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.


Advance Notice!!

LIBRARY CLOSURES next week…  Please be advised that the Library will be CLOSED all day, except for the Gr 10 Major period (2/6) on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week for Toronto Public Library workshops.

  • We are hosting the Lest We Forget collection for three days.
  • All Grade 10 History students will get the opportunity to work with primary source materials from Canadian soldiers who fought in WW1.

Any Staff who are on Prep during these periods are welcome to drop by and share in the experience.

Movin’ On Up

Today is the day!  Welcome to all of our incoming Grade 9 students and parents.

We’re looking forward to meeting you in the Library in just a little while. For your (later) reference, here are links to the presentations shared during each of the student and parent sessions.

  • Parents were provided with copies of both the TDSB Virtual Library Learnmark and the ESA Bookmark during their session.

If you were unable to attend, or have any (further) questions, please don’t hesitate to send an e-mail to enid.wray <at>

Toronto Public Library Teens: Win Free Books!

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Write a review…  Win a free book!

Send a review of a book, movie, concert, anime, video game, tv show, song or band and we’ll post it! And, as long as you can get to a Toronto Public Library branch, we’ll thank you for your time by sending you a book. (Send us your first name, age and the library branch nearest to you so we can send the book there for you to pick up.) We’ll give you a book for every review you send, to a limit of five. If you want to send us more than five reviews, please do! We want to hear what you have to say.

Find all the details here.

Clara Hughes at the Bluma Appel Salon: Tickets Available!

The ESA Library has six (6) tickets – three pairs – to give away to see Olympian Clara Hughes,who will be presenting this year’s 10th Annual June Callwood Lecture.

Ms. Hughes is Bell Canada’s national spokesperson for the ‘Let’s Talk’ campaign, and the author of Open Heart, Open Mind.  Clara also successfully defended Lawrence Hill’s most recent novel, The Illegal, in this year’s Canada Reads contest (where she wowed this avid reader!).

Ms. Hughes will share her past struggles with depression – and the work she does to help break down the stigma associated with mental illness – at the Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library on Wednesday May 25th.

Q&A, as well as a book signing, to follow the lecture.

While this event is free to attend, donations are welcome and will be shared equally between Toronto Public Library Foundation and Jessie’s: The June Callwood Centre for Young Women.

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 at this link.

You will be contacted by the end of day Tuesday and e-mailed your tickets in PDF format.

April is… National Poetry Month

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Celebrate National Poetry Month with the ESA Library and our Poem of the Day every school day through April.

The theme this year is “The Road.”

In keeping with this theme, our first featured Poem of the Day is the Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman.  American poet, essayist, and journalist, Walt Whitman was a part of the transition from transcendentalism and realism. He remains one of the most influential poets in American history.

  • Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
    Healthy, free, the world before me,
    The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.
Read the full poem at The Poetry Foundation website.