Toronto Public Library Cards

All ESA students are eligible for, and strongly encouraged to have, a Toronto Public Library (TPL) card.

Any student in Grades 10 – 12 who need a valid TPL Library Card should see Ms. Kennedy in the Library to fill out an application form. Alternatively, students can download this TPL Application Form and return it to the Library. Applications for TPL cards must be returned to the Library by no later than Wednesday, September 26th for processing.

Note: Grade 9 students will fill this form out in the Grade 9 Library Orientation Sessions.

Please bring back any outstanding library books next week.


Today in the Library

The wonderful folks from the IBBY Book Project at the Toronto Public Library will be here after lunch to work with the students in the Grade 9 Visual Arts Elective course.

  • IBBY books are special books designed for young people with disabilities.
  • A fundamental goal of the IBBY Book Project is to: give children everywhere access to books with high literary and artistic standards, including young people with disabilities.
  • While IBBY Books come in a variety of formats, today we will be focusing on working with tactile books.

While the Library will not be closed, students on spare are asked to contain themselves to the upper level of the library while the session is taking place.


The Toronto Star Short Story Contest

From the online edition of the paper…

  • This year’s contest runs until 5 p.m. on Feb. 28.
  • The winner will receive $5,000 and a creative writing course from The Humber School for Writers.
  • The second-place winner will take home a $2,000 prize, while third place will be awarded $1,000.
  • The winner can choose a 30-week creative writing correspondence program, valued at $3,000, at Humber, or a week-long summer workshop, worth $1,000, at the college’s Lakeshore campus in Toronto.
  • Stories can be about any topic the entrant chooses, as long as it’s original, unpublished, and amounts to less than 2,500 words. Entries are limited to one per person.
  • Submissions will be judged by a panel of the Humber School for Writers and narrowed down to a short list. The three winners will then be selected from that list by city librarian Vickery Bowles, award-winning author and journalist Kamal Al-Solaylee, Toronto Star books editor Deborah Dundas, and the Star’s former theatre critic Richard Ouzounian.

FULL DETAILS available here. 

  • You must be 16 years old to enter.
  • If you’re not 16 this year, plan ahead for next year or the year after.

The List!

Drop by the Library and pick up your personal copy of the Toronto Public Library booklet ‘The List”…  Great Reads for Youth.

I’m delighted to day that we have many of the recommended titles her in the Library at ESA…  just saying…

Find lots more great reads and reading ideas at TPL Teen Reads.

Toronto Public Library: Lest We Forget

Monday Oct 23rd to Wed Oct 25th

  • Library CLOSED all periods except Grade 10 Major (Per 2 and Per 6)
  • Laura Freeman, Toronto Public Library Outreach Librarian, will be with us for Lest We Forget… an opportunity for ALL Grade 10 History students to engage with Primary Source materials belonging to soldiers who fought in WWI
  • Refer to the attached schedule of classes.

Join us before school, at lunch and after school for regular hours and operations.

Lest We Forget Schedule

Toronto Public Library Card Blitz

All ESA students are eligible for, and strongly encouraged to have, a Toronto Public Library (TPL) card.

  • The TDSB no longer provides access to databases and other resources which are otherwise available through the Toronto Public Library.
  • Other public library systems – i.e. Mississauga, or Halton – may not provide access to some databases which you might be required to access for school purposes.

The ESA Library officially begins a card blitz on Monday, September 11th, when the Grade 9’s began their Orientation Sessions.

  • All Grade 9 students will have had the opportunity to complete a TPL Library Card application form (as necessary) by the time they are finished their Orientation Sessions.
  • Grade 9’s should please wait to complete the TPL Library card application form when they come to the Library for their Orientation Session.

Any student in Grades 10 – 12 who does not have a current and valid TPL Library Card should see Ms. Wray in the Library at lunchtime (or before or after school) to fill out an application form.

Applications for TPL cards must be returned to the Library by no later than Wednesday September 27th for processing.