Free Comic Book Day: Saturday May 6th

Free Comic Book Day is right around the corner… as is TCAF – the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

To celebrate, the ESA Library is holding a contest… and three lucky winners will walk away with a Free Comic Book on Friday May 5th.

The grand prize is an Uncorrected Proof copy of Jeff Lemire’s just released Roughnecks… complete with a personal dedication (to the ESA Library) and a quick sketch of the author, drawn by the author himself, when he signed the book for me (Ms. Wray) at my Library Conference earlier this year.

This contest is ONLY open to students (sorry Staff, Parents and Grads… not this time around).


National Poetry Month

SADLY…  I had this post all ready to go but apparently forgot to hit the ‘Publish’ button…  Here it is…  Better late than never!


April is National Poetry Month. This year’s theme is ‘Time’…  Join us, every school day throughout the month of April, for a feature poem on the theme.

Sadly, this then is our last poem, to share this month…  Join us next year for another month of celebrating poetry.  Or, choose to celebrate poetry in your life on a daily basis.

Please do also check both the physical display in the ESA Library, and the ESA Library Pinterest Poetry page, to see the latest additions to our poetry collection.

Our poem of the day for today is: Chinese Chimes: Nine Detours of the Yellow River by Canadian poet Changming Yuan.

you are unaware of your obscure sources

but you are explicitly sure of the vast sea

as your final destination

you always frown with your brownish wrinkles

but you prefer a nonprofessional smile on your face

your only luggage of life

all your teeth have been lost or pulled out

but you keep licking the muddy banks with your heart

despite your dreams forged

your song is no more than a foam of silence

but you struggle hard to remain afloat on the sea of noise

beyond the borderline of heaven

your love for the loess plateau often overturns and overflows

but you have never flooded the valley of the dragon’s mind

since confucius’s times

your course ahead is crowded with holes and crevices

but you will deliver your promises to every unevenness

instead of promising the deliveries only

you occupy an enormously tiny place of the world

but you feed all the hopes and wishes of those

with thirsty mouths stranded ashore

you flow down from the sky created by yourself

but you hope to avoid falling on the broken floor

of your own church

you may be tortured or burned to steam

but you will eventually find your impossible way

to the sea of blue sky

Changming Yuan, eight-time Pushcart Prize nominee, grew up in rural China and currently tutors in Vancouver, where he co-publishes Poetry Pacific with his son Allen Qing Yuan.  With a PhD in English from the University of Saskatchewan, he has been published in literary journals and anthologies across 28 countries.

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. This year’s theme is ‘Time’…  Join us, every school day throughout the month of April, for a feature poem on the theme.

Our poem of the day for today is: Hall of Mirrors by American poet Ted Berrigan.

We miss something now
as we think about it
Let’s see: eat, sleep & dream, read
A good book, by Robert Stone
Be alone

Knew of it first
in New York City. Couldn’t find it
in Ann Arbor, though
I like it here
Had to go back to New York
Found it on the Upper West Side

I can’t live with you
But you live
here in my heart
You keep me alive and alert
aware of something missing
going on

I woke up today just in time
to introduce a poet
then to hear him read his rhymes
so unlike mine        & not bad
as I’d thought another time

no breakfast, so no feeling fine.

Then I couldn’t find the party, afterwards
then I did
then I talked with you.

Now it’s back
& a good thing for us
It’s letting us be wise, that’s why
it’s being left up in the air
You can see it, there
as you look, in your eyes

Now it’s yours & now it’s yours & mine.
We’ll have another look, another time.

Ted Berrigan.  Born in Rhode Island, Ted Berrigan is considered a major figure of the “second generation” of the New York School of poetry. His work is conversational and expansive, and he often collaborated with other New York poets such as Ron Padgett, Joe Brainard, and Anne Waldman.

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. This year’s theme is ‘Time’…  Join us, every school day throughout the month of April, for a feature poem on the theme.

Our poem of the day for today is: Song by English poet Edmund Waller.

“Go, lovely rose!
Tell her that wastes her time and me,
That now she knows,
When I resemble her to thee
How sweet and fair she seems to be.

Tell her that’s young,
And shuns to have her graces spied,
That hadst thou sprung
In deserts, where no men abide,
Thou must have uncommended died.

Small is the worth
Of beauty from the light retired;
Bid her come forth,
Suffer herself to be desired,
And not blush so to be admired.

Then die! that she
The common fate of all things rare
May read in thee;
How small a part of time they share
That are so wondrous sweet and fair!

Edmund Waller, like many other English poets of his day, was swept up in the political turmoil of the English Civil War. In the 1640s, he was arrested, nearly executed, and then banished from England for a number of years before he was able to safely return. Ideologically adaptable, Waller wrote poems praising both Cromwell and King Charles II.

Festival of Trees @ Harbourfront: Tuesday May 16th

There are a few tickets still available to take part on the field trip to Harbourfront for the Ontario Library Association Festival of Trees.

The Festival of Trees is Canada’s equivalent of a rock concert for young readers!

  • Spend the day with your friends and your favourite Canadian YA authors.
  • Enjoy everything there is to experience on a lovely spring day on the Toronto waterfront.

The initial schedule is available at the Festival of Trees (Toronto) webpage.

  • Keep checking back as additional authors and events keep getting added right up until the day of.

Permission forms are available, in hard copy, from Ms. Wray in the Library.

OR… you may access electronic copies using these links:

Remaining tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.

Festival of Trees @ Harbourfront: Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to help with the official White Pine ceremony @ 10:00am on Tuesday May 16th.

Volunteers are needed to help out as each of presenters, sign holders and awards announcers.
  • Presenters only need to prepare a very short one minute introduction to their author.
  • Sign holders have to hold a sign to shepherd their author onto the stage, and then stand behind the author holding the sign up during the ceremony.
  • Awards announcers do not need to prepare anything, they only need to each open an envelope and read the card inside, one for the list of finalists and one for the winner.
Any students who are interested in volunteering should contact Ms. Wray ASAP.
  • Community service hours are available.

Network Password Resets

It’s that time.  If you haven’t changed your password since the new protocols came into play last November… you’re bumping up against the best before date!

  • All student passwords are now good for 6 months… and many of your passwords are expiring right now!

Having trouble connecting to the TDSB WIFI?  Probably a password issue.

  • If you haven’t logged on for a little while, try to logon to a school networked computer – i.e. Library computer – and see what message you get.
  • If you’re lucky you’ll be prompted to change your password.  If so, do so…  but mind the new criteria (see below).
  • If you get a ‘Username and password are incorrect’ message, then you need a password reset.
  • REMEMBER to only try to logon no more than three (3) times, else you run the very real risk of getting ‘locked out’ of your account… then you’ll have to wait half an hour to try again.

NEW CRITERIA for TDSB passwords…

Both the default ‘Secret Shared’ password and the requirements for your new password have changed.

  • Refer to the instructions in either the .jpg or .pdf file attached to this posting.

You will find copies of this file posted on bright orange paper near computer stations throughout the school tomorrow.

  • We strongly recommend that you save this information somewhere handy – although you can always pick up a small password reset stub at the Library Circulation Desk anytime you need one.

We also strongly recommend that you set yourself a calendar alert for 6 months time, with a 2 week notification.

  • Then two weeks before your password expires your phone will start reminding you to change your password.
  • When you change your password, change your calendar alert for another 6 months into the future so it will remind you again when it is due to be changed.

Reset Stub LARGE

Reset Stub LARGE