NEW on OVERDRIVE! Books about the Winter Olympics

Who is loving watching the Winter Olympics!? They have been on a lot at my house and my kids have been eagerly graphing all the countries’ medals this week.  Michelle Johnson posted some awesome links to Olympic activities in February’s newsletter and on that same note – I wanted to share the new books we have available in our digital OverDrive library!
Have you been to TLA’s OverDrive digital library yet?  You can access OverDrive easily from the main single sign-on page in The Hub where you access all of TLA’s online resources.  Look for the OverDrive icon under the Links heading.
You can read these books right from your computer – no need to download an app or use a tablet of some kind.  If you have a phone or tablet and want to use it, the OverDrive app is free.  
Please “return” the book when you are finished reading it so that others can have a chance to read it before the end of the Olympics too! 
Here are some of our new Olympics books : search “Olympics” in OverDrive to see them all on one page.  
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G is for Gold Medal : From the first games held in ancient Greece to the cultural extravaganzas of recent years, there have been some incredible and amazing events and milestones in the world of Olympic sports. Now in G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet, writer Brad Herzog showcases those athletes and events that not only set sports records but also impacted history and world views. Learn the meaning behind the five interlocking rings featured on the Olympic flag. Cheer on American Jim Thorpe as he won the pentathlon and decathlon at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden, only to lose his medals later. Read how the man dubbed as the “world’s laziest high jumper” won the gold in 1968 and later had a jump named after him. All these moments and more are brought to life in G is for Gold Medal.
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High-Tech Olympics focuses on the new technologies used in sport today and how they are being used to help train world-class athletes. It also includes diagrams to illustrate how technology has been used to develop state-of-the art sports equipment and an Olympic records table to show how Oylmpic records have changed and some technological reasons why these may have changed.
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The World of Olympics looks at the Olympics from a worldwide perspective. It covers nations across the globe that come together to compete, as well as past hosts of The Olympic Games, and the motto and symbols that embrace the Olympic spirit. It also includes Fact File fact boxes, a full list of Modern Olympic and Winter Olympic hosts, and medal tallies of best-performing Olympic nations through history.
Read about a variety of winter Olympic sports with these titles: 
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Fiction novels about the Olympics: 
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Olympic Dream by Matt Christopher
Anticipating a boring summer before meeting energetic cycling enthusiast Red Roberts, Dough Cannon helps out with the construction of a new bike path and overcomes his personal demons in order to become a young athlete.  
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Hour of the Olympics by Mary Pope Osburne
No girls allowed at the Olympic Games! That’s the rule when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to ancient Greece. But when Annie tells jack to go to the games without her, he knows she’s up to something. Will Annie find a way to see the games? Or will she get herself—and Jack—into Olympic-size trouble? Find out in Hour of the Olympics.
Interested in more titles relating to the history of the Olympics or biographies of Olympians?  Email me ( to let me know!

Book Reviews by TLA students

Happy New Year!  I was excited to receive some submissions for my Book Review this January and a big thank you to everyone who participated!  Each submission received a FREE BOOK PICK from the Scholastic Reading Club Flyers.  Here’s one of the book review submissions from TLA student, Regina Pelletier :

The Story of a Bookworm by Regina Pelletier

          Wonderland Creek, by Lynn Austin, is set during the Great Depression, featuring twenty-two year old Alice Grace Ripley, who travels far from her home in Illinois down to the beautiful mountains of Kentucky, to find a purpose in life while growing stronger in her relationship with God. When I read Wonderland Creek, it astonished me because at the beginning, the heroine’s life was so like my own. I could identify with the very first line “If my life were a book, no one would read it.” This book was absolutely impossible to put down! Mrs. Austin is the author of over twenty historical fiction books, written for boys and girls in their late teens, and all her stories have a good Christian theme. For instance, in every book she reminds her readers that God is always there for us, no matter what. Alice discovers this in Wonderland Creek, as she struggles to understand God’s ultimate plan for her life. This book is perfect for curling up in a chair on a rainy day. My only regret on finishing Wonderland Creek is that it does not have a sequel. With many simple, original characters, this book will leave you wanting more of Lynn Austin’s delightful repertoire.

