- Where’s my Teddy?, by Jez Alborough
- Cows in the Kitchen, by Arlie Anderson (illus.)
- Mrs. Honey’s Hat, by Pam Adams
The Summer 2013 issue of Canadian Children’s BookNews has an interesting article on how children’s writers and publishers choose an illustrator to create images for their work. It is a challenge! Some of it may surprise you.
As well, there is a piece on illustrator Georgia Graham who lives in Lacombe, Alberta and has created stunning visual imagery for many titles including Where Wild Horses Run, previously reviewed in the Deakin Review of Children’s Literature and available in the University of Alberta’s Library Collection.
Happy Read In Week! It’s not too late to celebrate it!
Read In Week (Oct. 7-11) is an initiative that started when a few important groups (Edmonton Catholic Schools, Edmonton Public Schools and Norquest (then) AVC) came together in the 1990s after UNESO declared it The Year of Literacy. Their mandate was simple: to celebrate and promote reading and literacy in Edmonton. Today Read In Week is supported by many institutions: Centre for Family Literacy, Concordia University College of Alberta, Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord, Edmonton Catholic School District, Edmonton Public Schools, Grant MacEwan University, The King’s University College and the University of Alberta. Its message remains the same—promoting the importance of reading and reminding ourselves of the joy that reading can bring.
Coutts Library has supported Read In Week by inviting a few young readers into the library to read some titles from our Big Books collection. So check back soon to see how Read In Week went at Coutts!
For more information on Read In Week, see www.readin.ca