White Pine 2018 Reading Club

Plan to join us at lunch next Monday, December 4th, for the official launch of our 2018 WHITE PINE reading season.

  • Additional details to follow once we’ve launched.

Drop by the Library to sign up in advance… or fill out this online form.

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The Forest of Reading® is Canada’s largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers eight reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. The Forest helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. More than 250,000 readers participate annually from their School and/or Public Library. All Ontarians/Canadians are invited to participate via their local public library, school library, or individually.

Goals of the Forest of Reading

  • Love of reading: Create a meaningful experience for your readers and create exciting opportunities for reluctant readers to create lifelong readers.
  • A proven head start: The results are in! Children who read for fun have higher literacy scores, have more success in science and math, and are more socially and civically engaged (Reading for Joy, P4E, 2011).
  • Libraries at centre stage: With fun activities, prizes and more, the Forest of Reading puts libraries at the heart of the action!
  • Reading Canadian: Help support and celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators by taking advantage of the Forest’s curated, all-Canadian reading lists for all ages and levels.

 

 

 

 

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Visiting Authors: Today @ Lunch in the Library

All members of the ESA Community are invited to join us for lunch this coming Wednesday for a very special Visiting Authors session.

We are delighted to welcome up and coming young Canadian authors Naben Ruthnum and Rudrapriya Rathore to ESA for the morning to work with the Grade 12 Writer’s Craft classes.

  • They will be staying on over the lunchhour to chat with anyone else who would be interested in talking to them.

Naben won the 2013 Journey Prize which “recognizes emerging writers for the best short story first published in a Canadian literary journal.”

Rudrapriya, an ESA graduate with a Masters in Creative Writing, won the 2014 Irving Layton Award for Fiction from Concordia University.  Currently one of the masthead editors at The Puritan, one of the foremost Canadian literary journals, Rudrapriya has had a number of her own pieces published, including:

We are so looking forward to their visit.  Bring your lunch and join us.

International Festival of Authors (IFOA)

I had another lovely night at the IFOA last night with ESA Grad Rudrapriya Rathore… who was on a panel talking about local literary magazine The Puritan, of which she is a mast head editor.

For any of you who are interested…  Rudrapriya will be here at ESA for the morning on November 8th… joining her partner, Naben Ruthnum, who will be here to talk with the EWC classes about his long essay Curry: Eating, Reading and Race, recently released by Coach House Books.

Rudrapriya, who has a Masters in Creative Writing, will be delighted to chat with any of you budding young authors about her experiences and getting yourself out there.

Catching Up: with Don Aker

We had a delightful afternoon here in the Library yesterday afternoon… with another one of ESA’s favourite Visiting Authors…  Don Aker.

Don wanted me to pass along this message to the students who were in attendance:

And please pass along to your students how much I enjoyed presenting to them. What incredibly attentive audiences they were. Once again, they made me wish I taught at ESA.

 

Library Closures

Two closures of note.

Wednesday May 24th: As noted on the announcements on Tuesday morning…

  • The Library will be closed before school on Wednesday for the Staff Appreciation Brunch hosted by Music Theatre and the Show Choir parent group.
  • Thank you in advance for what we’re sure will be a most delicious feast!

Friday May 26th: The Library will be CLOSED all morning.

  • We are looking forward to our final Visiting Author session for this year.
  • We are the ‘winners’ of a free session with TDSB Writer in Residence Jael Richardson.
  • Free visits with TDSB Writers in Residence are one of the benefits of participating in the TDSB Just Read It! programme.
  • Thanks to everyone in the ESA community who submitted book recommendations to Just Read It!… It’s because of you we’re getting this morning of workshops.  Keep submitting!!

Busy Week coming in the Library… Limited access at times

We have a very busy week coming in the Library.  Access to the Library will be restricted to participating students during the following times:

  • Monday April 24th, Period 4: Local Etobicoke Lakeshore MP James Maloney (part of the RepDay programme run by Civix, the same people that bring us Student Vote) will be in to talk to Gr 10 Civics students about how government works.
  • Tuesday April 25th, Periods 5&6: We welcome author, cartoonist, broadcaster (and more!) Kevin Sylvester in for the morning to work with Grade 9 and 10 English classes.
  • Wednesday April 26th, Periods 1&2: We welcome Canadian Poet Moez Surani.  In addition to working with students taking Writer’s Craft, Moez will be working with students in WORD and the Jewish Culture Club to help create an artistic/performance piece in response to the graffiti incident last month.
  • Thursday April 27th, before school and Period 5: All graduating Grade 12’s are invited to join us in the Library – doors open at 8:15am – for the annual Grad Breakfast.  Students who have not already completed the TDSB Grade Exit Survey or voted for Valedictorian will be able to do so at the breakfast.
  • Friday April 28th, Periods 3&4: We welcome local poet, artist and educator Andrea Thompson for a Spoken Word workshop with students from all grades…  our ‘Grand Finale’ to our National Poetry Month events and activities.

Friday April 28th is also Final Friday Fun Day… this month we have some extra special programming coming out way courtesy of PoW.

  • Details to follow on Thursday…
  • Reminder – in advance – that the Library will be tech free for the lunch hour.