ESA Library Open House: Tuesday June 26th, 9am until 11am

An open invitation to all members of the ESA Community to drop by the Library on Marks Review Day, Tuesday June 26th.

  • The tea will be on… and there may be treats (while supplies last).
  • Remember to BYOM – Bring your own mug!!

Check out our New Arrivals in Books… and sign out some great summer reads!

  • You must be a returning student, and you must have ‘good Library credit‘ to check out books over the summer.

Score yourself some great vintage vinyl – prices reduced to $1 per LP.

  • We’ve put out some great new Broadway Cast Recordings, some new Classical, some new classic female vocalists.
  • There are also some real gems, including the likes of Maria Callas, for premium prices.  Ask about these items at the Circulation Desk

There will also be a selection of (gently) Used Books available…

  • Nothing more than $1.
  • Mass market paperbacks, trade paperbacks and hardcover editions.

We also have some free stuff available… most notably our entire collection of CBC News in Review CD’s.

  • These are now all available online (teacher access only with an education account) and haven’t circulated in a couple of years.
  • If you are interested in these, most likely for an Art Project we would expect, send an e-mail to anytime after you read this posting to claim them.
  • First come first served.
  • You must come in and pick them up on Tuesday morning…

Summer Reads 2018

Tell us what books you think everyone should have on their summer reading list this year.

All members of the ESA School Community are invited to contribute: students, staff, parents and graduates.

All entries will be submitted into our Summer Reads draw.

  • Entries must be received by the end of the school day on Monday June 11th to be eligible for the draw.
  • Entries may be submitted to the basket on the Library Circulation Desk (using the forms conveniently located beside said basket) or by filling out this Google Form.

All book recommendations will be posted on the ESA Library Daily Blog by the end of the school year.

TCAF came to ESA…

With thanks to our friends from The Beguiling for making this opportunity available to us…

Two wonderful workshops with Jen Wang in the morning, and then a lunch get-together before she had to head off to the airport for her flight back to L.A.

Win Free Books for Your Class

Win Free Books For Your Class!

  • CBC Toronto is giving away Canada Reads books!
  • If you’re a high school student in the GTA, all you need to do is put yourself in the shoes of a Canada Reads panellist for a chance to win copies of the 2018 books for you and your classmates.

How To Enter

Send a one-minute pitch about a Canadian book you think everyone should read to Metro Morning or Here & Now for a chance to win.

  • Maybe you loved one of the Canada Reads contenders, or perhaps there’s another title you prefer.
  • Tell us why in 60 seconds or less and your whole class could enjoy some brand new reads, thanks to you.

Who: High school students in the GTA

What: A chance to win copies of the Canada Reads books for you and your classmates

How: By submitting your own one-minute defence for a book of your choosing — Canada Reads style!

  • You can email a recording (audio or video) of your defence to or
  • You can also leave a recording of your defence on the Metro Morning VoxBox by calling 416-205-5807.
  • All submissions will be randomly entered for a chance to win a classroom set of Canada Reads books.

Black History Month Spotlight

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

From the publisher’s website:

  • New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and bodies, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she casts an insightful and critical eye on her childhood, teens, and twenties—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers into the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life.
  • With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and authority that have made her one of the most admired voices of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to be overweight in a time when the bigger you are, the less you are seen. Hunger is a deeply personal memoir from one of our finest writers, and tells a story that hasn’t yet been told but needs to be.  

Read the reviews at:

White Pine Spotlight

The Pain Eaters by Beth Goobie

  • This book needs to be read by everyone – male and female alike.
  • This book is about the knowledge – the deep and profound sadness – that all women carry with(in) them. Whether it be the result of an individual violation – like Maddy’s rape in this book – or a ‘group’ violation – like the Montreal Massacre – every woman carries the fear of this violence inside them.
  • That this is no different than 40 years ago, when I was Maddy’s age, is perhaps the greatest failure of our social contract.  The war on women is a civil emergency (Charlotte Bunch in After the Montreal Massacre) but no one is treating it as such.
  • And then there is the telling – having to relive the experience – to validate what happened to oneself, and to bring the perpetrators to justice. The victim being victimised again… that there is no safe place for Maddy, or any woman.
  • The things to like about this book include: the literary quality (the imagery, concept, motifs, the intensity of the writing (and of Maddy’s experiences)); the authenticity of Maddy’s reactions to her rapists and the depth of her pain; relevance to the treatment of victims; relevance to the secrets everybody knows but doesn’t talk about (taking on a whole new significance in the wake of Harvey Weinstein et al)
  • The author also makes fabulous use of literary and cultural references, and draws on indigenous wisdom throughout.

Read the review at Quill and Quire.



  • Students who would like to join us at the Festival of Trees, at Harbourfront, on Tuesday May 15th should see Ms. Wray or Ms. Kennedy  in the Library.
  • Permission forms will be available closer to the date.

Black History: Spotlight

 Today’s featured title is Steal Away Home: One Woman’s Epic Flight to Freedom – and her Long Road Back to the South.

  • This is the latest work of literary non-fiction from Governor General’s Award winning author Karolyn Smardz Frost.
  • Steal Away Home tells the story of Cecilia Reynolds, who, after escaping slavery as a fifteen year old girl, later returns to her childhood home as a free woman.
  • A vibrant and compelling journey through the Civil War era and Cecilia’s struggle for freedom.