And speaking of Scholastic Reading Club flyers, did you know that you can order from Scholastic online now?  This makes it so easy to order from the flyers that are all accessible online through your personal Scholastic account.  Parents should go to Scholastic Reading Clubs , choose “First Time Here? Parents”, then search for our school via our postal code : V3S 7X1 .   Our school name will pop up and I’m the only teacher listed : Rebecca Shulba.  Now you can peruse the flyers by clicking “Shop Flyers”.  My favourite way to do this is by choosing the age group I want to see but then pressing “Download student flyer” because I like to page through them instead of just looking at a black and white list of books!
If you order from Scholastic, your order comes to me and I send all the orders in together at the end of every month.  Your books get shipped to me at TLA because but if you’re from somewhere other than the Lower Mainland, you can connect with me via email about paying a fee of approx. $15 for shipping them to you directly.  (Please note : families cannot use their consumable grant for their Scholastic orders.)

Student Book Reviews Wanted!

If your child reads a book over the Christmas holidays, have them write a review to submit to the library in January to earn a prize!  

You’ll want to note that a book review is different than a book report!  A book report is simpler than a review because in a report, the student would usually focus on the plot often to demonstrate that they have read the book!.  A book review is mostly about your reaction and thoughts about the book and helps readers decide if they want to read that book.  Here’s a great article with guiding questions for your younger child’s review. Or here’s a more in-depth description and aid for an older student writing a book review.  

Submissions to the library should be dropped off in person at TLA Hawthorne or emailed to between Jan 8 – 31.  Mrs. Shulba will be posting book reviews on her blog on the TLA website starting in January.  The prize for submitting a proper book review (not report) is a coupon for a free book of their choice through Scholastic Book Clubs (for the first 30 students)!  

I can’t wait to hear your recommendations!  Have a Merry Christmas and I hope you get to enjoy a good book over the Christmas holidays!

Mrs. Shulba

TLA Teacher Librarian

***If you haven’t checked out our new OverDrive digital library yet, Christmas holidays are a great time to digitally borrow a book to read!  You can borrow up to three books at a time.  However, because we shut down our systems for the holidays, OverDrive will not be accessible after Dec 22 so be sure to download your books before then!  There’s lots of great books for adults as well as students!

Check out our OverDrive Library!

Enjoy eBooks and Audio books Anytime, Anywhere

Have you checked out TLA’s NEW ebook library?


TLA is very excited to offer you a large variety of eBooks and digital audiobooks available 24/7 from the library’s digital collection!  

You can access OverDrive easily from the main single sign-on page in The Hub where you access all of TLA’s online resources.  Look for the OverDrive icon under the Links heading.

You can also go to : where it will ask you to type in your TLA username and password.

You don’t need an ereader!  You can access books on OverDrive RIGHT from your computer!  Also, download the FREE OverDrive app on you tablet, iPad, iPhone, etc. and get reading books within minutes!  Need help with this?  Email our librarian, Rebecca Shulba, at and she can walk you through it.  


With hundreds of popular titles to choose from, this new collection is guaranteed to have something for everyone. You can enjoy best-sellers and classic literature, stories for kids and teens, and much more anytime, anywhere.  Watch for upcoming announcements on new OverDrive content, units to go with our ebooks, and contests on the Library Commons blog.

Coming in Fall 2017 : Little Bits drop-in times at the library

I’m very excited to be planning a number of new drop-in events that will be happening throughout the year at the Library Commons here at Hawhorne!

One regular drop-in time will be for gr.3 – 9 students to use Little Bits.  Imagine a set of electronics as easy to play with as Legos. Have you seen these amazing electronic building blocks!?

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“TED Fellow Ayah Bdeir introduces littleBits, a set of simple, interchangeable blocks that make programming as simple and important a part of creativity as snapping blocks together.” :

See them in action:

We will be having drop in times a couple times a month for students to come in and work with these Little Bits blocks to invent and learn more about how circuits work.  Who’s excited?!

Childhood Regained by Jodie Renner


We have a new anthology of short stories in the library just in time for planning for the 2017/18 school year!

According to Jodie Renner’s website, “CHILDHOOD REGAINED – Stories of Hope for Asian Child Workers, SCHOOL EDITION is a perfect ready-made resource for
your unit on world issues and global awareness. The package has all you’ll need – stories, comprehension questions and answers, student activities, factual information, glossary, related ministry expectations, and more. This collection of compelling stories about child labourers in South Asia makes an excellent additional resource for Grades 4 to 10 Social Studies programs, to complete expectations revolving around human rights and global issues that need our attention.

