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.
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!