School Libraries Section

The ABQLA School Library Chapter aims to connect Québec libraries serving students in the public and private sector from pre-Kindergarten through grade 11.  We organize social and professional events for school library staff and those interested in literacy, reading initiatives, and information literacy for school-aged children.

News & Articles

eBooks in School Libraries

The School Libraries Section invites you to participate in a discussion about the opportunities and issues surrounding the implementation of eBooks in School Libraries. A panel of school librarians from a variety of communities will touch on the topics of availability, platforms, devices, budgets, best practices, and the future of school library collections. Bring questions, concerns and ideas to share.

School Library Section Report

by Shannon Babcock
The School Library section of the ABQLA is gathering steam! After participation in the Maurice Sendak storytelling event at the Jewish Public Library (in association with the Youth and Public Library sections) the school section foresees three upcoming school-related events.

Reading online: too distracting?

Sandra Bebbington Information Literacy Coordinator-MELS DSCA SAR

In a recent discussion I had with someone about tablets in the school library, it was brought to my attention that some people see tablets has having the potential of distracting people from reading. With all the additional abilities that tablets have such as apps or web access they detract from the e-reader aspect of the device. My response was simply - so??

Maurice Sendak Storytelling Workshop

ImageBy Karen Biskin

Throughout his prolific career, Maurice Sendak transformed the landscape of children’s literature, conjuring the monsters of childhood dreams onto the pages of his books. On Thursday, November 3, 2011, the Public, School and Youth Sections of the ABQLA celebrated Sendak’s writing during a storytelling workshop held at the Jewish Public Library. Professional storyteller Selina Eisenberg-Smith animated the evening, using a felt board, puppets, and props to explore the various ways to engage children in a story. After her artistic retelling of In the Night Kitchen, she had the group participate in its own wild rumpus and then perform Pierre, a Cautionary Tale with her. She shared her experiences working with children of different ages and explained how she adapts children’s books in order to perform them for a audience.

A Maurice Sendak Storytelling Evening

Get ready for a wild rumpus... of librarians!

The Public, School and Youth sections of the Quebec Library Association and the Jewish Public Library will be hosting a Maurice Sendak storytelling workshop for teachers, librarians and those who are young at heart on Thursday November 3rd at 5:30 PM.

This special event is timed to give you the opportunity to discover the international travelling exhibition “In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak,” which explores the life and artwork of this renowned illustrator and author.

Beaconsfield High School Library Poetry Contest 2011

The following poems were the top three winners in the 2011 Poetry Contest at Beaconsfield High School Library. All winners are in Grade 10, Secondary 4. We are very proud of their work and will look to their future as aspiring poets.
First Place Poetry Winner

Time to Believe
Jessica Ford

If we never thought that there was anything more,
Would we question what lay beyond?
And if we never knew anything to be right,
Would we ponder whether we were wrong?

End of School Year Ruminations

Imageby Beverley Graham

Once again, we are at the end of another school year. Final exams are over, report cards are waiting to be picked up and--if you’re anything like me, you are probably tearing your hair out wondering once again, ”why haven’t my students returned their library books yet?!”

So, seeking some solace, I stumbled across some amusing web links that you might like to integrate into your usual Orientation classes in September.

Laughosity. "‪Library Book Due‬‏." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. 25 July 2010.

Learning to Learn

ImageThe 3rd annual School Library Professional Development Symposium was held on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at Montreal’s La Grande Bibliothèque.  Available for all Quebec library personnel in the English secondary school sector, the workshop was moderated by Shannon Babcock, and France Lapierre who work for the MELS action plan on Reading in School.

Workshop topics included suggestions on “how to support your students”, French/English book talks, and new trends in “digital literacy”- QR codes, e-books, YouTube, etc.  The well-attended audience was also treated to a showcase of “You Read it, you get it” public service commercials on reading--not just books—but things we encounter in our daily lives.  Geared towards 12-17 year olds, the theme of “You never stop reading” was launched during March Break on local Global and CTV stations.

Walter Dean Myers at Lower Canada College

ImageFrom Heather Brydon

Monday, November 22, 2010, saw the auditorium at Lower Canada College filled with librarians, students, parents and many others, all gathered to hear the renowned author Walter Dean Myers speak.  This award-winning writer for young people was invited as part of the annual Speakers Series at Lower Canada College.  In conjunction with the school, the Youth and School Libraries Sections hosted the event that more than 20 ABQLA members attended.

Quebec School Librarian - Award Winner At 2009 CLA Conference

Announcing that one of « our own » Quebec school librarians, JOCELYNE DION, is to be presented the Margaret B. Scott Award of Merit during the Canadian Library Association Conference & Trade Show here in Montreal.

CASL Awards Reception

Sunday, May 31, 2009

6:00 – 8:00 pm

CLA Conference & Trade Show

Palais des congrès
You are cordially invited to come in great numbers to celebrate Jocelyne Dion and the advance of Quebec school libraries at the CASL Awards Reception (hors d’œuvres and cash bar).