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.


Miss Westbury’s Favourite Books of 2016

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2016 was another year full of amazing books and favourite titles.  It would take much too long for me to write about each book that I fell in love with this year but here is a quick snapshot of some of favourite titles that were published and/or read in 2016.

Picture Books



Middle Grade Books



Young Adult Books



Winter 2016/2017 in the BT Library

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Fall has flown by and we now find ourselves in the midst on wintry weather.  Here is a sneak peek of what’s happening in the BT Library this Winter:

  • TinLids Book Fair
  • Forest of Reading
  • Battle of the Books
  • Staff Readers of the Month

Last week we had our first ever TinLids Book Fair.  Focusing solely on books and promoting Canadian authors, this Book Fair was different from years previous but was a great hit with staff, student, and families.  This fundraising event for the Library will help purchase new materials in the New Year focusing on diversity, equity, and numeracy.

The annual Forest of Reading program will be starting in January.  The Forest of Reading® is Canada’s largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. The Forest® helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. More than 250,000 readers participate annually from their School and/or Public Library.

This year, Bruce Trail is participating in six different programs:

  • Blue Spruce (grades K to 2): picture books will be read in-class and/or during library visits
  • Silver Birch Express (grades 3 & 4): run as an extra-curricular, includes a mix of fiction and non-fiction titles
  • Silver Birch Fiction (grades 5 & 6): run as an extra-curricular, fiction novels  
  • Silver Birch Non-Fiction (grades 5 & 6): run as an extra-curricular, non-fiction books
  • Red Maple Fiction (grades 7 & 8): run as an extra-curricular, fiction novels
  • Red Maple Non-Fiction (grades 7 & 8): run as an extra-curricular, non-fiction books

A big thank you goes out to Parent Council who have generously provided funds for the purchasing of all Forest of Reading materials.

Battle of the Books, a trivia style competition prompting students to show their book smarts will start-up in February.  Stay tuned for more details and further information in the New Year.

Our Staff Reader of the Month initiative continues and has been met with great success!  Students loving learning about and connecting with BT staff that share a love of reading.  Be sure to check-out our November and December readers Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Baron, and Mr. R. Skinner:




This first half of this school year has been a wonderful and busy time.  Alas, everyone here at the BT Library is looking forward to great things in the New year!

Staff Readers of the Month

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This year the BT Library Learning Commons will be highlighting staff readers each month as a way to promote a school reading culture and share the love of literature in our school community.

These staff readers will share a variety of reading tidbits each month including their current read, favourite reading routines, and desert island book choice.

Staff readers will be advertised on our BT Library bulletin board in front foyer of the school, on our Twitter feed as well as here on our website.

Kudos to Mr. Falzoi and Miss Serafin who were our very first Staff Readers of the Month.  Click on the links below to find out about these enthusiastic staff readers!



Stay tuned for the announcement of our November Staff Reader – hint – she is one of our amazing Intermediate teachers!

Back to the Books – Fall 2016 in the BT Library

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We’ve had a great start to the 2016-2017 school year here in the BT Library Learning-Commons!

In September, classes began visiting the Library for a brief Library Orientation and an opportunity to take out their first books of the school year.  Students were pleasantly surprised to find some new furniture additions to the Library including some round backless sofas and black seating cubes.

We had an amazing turn out for Library Helpers with almost 60 Grade 6, 7, & 8 students showing up at our first meeting.  We’ve broken this large and dedicated group up into Tuesday and Thursday Library helpers and students are learning to shelve fiction and non-fiction books through the month of October.

This Fall we are also celebrating Canadian Authors and have been lucky enough to have two author visits:

On October 5th, Vikki Van Sickle visited with our Gr. 1 & 2 students to share her picture book “If I Had a Gryphon”.  Students got to be “pet detectives” as they examined artifacts and determine what magical creature they might belong to.


Sigmund Brouwer spoke to our Gr. 5 & 6 students on October 13th as part of the Seven Series Prequel tour.  An energetic and fun presentation left our students inspirited to become “Story Ninjas” as Sigmund shared the important of story elements and writing to connect with an audience.


The Fall fun has not ended in the BT Library Learning-Commons!  Stay tuned for more news of what’s happening here at Bruce Trail Public School.

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:


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