MacNeill Library Learning Commons

Welcome to MacNeill's Library Learning Commons!


Search the Catalogue: Destiny Discover

  • For books, eBooks and audiobooks in the library

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The library is open for borrowing books! You are welcome to visit in person, or do a catalogue search and email Ms. Mei to hold a book for you.

MacNeill Library Learning Commons - here to help!

As learning transitions to a different platform during this unprecedented time, the library is here to offer support to help you learn and explore. Stay tuned for more!

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September 30th is Orange Shirt Day

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada

Read an amazing book by an Indigenous author!

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Sign out new eBooks and audiobooks in the library catalogue - username: student # | password: last name

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Check out some exciting LGBTQ2 titles at the Library Learning Commons!

AbeBooks recommends 30 essential LGBTQ titles for teens. The library has many of these books and is always acquiring more! How many of the 30 have you read?

Wendy Phillips - Author Visit (March 5th, 2020)

Email: writingwendyp@gmail.com

Twitter: @writingwendy

Blog: www.writingwendy.com

Instagram: @writingwendy


The library hosted former MacNeill Teacher-Librarian and Governor General Award-winning author Wendy Phillips on March 5th. Ms. Phillips inspired us to value the joy and impact of our words and stories by sharing her experiences and writing.

Where's Trogdor?

It's Banned Books Week in the library!

Come to the library, check out a book and celebrate your freedom to read!

May Author Visits and Human Library Series: Marketing & Entrepreneurship

May 14th, 2019

As the unseasonably warm breezes of May wafted sensibilities of summer into the school through open doors and windows last week, our Library Learning Commons was buzzing with activity. So far this month, our LLC was graced with the presence of a beloved former teacher-librarian and local celebrity author. We also hosted two local entrepreneurs as part of a Human Library Series organized by Ms. Lewin for her Marketing & Entrepreneurship class.

Wendy Phillips, a long-time staff member of MacNeill who retired just last year, returned to present book talks following the official launch of her second novel, Baggage, on May 8th at the Richmond Public Library. She shared with us how her love for stories began, how poetry entrances and surprises her, and how other inspirations and events in her life ultimately led to the publication of her books. Her first novel, Fishtailing, was award-winning. Both books are told in verse through the alternating perspectives of relatable characters. Readers from the Lower Mainland (especially our Raven Readers!) will find nuggets of familiarity – locations, names – scattered throughout.

Ever the teacher, Ms. Phillips included a few writing activity breaks for her audience. One task had us imitating the style of the poem, This Is Just to Say, by William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) to confess our own “sorry, not sorry” tales… sneaky snacking, unfinished homework, illicit parking, and spilling spoilers were just a few of our rib-tickling offenses. What is yours?

Can’t think of one?

Don’t discount your experiences. This simple message from Ms. Phillips really packs a punch. Everyone has their own experiences. No one else feels or sees things the exact same way you do. How you choose to use your experiences is what creates a story or poem worth telling.

Guest speakers can provide such enrichment to learning and the human "books" we borrowed this month was no exception. Even though this was not the first event in the Human Library Series, the conversations led by student groups were still deeply meaningful. Through Edward Lewin, a private practice lawyer, and Avril Orloff of Outside the Lines, students continued to discover what it takes to open their own businesses, questioning our visitors about their various trials and successes.

Now, our LLC is looking forward to hosting Danika Dinsmore, another local author, for her "Building Imaginary Worlds" workshop on May 23rd.

Wendy Phillips - Book Talk

Ms. Phillips presenting in the LLC (top) and in the theatre (middle) since our LLC isn't big enough for four English/Humanities classes!

Human Library Series

Guests Edward Lewin (private lawyer) and Avril Orloff (visual facilitator) were our guests for this time in the Human Library Series for Business/Entrepreneurship class

Science World "Scientists and Innovators in Schools" Mentor Visit — Dr. Mindy Brugman

February 7th, 2019 (belated post)

On the otherwise dreary afternoon of Thursday, January 24th, MacNeill’s Library Learning Commons had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Mindy Brugman, a senior research and development meteorologist from the Meteorological Service of Canada, and a mentor with Science World’s “Scientists and Innovators in Schools” program. Continuing in the same vein as Dr. Peter Dodek, who visited us in December, Dr. Brugman conversed about her career in meteorological research to help our students ascertain the type of future they would like pursue.

