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Find out about the Middle School Book Club and the Yearbook Crew on our Clubs and Groups page
As of spring 2018, all students and staff now have access to free eBooks and audiobooks at OverDrive. It’s easy and a great way to read anywhere!
The Alberta OverDrive K-12 collection provides free, 24/7 access to fiction and nonfiction eBooks and audiobooks.
It’s convenient for students to check out titles at home, on the weekends or during school breaks with no worry about misplacing a book or running up late fees – these digital titles automatically return at the end of the lending period!
OverDrive can help students of all ages read more and improve comprehension. Struggling or reluctant readers, learning-challenged, second language learners, and gifted readers can all benefit from this service.
- Enrich vocabulary and improve comprehension and pronunciation
- Introduce students to books above their reading level
- Teach critical listening
- Help busy kids find time to read
The collection contains materials for all grades and interests.
- Step 1 Go to: https://AlbertaPublic.Lib.OverDrive.com (letter case doesn’t matter)
- Step 2 Log in using your school username and password.
- Step 3 Browse, search, and borrow up to three eBooks or audiobooks at a time.
All you need is a browser to read eBooks or listen to audiobooks. Once downloaded, you can read offline. On your devices, try the OverDrive app, OverDrive Listen for audiobooks, or the Libby app. All are available from Google Play or Apple App store.
Click here to view our YouTube playlist of book trailers for Middle School books that can be found as ebooks on the Alberta K-12 OverDrive collection.
We tried something new this year – a readathon with Whooo’s Reading.
Students from Grades 1-6 participated from April 3-30 to raise money for elementary field trips.
Thank you so much for your support!
How did it go? Read about it here: Whooo’s Reading Exceeds Expectations.
The Library Award is given to the elementary class with the best record for returning their library books on time during the previous month. We believe that a seemingly small thing like taking care of and returning library books on time, demonstrates organization skills and responsibility that will serve students all through their school careers and onward in life. The Library Award is part of our Responsible Reader Program.
We believe that a seemingly small thing like taking care of and returning library books on time demonstrates organization skills and responsibility that will serve students all through their school careers and onward in life.
Elementary students who have returned all their books on time during the previous month receive a stamp on the back of their library card. After 3 stamps, a prize is awarded and once each year the student’s borrowing limit is raised. After 6 stamps there is another small prize. At the end of the year, if the student has achieved the commendable feat of returning all of their library books on time during the year, they are awarded a certificate and a prize engraved with “Swan Hills School Responsible Reader”.
Every December, the library invites members of the community to share seasonal stories with our students. Everybody has a good time as ‘regular people’ read to, or tell stories to classes in the library. If you like to read or are a story-teller, contact Mrs. Kilpatrick to volunteer for this event by November 15.
We host a Scholastic Book Fair every year during the March parent/teacher conferences. Half of the profits benefit the library! With the support of the community, we raise money for the library and add to the collection. The best part, though, is the enthusiasm with which our students anticipate and enjoy the Fair. Click here for the results of the 2018 Book Fair.
The Book Fair is truly a team effort. Many parents and other community members, as well as staff and students, help to make it happen. If you’re interested in volunteering, please see Mrs. Kilpatrick.
April is Poetry Month. The magnetic poetry comes out so all ages can express themselves. In Library Classes we explore all the different ways that poets play with words and in some classes, we hold poetry slams.
Every June, Grades 1-9 visit the Public Library to encourage their participation in their services and programs, especially the Summer Reading Program, over the summer break.
A major goal of any school is to see their students grow into life-long learners. One step along the way is to ensure that they are familiar and comfortable with using public libraries. Towards this aim, we make sure that our students, from Kindergarten to Grade 9, visit our local public library at least once a year, in June, to encourage them to use their services over the summer and then on through life.
We have also partnered with the Library Board and Grizzly Clubs in our Public Library Membership Project, which allows all staff and students free access to resources and services provided exclusively through the public library system, like free eBooks, various media and learning/tutorial platforms.
Through our partnership, we hope to develop in our students, the habits of using public libraries throughout life for their pleasure reading and lifelong learning.
Both institutions are tremendously grateful to local businesses for their sponsorship of this program. This years’ memberships are sponsored by the following businesses:
- Norstar Glass
- Froggy’s Environmental Services
- Meekwap Automotive
- Kelly Lappin Trenching
- Marriott B. Contracting
- Super A. Foods
- Parker’s Transport
- Guye’s Backhoe Services
- Wurm’s Welding
- Reeve’s Trucking