Virtual Visit

The Commons has a variety of seating arrangements to suit each activity.

The Commons has a variety of seating arrangements to suit each activity.

Welcome to the Chantrell Creek Library which is transforming into a Learning Commons. A Learning Commons is more than a place where students come to check out books. It is a place where students and teachers explore ideas, ask questions, extend their knowledge about personal interests and inquire about personally relevant topics.

A variety of media and technology provide the opportunity to learn about the world and communicate with people from all around the globe.

It is a flexible space where learning, inquiry, exploring, playing, creating, collaboration, reading and relaxing happens. Tables and chairs, beanbag chairs, carpeted areas and a variety of meeting spaces are a part of the Learning Commons. Technology plays a large role for inquiry, communication, sharing ideas and demonstrating knowledge. Technology allows the learning, sharing and communicating to continue beyond the walls of the school and beyond the confines of the school day.

Sharing some good books by the reading tree.

Sharing some good books by the reading tree.

The reading area.

The reading area.

 

The drawing books are always popular.

The drawing books are always popular.

 

We make connections and ask powerful questions when we read.

We make connections and ask powerful questions when we read.

 

Students are drawn to the Discovery Table. They enjoy examining the crystals, rocks, birds nests, flip books and other natural items here. They are also interested in the Goldfish, Tigger and Goldie.

Students are drawn to the Discovery Table. They enjoy examining the crystals, rocks, birds nests, flip books and other natural items here.

 

Students named the goldfish, Tigger and Goldie.

Students named the goldfish, Tigger and Goldie.

 

Lego is a very popular  activity. Luckily my son has donated thousands of pieces of Lego to our library.

Lego is a very popular activity. Luckily my son has donated thousands of pieces of Lego to our Library.

 

Students are introduced to fiction and non-fiction books and learn how to search the library catalogue to find books that interest them. Students are encouraged to take books from the displays.

Students are introduced to fiction and non-fiction books and learn how to search the library catalogue to find books that interest them. Students are encouraged to take books from the displays.

 

Reading Buddies are fun!

Reading Buddies are fun!

 

Chantrell students are great at chess.

Chantrell students are great at chess.

 

We have many opportunities to create art in the Learning Commons. We are learning about art appreciation using the Discover Art Program.

We have many opportunities to create art in the Learning Commons. We are learning about art appreciation using the Discover Art Program.

 

This room could become a more usable meeting place, media room and valuable addition to the Learning Commons spaces.

This room could become a more usable meeting place, media room and valuable addition to the Learning Commons spaces.

 

 

 

Tumblebooks

Tumblebooks

We use technology in the Library/Learning Commons as often as we can. We explore online resources, learn how to be a responsible digital citizen, read, research, find answers to our questions, look up our favourite authors, search the library catalogue, find book recommendations, communicate and create.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a lot of help in the library. Grade 5 students have the opportunity to apply for the position of library monitor. The monitors learn how to manage the books in the library. They are responsible for showing up for their shift at 8:30 am, collecting the books, checking in the books and filing them. In grade 6 the monitors from the previous year can continue to help checking books in and out, as needed. The library monitors always remember their shifts and do their job quickly and efficiently. I don’t know what I would do without their help!

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