Oh, the weather outside is frightful…so let’s go to the library to study!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….exam time! Usually the library is full of people doing things other than study – puzzles, chess, Jenga, napping, to name a few, but the next week we will be full of stressed-out, caffeine-addicted students trying to soak up the material of the last three months.  If you’re new to this exam business, you may want to check out one of our very helpful books on HOW to study because studying efficiently will save you time and the anxiety of wondering if you’re doing this thing right.  And, while you’re here, why not take out a few books over the holiday – any book borrowed this week isn’t due until the second day we get back in the new year.  Good luck on your exams from the library staff!

Study Display


Welcome Back!

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The library is waiting for you. Come on in,  browse the stacks, find a good book and settle in on a comfy cushion.  Would you like a cup of tea? Bring your mug and tea bag and fill up at the kettle.  Need a recommendation? Ask Ms. Roberts, Mr. Morgan, Ms. Beach or Mr. Hoeg for a great book to read. Or maybe you don’t have much time, can we offer you a current magazine to browse through while you kill time before your next class?  Not in the mood to read, but want to unplug? Maybe you’d like to play Scrabble, chess, Connect Four or dominoes.  We also have Legos and colouring pages to get your mind off your worries. Whatever your relaxation needs are, the library learning commons is here for you.


Only 4 weeks left of summer, have you bought your school supplies yet?

summer reads

I know, right? Too early to be thinking about going back to school – unless you’re in the business of selling anything remotely related to school. But since I, your librarian, have forgotten my work password – another #teacherproblem that other working adults can’t relate to – I’ve decided to check in on my blog (admittedly, slightly neglected, but, hey, on vacation!).  Here, in case you accidentally came upon this blog while Googling #rhsa or #rosedaleheightsschoolofthearts,  I would like to suggest some summer reads via book lists I’ve perused on the ‘inter-webs’…

Might like if you enjoy YA popular fiction…

Might like if you’re going through some teen angst-y stuff…

Might like if you enjoy British authors and their tastes in fiction…

Might like if you don’t like any of the above offerings..

Best YA Blogs & Book Reviewers

Spring has Sprung!

While we are waiting for the warm, dry weather to begin, why not come to the library to check out our rainbow of young adult fiction on display? Or read up on the latest Spring fashion in one of our 42 magazines.  We have a lot of new books for you to discover and also ones for you to select for your English ISU assignments. Need a recommendation? Ask one of our very friendly peer tutors, volunteers or teacher-librarians! We are here to help you find your next great read of the season!



Black History Month 2017


This year I decided to create a new display for Black History Month.  For the last few years I’ve put up a display featuring the Harlem Renaissance with the emphasis being on the creative artistic explosion that occurred in the 1920s and 30s.  But this year is different. The election of Donald Trump in the US has everyone angry and afraid of how his words and actions may influence American society and its political institutions.  The Black Lives Matter movement, Standing Rock protest and Women’s March have inspired and galvanized citizens to be active in protecting their rights and freedoms against the injustice of institutionalized racism and sexism, as well as the valuing of profits over environmental protection.  Our display simply says, ‘freedom’ to remind us that freedom is seldom something given, but fought for – often at a great cost in human lives.

I came across a wonderful blog, Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad in an online article from the CBC describing Casey Palmer’s project for Black History Month where he features one interview with artistic Black Canadians for every day in February :

Tales from the 2.9 — The Black Canadians Sharing Their Stories in a Digital Age is a        project to showcase my fellow Black content creators across the nation in a month that    should encourage us to really examine what it means to be Black in Canada and everything  we can learn from our experiences. With 2.9% of the Canadian population made up of  Black people, it’s meant to highlight the diversity of creators we have in our community!”


Happy 2017!

Hopefully you managed to avoid getting the dreaded flu virus of 2016 over the holidays and you’ve said ‘so long’ to 2016.  Rather than saying anything else about what was wrong in 2016, we should be spending some time reflecting on all that was good about 2016.  ‘Best of’ lists are everywhere – but don’t despair – we have found the ultimate list of ‘Best of’ lists and here it is….

Here Is a List of Every Other Year-End List Worth Reading*

*Please pay special attention to the section on books.