Get Caught Reading

Join the ESA Library as we celebrate Get Caught Reading Month.

Yesterday, Wednesday May 3rd, Antoinetta Gutierrez got caught reading National Book Award nominated Copper Sun by Sharon Draper.   Paul Maiquez-Gamester was also caught reading the Pulitzer Prize winning All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

Antoinetta Gutierrez and Paul Maiquez-Gamester

What will you get caught reading?

  • Check out who got caught reading what in the small Library display case opposite the Main Office.
  • Follow the postings at the ESA Library Daily Blog.
  • Post what you’re reading now on our Padlet wall.  Be sure to include your name.  Everyone who posts will be entered in our draw for great books at the end of the month.
  • This Padlet is password protected.  The password is: getcaught2017

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.

Students writing exams in the Library…

Important information for students writing exams in the Library…

  • Library exams (mostly) start at 8:30am and 12:30pm.
  • Students are expected to confirm start times on their personalised exam schedule.
  • Please arrive to the Library 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled start time so that you have time to get seated and settled and relax before starting your exam.

Students writing in the Library are welcome to – indeed encouraged to – bring a canteen for water.

  • Refills available in the Library.

Feel free to bring a re-usable (hot) mug as well.

  • There will be hot water and tea available for students writing in the Library.

Final Friday Fun Day

Advance reminder…

Join us tomorrow, at lunch in the Library, for Final Friday Fun Day.

  • Reminder that the Library will be a TECH FREE ZONE during the lunchhour tomorrow.
  • Bring your lunch and share in some Festive cheer and Festive activities.
  • Or just come and play your favourite games.

Whatever you do…  do come and join in the fun.

Aboriginal Education Month

This Remembrance Day we recognise Aboriginal Veterans.

National Aboriginal Day is celebrated each year on June 21, while Aboriginal Veterans Day is commemorated on November 8. Canadian Aboriginal Veterans have reason to be proud of their wartime contributions. More than 7,000 Aboriginal peoples served in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War, and an unknown number of Inuit, Métis and non-status Indians also participated. One Aboriginal Veterans group estimates that 12,000 First Nations peoples served in the three wars.  (Veterans Affairs, Canada)

The contributions of Aboriginal Canadians to the war effort in WW1 is briliantly brought to life in Jospeh Boyden’s first novel, Three Day Road.

You might also be intersted in the NFB film Gene Boy Came HomeThis short documentary by celebrated filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin is a portrait of Eugene “Gene Boy” (pronounced Genie Boy) Benedict, from Odanak Indian Reserve (near Montreal, Quebec). At 17, he enlisted in the US Marines and was sent to the frontlines of the Vietnam War. This film is the account of his 2 years of service and his long journey back to Odanak afterwards.