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Battle of the Books Website

Digital Citizenship and Literacy

2016-2017 Professional Development

Title: Library Assistant Professional Development

Facilitators: Craig Macalister, Linda Hall, Janet Simmons, Andrea Wallin

Date: Sept. 26

Time: 8:30-noon

Location: HGEC

Audience: Library Assistants

Title: Teacher-Librarian Association LSA

Facilitators: Local Teacher-Librarians

Date(s): First Wednesday of every month starting October 5th

Time: 3:30-4:30 Elementary, 4:00-5:00 Secondary

Location: HGEC

Audience: Teacher-Librarians

Description: The Teacher-Librarian Local Specialist Association meets on the first Wednesday of every month to share teaching strategies, reading motivation techniques, resources and inquiry based learning techniques. Guest speakers and special events are coordinated throughout the year to enhance practice. Please contact Nicole Gorman for more information.

Title: BCTLA Conference

Facilitators: Burnaby Teacher-Librarian LSA

Date: October 21st

Time: 8AM-4PM

Location: Byrne Creek Secondary School

Audience: Teacher-Librarians

Description: This annual conference features sessions that interest teacher-librarians and educators from all levels and anyone interested in improving their teaching skills in literacy, research, and technology. Key note: Gwenyth Jones! Registration: http://bctf.ca/bctla/conference/

Title: Special Event, Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.)

Facilitators: School District No. 73 Teacher Librarians and Province-wide TLs

Date: October 24th

Time: 11:00-11:20

Location: All participating schools

Audience: Teacher-Librarians, staff, students

Description: Whereever you are stop what you are doing and just read for pleasure...because the love of reading is a beautiful, valuable, lifelong habit everyone should enjoy!

Title: Digital Literacy and Digital Citizenship--Teacher-Librarian Working Group

Facilitators: Andrea Wallin

Date: Wed. Nov 9th

Time: 8:30-noon

Location: HGEC

Audience: Teacher-Librarians

An opportunity to learn about the digital literacy teaching lessons, pre and post tests the TL Innovation grant group developed last year for Grades 4 and 8 students. We will also build DL and DC lessons for our K-3 students.

Title: The Power of Pleasure and Taking Action

Facilitator: Dr. Jeffrey Wilhem

Date: Dec 5th

Time: 8:30-2:30

Location: HGEC

Audience: Grades 4-8 teachers, Teacher-Librarians

Description: In this workshop, we'll consider the role of motivation and pleasure in promoting all reading, learning, and understanding. Then we will look at inquiry as a model of teaching and learning that promotes motivation, pleasure, and deep understanding. Considering Take Action and Issues 21 books as possible resources, we will consider the importance of both teacher and student collaboration; work to frame different inquiry units; examine lesson level inquiry unit activities; and investigate how inquiry can lead to taking a stand, making an argument, and undertaking social action. Teachers will leave with the start of an inquiry unit outline and many ideas for implementation.

Biography: Jeffrey Wilhelm is Professor of English Education at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. He is a highly regarded author or co-author of 24 books about literacy and literacy education. Jeff has devoted his professional career to helping teachers help their students. He is particularly devoted to assisting students who are considered to be reluctant, struggling or at-risk. His research agenda is organized around creating supportive inquiry-oriented contexts for developing and performing literacy, literate behaviors and literate identities. His research demonstrates how inquiry environments are powerful contexts for learning literacy and achieving deep understanding.

Contact Tricia Persad or Andrea Wallin for more information.

Registration: Flyer and Google form to be distributed through school Pro D representatives.

Title: TD Canada Trust Book Week

Interior Tour coordinated by Andrea Wallin

Date: May 2017

Time: Genevieve Cote

Location: Participating schools and public venues

Audience: Staff and students

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week connects Canadian authors and illustrators with children and teens across Canada. Tour participants speak to their audiences about the pleasures of reading and the delights of Canadian children’s books through their presentations and workshops. Meeting authors, illustrators and storytellers can be a turning point in a child’s life, inspiring a lifelong love of reading.

The readings and workshops that take place during Book Week can open a child’s eyes to the world of literature. These readings and interactions with authors, illustrators and storytellers can excite a child about literacy. Whether a child is interested in writing, drawing or telling stories aloud, Book Week inspires young imaginations, teaches children how wonderful a good book can be and encourages them to tell their own stories.