These eye-opening but hopeful stories and a poem bring to life some of the situations faced by millions of young children working long hours with little or no pay in factories, mines, quarries, and commercial farms in Asia.

These captivating fictional stories have been researched and written by talented authors around the world and organized and edited by a former middle-grade teacher and teacher-librarian. Told through the voices of Asian child workers in various situations, they are the perfect medium to engage your students and help them gain awareness of the situations of many of their peers across the globe.”

In the TLA library, we have the main book with ALL the stories but we also have the Student Edition for grades 4 – 6 and the Student Edition for grades 6 – 8 where the stories are seperated into grade-appropriate interest levels.  We also have the Canadian Teacher’s Guide to loan.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Here’s a great unit to keep kids’ interest as we start seeing more signs of spring that make it hard to concentrate!


More specifically : Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

This unit is not your basic read and answer compehension questions.  There are lots of ways to delve a little deeper into the novel and complete some unique assignments along the way.  This unit has the potential to be a combination of Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.  These subject areas are listed separately in the unit, however, planning ahead to determine which projects and activities work best together is recommended.  You could easily study candy and chocolate all day for a couple weeks at least!  Yum!

Check it out here.

Ask your Home teacher to request some of these additional resources from the TLA library after checking out the unit study link above!

Rookie Read-About Science: Beans to Chocolate From Cocoa Bean to Chocolate  Make It: Chocolate (library bound)Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 40th Anniversary EditionWho Was Milton Hershey?Candy Experiments



February Scholastic Orders

The deadline for Scholastic orders from February AND March flyers (when they come out) is Friday, February 24.

Here are some links and suggestions for the February flyer :

Grade 6 & 7

Story of the My Life Biography Pack : 5 biographies for $10 !  Here are four of them:

Byrd & Igloo: An Arctic Adventure by Samantha Seiple (October 01,2013)I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition)This Side of Wild: Mutts, Mares, and Laughing Dinosaurs

Grade 4 & 5

Favourite Authors Value Pack : 5 for $10  – These are some of my favourite authors!  Gary Paulsen, Avi, Kate DiCamillo, etc.  Looks like a great pack of books!

This Side of Wild: Mutts, Mares, and Laughing DinosaursCatch You Later, TraitorListen, SlowlyRaymie Nightingale Save Me a Seat

Grade 2 & 3

Check out the Mystery Money Cash Register for $14.99. Often families want to borrow money resources but unfortunately, plastic coins are now a consumable item.  This is a really inexpensive option to purchase through this month’s Scholastic flyer.

Kindergarten & Grade 1

If You Give… Pack – $9.99 // This is a classic series that started with “If You Give A Mouse a Muffin” by Laura Numeroff.  She’s written many books in this series.  There are absolutely tons of fun activities to go with these Laura Numerof books.  Here’s a link to my favourite site – Teachers Pay Teachers – lots of freebies there.

If You Take a Mouse to SchoolIf You Give a Pig a Pancake If You Give a Moose a Muffin

Animation, movies, and computer resources: we have it all!

We’ve recently had a number of awesome resources returned to the library  and what better place to show them than here on the blog!?  If you’re interested in borrowing any of these, please let your Home teacher know and I will set them aside for you!


The Animator’s Survival Kit : A Manual of Methods, Principles, and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion, and Internet Animators by Richard Williams

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Stop Motion Animation : How to Make and Share Creative Videos by Melvyn Ternan

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Learning Blender : A Hands-on Guide to Creating 3D Animated Characters by Oliver Villar

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(also another book to borrow from us about Blender – Game Development with Blender by Dalai Felinto )


Movie Making Course // 2nd edition Expanded and Updated for the Digital Generation by Ted Jones

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3 Adobe “Classroom in a Book” official training workbooks :

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  1. Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 edition
  2. Adobe Flash Professional CC 2014 edition
  3. Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014 edition

Canadian History Through Comic-Style Books

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Here’s a new spin on Canadian history!  These defining moments in Canadian history are explored through comic-book style illustrations and story.  I LOVE these books for their engaging spin on specific events in our history and as described in this review, “Although the format of these books lends itself toward high interest-low vocabulary students, the material is presented in a manner that can lend itself to stimulating higher level discussions and debate.”.

Check out a sample of the books here.