Welcome to the Bruce Trail Library and I.T. Website

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Welcome to our on-going digital hub for information regarding the Library Learning Commons and the “all things I.T.” site here at Bruce Trail.  Visiting this site will hopefully provide you with necessary library links and I.T. information specific to Bruce Trail and from around the web.  At the top of the “notepad” you’ll find the major categories for info and links with drop down menus that include more specific areas.  Bookmark us or join the WordPress blog and get the updates through notifications you can customize.

Have a Safe Summer, See you in the Fall!

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With only a few days left of the 2015/2016 school year, the Bruce Trail Library is busy tracking down lost library books and completing Year-End Inventory.  There are approx. 40 library items still missing, so please be sure to take a look at home for any books that may have found their way into a hiding space.  Remember that payment for lost books will be refunded if the item is found in good condition within a year.

Even with the summer break on our minds, we’ve done some planning for our 2016/2017 school year here in the B.T. Library.  Listening to our students’ voices, we’ve ordered some new furniture and display items to help transform our space and allow it to be utilized in more engaging ways.  Also, be sure to stay tuned for some exciting author visit announcements for Fall 2016.  We’ve already booked Canadian author Vikki Van Sickle to share her picture book “If I Had a Gryphon” with our Gr. 1 & 2’s in October.  This is sure to be a spectacular event.


As the summer break approaches, my summer reading list also starts to take shape.  I hope to finally tackle a few titles that have been on my shelf for a while as well as take in some new releases.  I am especially looking forward to the July 12th release of the fifth Land of Stories book “An Author’s Odyssey”.  If you haven’t read this series for 9-12 year olds yet, you should definitely consider starting it this summer as it’s perfect vacation reading for those who love adventure and a twist on classic fairytales.

I am certain that a few new titles will be added as the summer progresses but here is a glimpse of my Summer 2016 Reading List:

Have a safe and wonderful summer!

– Miss Westbury

June Library Contest

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Have you heard the news about our June Library Contest?

Staff and students are invited to tell us: What does the BT Library mean to you?

There are 2 ways to enter: complete a paper ballot in the Library (for display on our Library bulletin board) or complete a google form via the BT Library website/Twitter feed (link: http://goo.gl/forms/g9qRhX2BOe9MAyWs2).

The contest ends Friday, June 24th.

One student & one staff response will be chosen to win a Book Basket prize (a basket filled with new books)!!!


Forest of Reading 2016

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The 2016 Forest of Reading program ended with great success this month as students voted for their favourite title and some of our Red Maple readers attended the Festival of Trees event in Toronto.


Here are BT’s favourite 2016 Forest of Reading books (as voted by students who read at least 5 of the nominated titles) as well as the official winners for each category:


Spring Reads

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With some unseasonably cold weather this spring, I was easily able to curl up with a book and get lots of Spring reading done these last few months including picture books, graphic novels, novels for 9-12 year olds and YA fiction.  Here is a brief snapshot of the titles I’ve read since February.  I highly recommend all of them.

Winter:Spring reads

Winter/Spring in the BT Library

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After some bizarre winter weather in Spring, it seems warmer temperatures have finally arrived!  Lots has been happening in the BT Library so here is a quick look at some highlights over the last few months:


  • Winter Scholastic Book Fair
  • Forest of Reading Class Previews


  • Forest of Reading program start-up
  • Family Literacy Day – Staff Picks on display
  • Family Literacy Day – “Dress as Your Favourite Book Character” Spirit Day


  • Black History Month bulletin board & books on display
  • Black History Month read alouds
  • Freedom to Read Week “Language Talks”
  • Intermediate Freedom to Read contest


  • Lana Button Kindie Author Visit


  • Junior Battle of the Books
  • Senior Battle of the Books
  • Spring Scholastic Book Fair
  • Forest of Reading Voting


  • Charis Cotter Gr. 5&6 Author Visit
  • Mental Health Awareness Week books on display
  • Staff vs. Student Battle of the Books match (congrats to the Staff!)
  • Festival of Trees field trip

Stay tuned for end of year details and previews of what’s to come in the 2016/2017 school year.

– Miss Westbury

Fall & Winter Reads

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Yesterday a Gr. 8 student asked me what books I’ve read lately.  She explained that she checked the website but couldn’t find any recent posts.  And she’s right!  Even though I’ve done quite a bit of reading, the Fall and Winter have gone by so quickly and I never stopped to take a moment to update this section of our website.  My sincere apologies.  Unfortunately, I feel too much time has passed for me to thoroughly write about all the books I’ve read over the last few months.  So today, here is a brief snapshot of the YA and Youth titles I’ve read since November.  I promise to check in more often and keep you up to date with what I am reading more regularly as the rest of year progresses.

Forest of Reading 2016

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The Forest of Reading programs are underway once again here at Bruce Trail with participation in the Blue Spruce, Silver Birch Express, Silver Birch, and Red Maple programs.

Our Grade 1 and 2 students will hear the Blue Spruce nominated titles during their weekly Library visits and our Kindies will begin the program later this month.

Silver Birch Express runs as an extra-curricular program on Mondays at 1st Nutrition Break.  We had an AMAZING turn out this year with over 100 students involved.  This means not all students will have books each week but they are working hard to finish books quickly in order to share with each other.  Mr. Skinner will be hosting a “Lunch & Learn” session this upcoming week to show students how they can complete reading responses using Google Forms.

Silver Birch happens on Wednesdays at 1st Nutrition Break and many students are already on their 2nd and 3rd book!  With dedicated readers like this, Silver Birch is sure to be a success.  Students share their thoughts on the books using Edmodo as an on-line discussion conference moderating by Bruce Trail staff who have already read the nominated titles.  A great way to connect our learning community members and make a big school feel a little more intimate.

Our intermediate readers are involved in Red Maple which takes place on Fridays at 1st Nutrition Break.  We had are largest turn-out in years with over 90 Grade 7 & 8 students reading the 10 nominated fiction titles.  This again means that there is a wait for books, but students are encouraged to access titles at the Milton Public Library as well.  Edmodo responses have already started pouring in and the students are crafting superb reflections on the books they’ve read.

Be sure to check out the 2016 nominated titles on the Ontario Library Association website: OLA Forest_of_Reading Nominated_Lists

-Miss Westbury


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