Library Closures


  • There will be limited access to the Library last period today while we set up for tomorrow’s OSSLT.
  • The Library will be CLOSED to students before the Literacy Test  before school tomorrow morning, and for the remainder of the day.

Big Screen Film Festival

  • The Library will be CLOSED after school today for the Big Screen Film Festival.
  • Be there!
  • There are still a few tickets left.  They will be on sale in the Foyer at lunch today.

White Pine Spotlight: All the Rage by Courtney Summers

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All the Rage by Courtney Summers

  • I’m never disappointed by Courtney Summers.
  • Another riveting novel taking on challenging issues with no holds barred – in this case rape culture and victim shaming.
  • I did have a little trouble following the timelines – the chronology, back and forth.
  • And while I know where it’s going at the end, I supposed I would have liked a little more “closure”…

Read the review at Quill and Quire.


Learn more about the Forest of Reading here.

Students who would like to join us at the Festival of Trees, at Harbourfront, on Tuesday May 17th should pick up a permission from from Ms. Wray in the Library.

Busy Day Today…

Student Council Easter Egg Hunt

  • The Library will be CLOSED for the last 15 minutes of second period for set-up for the easter egg hunt
  • The Library will be CLOSED during the lunchhour for the easter egg hunt.

Canada Reads 2016: The Final Debates

  • We’ll be streaming the final debate starting at 10am this morning.
  • While everyone should read all of the books – they are all deserving of that – Ms. Wray has all of her fingers and toes crossed for her pick, The Hero’s Walk by Anita Rau Badami.
  • Vinay Virmani has been defending it brilliantly all week, but Clara Hughes just keeps knocking it out of the ballpark in her defense of The Illegal.
  • It’s anybody’s bet as to which book will win!
  • Drop by the Library and get yourself a copy of one of these fabulous books to take home for the long weekend.

Jian Ghomeshi verdict

  • The judge is scheduled to announce his verdict – in the Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault trial – this morning.
  • This is the case which is re-shaping the discourse around sexual violence against women.

ComiCon Steering Committee Meeting

  • Reminder that there is a ComiCon Steering Committee meeting after school today in the Library.

Canada Reads: Phenomenal

Our morning outing to today’s taping of CBC Books flagship programme, Canada Reads – the 2016 version – was PHENOMENAL.

  • We were small in number, but large in our enthusiasm.
  • Teachers, students, parents and friends, we especially enjoyed having TL Pam Evans and some of her literature circle students from Western Tech join us on our adventure.

Even I – who never has her photo taken!!! – allowed myself a photo opp with Vinay Virmani, who is more than capably defending my pick to win, The Hero’s Walk by Anita Rau Badami.




Canada Reads Taping: Wednesday March 23rd

This year’s Battle of the Books has begun!

And…  we have ONE (1) ticket which has come available for tomorrow morning’s taping.  Any member of the ESA Community is invited to join us for this very special field trip.

If you are interested in attending – and can be at the CBC Broadcast Centre at Front and John for 9am tomorrow morning, Wednesday March 23rd – send an e-mail to to claim your spot to join us.

  • You will be contacted later today (Tuesday) to confirm.


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 this week, March 21-24. Gil Deacon is this year’s host.

While you’re at the CBC site, check out their 100 Novels that make you proud to be Canadian.

  • How many have you read?
  • Ms. Wray has read 59 of the 100 books.