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:

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:


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

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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