Canada Reads Taping: Wednesday March 23rd

This year’s Battle of the Books is on!

Canada Reads 2016 is all about “starting over.” Your five panellists have chosen the Canadian books they feel best represent the trials and tribulations of making a new start in life.

Explore the books – all available from the ESA Library – as you get ready for the debates, which are taking place March 21-24. Wab Kinew is back as host.

Learn more about the books and the panelists here.

Please complete this form if you’d be interested in joining us on a Field Trip to the Canada Reads taping on Wednesday March 23rd, 2016.  You must be able to join us at the CBC building (on Front Street) by 8:15 am the morning of.

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Yann Martel: Tickets Available

The ESA Library has four (4) tickets – two pairs – to give away to hear best selling Canadian author Yann Martel at the Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library on Monday February 1st.

He will be speaking about his new novel The High Mountains of Portugal with journalist Tina Srebotnjak.

Q&A to follow. Books are available for purchase in the Salon courtesy of Indigo beginning at 6pm. Cash or credit.

This event is SOLD OUT!  If you want to go but haven’t got tickets, this is your chance.

Please complete this form to tell us why you should be the one to get a pair of these tickets.

Find the details about the event here.

Library Closure: Effective Tuesday January 26th

Please be advised regarding the following changes to Library Access.

  • The Library will be CLOSED for set-up for exams as of 3:15pm tomorrow Tuesday, January 26th.
  • The Library will be closed for exams EVERYDAY from that time on until we come back to regular classes on February 3rd.

There will be no access to the Library for any reason, except for students who are writing exams in the Library.

If you have Library materials which will be due during the exam break… Please:

  • return them either today or tomorrow; or,
  • renew them.

If you haven’t tried already, you can renew your books yourself (twice) through the new Library catalogue.

  • Go to the ESA Virtual Library
  • Select the Library Catalogue
  • Login just as you would on any networked computer here at school
  • Follow this path: My Account > My Borrowing > Loan
  • Items will appear in order by due date
  • One item at a time, select the box beside the title you wish to renew.
  • Click on Renew.
  • You will be advised of the new due date.

 

 

 

CBC Canada Reads 2016

The shortlist was announced yesterday…

Canada Reads 2016 is all about “starting over.” Your five panellists have chosen the Canadian books they feel best represent the trials and tribulations of making a new start in life. Explore the books below as you get ready for the debates, which are taking place March 21-24. Wab Kinew is back as host.

Meet your 2016 contenders here

Three of the five books are available at the ESA Library…  the other two are on their way.

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The 2016 Shakespeare Selfie writing challenge for students

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Shakespeare took selfies all the time – but instead of a camera, he used a quill. And instead of calling them “selfies,” they were called “soliloquies” or “monologues.” When Shakespearean characters talk to themselves, or talk to the audience? That’s a Shakespeare Selfie.
THE CHALLENGE
Write a modern-day soliloquy or monologue by a Shakespearean character. Your soliloquy should be based on a prominent news, pop culture or current affairs event from the last year (April 2015-April 2016). It can be in iambic pentameter or modern-day language. 
You can write about one of the topics we’ve suggested below, or choose one of your own.

Moratorium Starts Today!

Check out the ESA Library AW School Site for the Top Ten Study Tips and Tricks!

Know that reading is one of the best ways to reduce stress!

Just “six minutes can be enough to reduce stress levels by more than two-thirds”, so drop by the Library, pick up that book you’ve been wanting to read and have it on hand when you need a study break during the exam period.