Punctuating her points with a tumult of meteorological charts and data, Dr. Brugman showed how she applies her wide breadth of expertise in physics, math, climate studies, and statistics to make sense from confusion. Recall the phrase, “knowledge is power”? Many times throughout her career, Dr. Brugman’s interdisciplinary knowledge has helped her determine the optimal solution during unpredictable situations. This can help save lives - prevent a plane from taking off in tempestuous weather, or steer a boat to safe berth, for instance.

In a conversation I had with her after the presentation, Dr. Brugman shared how she was unexpectedly asked to provide guidance on whether evacuation alerts should remain in place for Mexican village in the vicinity of a suddenly active volcano. After analyzing the data provided to her, Dr. Brugman’s decision that day not only helped the villagers stay safe from the volcano, but also enabled them to get potentially life-saving vaccinations. She was in the right place at the right time. Not only that, she had the necessary expertise to back it up.

Dr. Brugman also emphasized the necessity of collaboration, of not being afraid of change, and of "selling one's excellence". By always putting forward one's best self, one is always ready to take on unexpected opportunities. These are the types of life lessons and stories that our students desperately need to hear from people other than their parents and teachers. When it’s us, for whatever reason, our words frequently fall on deaf ears. Having someone from the “real world” relate these messages is truly a valuable experience that should not be underrated.

Thank you to Science World’s educational outreach programs and to Dr. Mindy Brugman!

Science World "Scientists and Innovators in Schools" Mentor Visit — Dr. Peter Dodek

December 13th, 2018

There’s a common theme among those who’ve achieved success and are leaders in their field that might not seem obvious at first, especially to students whose futures seem so unpredictable and intimidating. Burdened with the pressure of needing to know what career path to take in their lives, many students are afraid to make “the wrong choice” about what to pursue in their post-secondary journey.

But what Dr. Peter Dodek, a mentor with Science World’s “Scientists and Innovators in Schools” program, taught us yesterday in MacNeill’s Library Learning Commons, is that one’s education and career path is rarely linear. In fact, his own educational trajectory from a chemistry student to a physician was constantly shaped by inspirational mentors, chance opportunities, and unexpected connections. More importantly, his education was ongoing, continuing even after he started his career.

Many of the students in the audience are interested in pursuing a career in medicine or health science, either as doctors or researchers. Unsurprisingly, a lot of questions focused on the stress of medical school and the possibility of networking in research. Dr. Dodek offered a realistic perspective, yet never strayed from how rewarding his profession was.

In fact, a major component of his presentation emphasized his research into organizational culture, addressing burnout and stress from academic studies or the demands of the work. We learned that how staff feel about their work environment impacts patient care, and in a profession like medicine, the impact could literally mean life or death, not to mention the costly resources required to train these professionals. It was quite a shock to learn that back when his team first conducted the study, the number of deaths associated with medical intervention per day was the equivalent of a 747 plane crashing and claiming the lives of everyone on board.

The MacNeill Library Learning Commons strives to encourage learning and thinking in engaging and alternative contexts; we are very grateful for Dr. Dodek’s perspective and experience, and we are extremely appreciative of Science World’s educational outreach programs.

Celebrate Stan Lee's incredible life! Read a comic book!

Come to the library and borrow a graphic novel today!

Join all the schools in BC in this fun challenge!

Maker Week - Oct. 15th to 18th, 2018

See you in the library!

The 3D Printer has arrived!!!

To 3D print in the library, please click here to find out more information about expectations and resources.

What is a makerspace?

"Making is fundamental to what it means to be human. We must make, create and express ourselves to feel whole. There is something unique about making physical things. These things are like little pieces of us and seem to embody portions of our souls"

Mark Hatch The Maker Movement Manifesto

THE CHALLENGE:

Grades 9 to 12 students: What is one book your entire generation should read? Send us your suggestion and explain, in 100 to 300 words, why this book should be read by teenagers across the country.

THE PRIZE:

Fifteen entries will be randomly selected to receive six copies of each of the Canada Reads 2018 books for their high schools. The books are: The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline, American War by Omar El Akkad, The Boat People by Sharon Bala, Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto and Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson.

DEADLINE:

Submit your entry by midnight EST on Sept. 27, 2018.

ELIGIBILITY:

Participants must be a Canadian resident, enrolled in Grades 9 to 12, when they enter. Entrants must fill out the form below and have the permission of a parent or guardian to enter.

ANY QUESTIONS?

Email cbcbooks@cbc.ca

Welcome back!

While you might not be able to sleep in anymore, you can look forward to the fact that you now have access to an amazing selection of books, board games, puzzles, tech toys, and incoming 3D printer!

We request library users NOT talk on their phones while in the library.