2017 ESA Student Poetry Contest

And the winners are:

Each of these students will receive a copy of the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology, as well as a print edition of this year’s edition of the ESsays Creative Writing Blog, Letters Vol III.

Library Circulation: CLOSED!

As you’ve been hearing on the announcements for the last two weeks…  Library Circulation is closed as of today.

ALL Library items are due back.  Late fines apply to all overdue items – past and present.

  • The ONLY exception is Grade 9 and 10 Reading Circle books with extended due dates.

Get ahead of the curve.  Bring your books back today, or Monday at the latest.

We have already been making calls home to Grade 11 and 12 students. We will begin calling everyone next Tuesday.

Library Closures

Two closures of note.

Wednesday May 24th: As noted on the announcements on Tuesday morning…

  • The Library will be closed before school on Wednesday for the Staff Appreciation Brunch hosted by Music Theatre and the Show Choir parent group.
  • Thank you in advance for what we’re sure will be a most delicious feast!

Friday May 26th: The Library will be CLOSED all morning.

  • We are looking forward to our final Visiting Author session for this year.
  • We are the ‘winners’ of a free session with TDSB Writer in Residence Jael Richardson.
  • Free visits with TDSB Writers in Residence are one of the benefits of participating in the TDSB Just Read It! programme.
  • Thanks to everyone in the ESA community who submitted book recommendations to Just Read It!… It’s because of you we’re getting this morning of workshops.  Keep submitting!!

Library Circulation Closing June 2nd: Bring It Back!

Further to the daily announcements and the postings around the school…

Library circulation closes on June 2nd.

  • All items on loan are due back by no later than that date.
  • Any new loans are also due back on June 2nd, regardless of what the circulation period should be (i.e. 3 weeks for general materials).

We have been ‘chasing’ Grade 12 students these last two weeks… including starting to make phone calls home.

  • Reminder that all students with overdue items receive a weekly overdue notice to their TDSB student e-mail address.
  • Additionally your HF teacher receives a notification each week and – hopefully – reminds you to ‘Bring It Back!’
  • You can also check – and manage – your Library loans yourself by logging on at the ESA Virtual Library Catalogue.
  • Avoid that dreaded phone call home by returning your materials and settling up any late fines… (we make deals on fines!!  Ask us!)

Summer circulation – for return the first day back to school in September – takes place the last week of June – after exams.

  • Students and Staff may borrow books over the summer.
  • Check out the ESA Library Pinterest page to peruse the new titles you might want to take home to read this summer.
  • Remember to check the ESA Library catalogue for all titles available.


Get Caught Reading

Join the ESA Library as we celebrate Get Caught Reading Month.

On Monday May 15th, Hannah Mark got caught reading The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom.

Hannah Mark

  • The book, a memoir, relays her story of life in the Ravensbruck Concentration Camp and he work as an amdassador for Holocaust survivors.
  • The book was made into a feature film in 1975, starring Julie Harris.
  • Learn more at the Ten Boom Museum website.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending the day at Harbourfront for the Ontario Library Association’s annual celebration of reading, The Festival of Trees, with a number of ESA students.

Watch for another ESA Get Caught Reading posting later today.

What will you get caught reading?

  • Check out who got caught reading what in the small Library display case opposite the Main Office.
  • Follow the postings at the ESA Library Daily Blog.
  • Post what you’re reading now on our Padlet wall.  Be sure to include your name.  Everyone who posts will be entered in our draw for great books at the end of the month.
  • This Padlet is password protected.  The password is: getcaught2017