  • Thirty authors, illustrators and storytellers tour in every province and territory.
  • 28,000 Canadians participate in over 400 readings and workshops throughout the week.
  • Many remote communities that would not otherwise have access to these creative workshops and presentations have the opportunity to have a visit by a leading Canadian author or illustrator.
  • Creators tour outside of their home province or territory, allowing them to connect with new audiences and expand their fan base.
  • Book Week is financially beneficial to Canadian creators who are paid for each reading or presentation that they give, as well as having their meals, accommodations and travel expenses fully covered, and their latest books promoted.
  • The tour provides an opportunity for creators and their publishers to sell their books at participating schools and libraries.
  • The CCBC creates posters, bookmarks and theme guides to helps schools and libraries prepare for and celebrate TD Canadian Children’s Book Week.
  • The theme guide is available to download for free and provides an annotated bibliography, activities and interviews – an excellent resource for celebrating Canadian books before and after Book Week.

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week is organized by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, a national, not-for-profit organization founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing, illustrating and publishing of Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications, and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers.

Title: Digital Database resources--lunch and learn series

Factiliator: Andrea Wallin

Date: Sept-June 2016-2017

Time: Lunch time

Location: Available to all schools

Audience: Staff

Contact Andrea Wallin to set up sessions

Description: Learn how to weave these ERAC approved resources into your inquiry projects: Learn 360, EBSCO, Worldbook Online, Gale, National Geographic and more...

Title: Battle of the Books

Factiliator: Faith Bailey and Teacher-Librarians

Date: Zones: April 13th District: April 20th 2017

Time: 12:30-2:30

Location: Available at participating schools

Audience: Grades 3-7 students, staff and parents


Contact Faith Bailey or Andrea Wallin for event organization, book selection committee and question format; Website: Craig Macalister

Title: Young Authors Conference

Date: May 5th 2017

Time: Full Day

Location: TRU Clock Tower

Audience: Grades 4-12 students

Description: This annual event brings together the best authors in our district to work with professional authors and writers. To enter a student would submit a manuscript of prose or poetry to their school’s selection committee. This committee would select outstanding pieces for entry into the conference. Each year 150-200 students participate in the conference. The Conference Committee reads each manuscript and includes it in an anthology that is distributed to schools. Recent Anthologies are posted on the Young Authors website: sd73.bc.ca/general/content/young-authors

Community Literacy Partnerships

Heap the Honda Book Drive

Join us for the launch at Kamloops Honda on Saturday, January 7th at 10.00 am.

The Family Literacy Committee is pleased to work with Kamloops Honda to challenge the community and local schools to collect gently used and new children’s books. The books will be sorted and distributed to local agencies to share with families. Our hope is for every child to have good quality books at home to read and enjoy. Books will also be used to stock Bright Red Bookshelves at key locations in the city. Books will be given to children at ABC Family Literacy Day on January 31, 2015.

Bright Red Book Bus

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/brightredbookbus

Bright Red Book Shelf

A legacy of the Summer Games 2010, these bookshelves are stocked with free books from the Heap the Honda Chidren's Book Drive. Children can take books home, keep them, return them, or trade them for new books.

You can find a Bright Red Bookshelf at

  • Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops, White Buffalo Aboriginal Health Society & Resource Centre, Downtown YMCA-YWCA, Interior Community Services, Secwepemc Child and Family Services Agency, Kamloops Child Development Centre, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kamloops, Big Little Science Centre, Kamloops Food Bank, Kamloops Immigrant Services, Westsyde Pool, Children's Therapy and Family Centre, ICS Safe House & Youth Coaching Centre, Kamloops YMCA-YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral, Salvation Army Family Centre and Tournament Capital Centre
  • AE Perry, Arthur Hatton, Bert Edwards, Kay Bingham, Marion Schilling, Parkcrest, and Stuart Wood,

Unplug and Play Challenge

Come out and enjoy the many fun, free events and activities hosted by Kamloops community organizations. Our goal is to raise awareness about the importance of family literacy and finding a healthy balance between sedentary screen time and active family time. Date: January 2017

Location: At participating schools

Audience: Elementary and Junior High School students



Title: Why Infographics Rule!

Date: April PD

Location: TBA

Audience: Teacher-librarians

BCTLA Summer Institute Kamloops, August 28th...save the date!