A snapshot of what's inside
the Resource Centre . . .
Each day for the month of January we will feature something from the Resource Centre. Click Read More to see today's gem . . .
Day 1 Featured Authors. From AA Milne to Eric Carle. From Judy Blume to Beverly Cleary. We have sets of books by best loved authors. Perfect for an author study, theme or mini classroom library. See them all HERE.
Day 2 Book it, Danno!
Within our Library catalog you can 'book' out items and have them sent directly to your school. Let's say you are planning an inquiry project for later in the year on Living Things. Do your online 'shopping' and book the items you will need. When your booking is ready, it will be sent on your regular mail day.
Step by Step instructions can be found HERE.
Day 3 OPAC, like a Card Catalog on Steroids!
OPAC is an acronym for "online public access catalog." It is the name commonly used for the computerized catalog in the library. The OPAC replaces the print card catalog. Schools in our District can access their OPAC through the school’s website. The Resource Centre OPAC is much more than your average card catalog.
See ‘Live’ New Resource titles as they become available. You can book them hot of the press!
My Account. Once logged in check your status, books signed out and check your bookings.
See a Book Trailer. A book trailer is a short promotional video, similar to a movie trailer, that gives a quick snapshot about the book.
Take a tour of our Resource Centre and see what’s inside.
See our Monthly Feature. This month, “Who Doesn’t Love Cardboard” and related supporting resources.
Tumblebooks link. Log in with your SD59 credentials to use this feature. Access hundreds of read aloud ebooks through our Tumblebooks subscription.
Check the Weather
View a quote of the Day
Oh, and you can search for resources.
Day 4 laminating
We are master laminators at the DRC. Recently we changed from gloss laminating film to matte in our large laminator. The difference is amazing!
“Matte lamination produces an elegant, sophisticated finish. It also provides a softer, more natural look that makes it easier to read the printed piece. Matte lamination has a “velvety” texture that makes it pleasant to handle. It also softens the contrast of darker colors so that they don’t stand out quite as much.
Gloss lamination produces a shiny, glass-like appearance that enhances the color and vibrancy of the ink on a page. It is commonly used for business applications such as marketing and promotional pieces. It also works well as a covering for bound information in the form of books, reports and training materials.” Source: printivity
If you’re needing something laminated, we charge $1 per foot for school material and generally laminate on Wednesday’s. Be sure to get AO approval for school-use items.
Day 5 Maker Utensils
Planning a Maker project and you don't have enough tools? Find yourself saying, "If I had a class set of hammers . . ." or "I wish I had a a dozen wire strippers . . " or "If I only had 12 C-Clamps, this project would be complete"
We just happen to have these and more, at the DRC.
Search for them HERE.
Day 6 Math Play
Day 7 Books on CD
We have a number of books on CD at the DRC. Some are even read by the author!
Day 8 An Amazing Team!
Today we celebrate our team. I have the privilege to work with three amazing
women. They are dedicated, very efficient and knowledgeable. As a bonus
they are fun, generous and a bit feisty. Since our return to school after the
break, resources have been flying out of here! During these first 4 days we have
pulled, packed and sent 1572 resources. Can you believe 1572 resources went
to SD59 schools this week?! An amazing team.
Day 9 Communities
Day 10 The Literacy Lounge
When you enter into the back stacks, you are in a room we call
the Literacy Lounge. Here you will find: Elementary and Secondary Novels,
Guided Reading book sets, Language Arts Readers, Big Books, Books on
CD, Reading Series, and Teacher's Guides. Not many years ago, the LL
looked much different than it does today.
We have opened up the space to give it a 'bookstore' feel where
you can browse the selections, sit in one of the comfy chairs with
a coffee or tea and read. If you haven't had a chance to come
visit our "happy place", its not very busy at this time and we'd love
to give you a tour!
Day 11 Merge Cube
This Augmented Reality dynamo is at the DRC
Day 12 First Nation Resources
Day 13 Here are some of the many kits that can be signed out.
Day 14 Rigamajig
Day 15 Does your Social Studies unit on Canada need something? Check this out . . .
Day 16 Let's join the circus! PhyEd, Gross Motor Development and a whole lot of fun. The Green Fools Circus coordinator, Dean helped us to gather materials for these wonderful kits!
Day 18 App discovery
Using your iPhone/iPad as a document camera. This app has educators in mind who are juggling a Zoom/Teams session and showing docs. And its free!
Turn your iOS device into a document camera for sharing on video conference apps. Perfect for teachers and educators doing virtual learning that need to show what's on their desk during a video call.
- Chrome free camera viewing experience
- AirPlay support
- Quick flashlight toggle
- Easy rotate
Day 19 STEM with a Bang!
Day 20 Super Source Math Resources
Easy-to-use resource offers classroom-tested hands-on lesson plans targeting math skills required on standardized tests.
Comprehensive teacher support provides in-depth discussions of mathematics content.
Find the books HERE and then search for accompanying manipulatives.
Day 21 It's the Season for Snow!
Day 22 Did You Know?
The District Resource Centre has been an important part of our school district since 1967 !?
We were looking at a copy of a newsletter and some documents when Mr Doug Byres was the
Resource Centre Coordinator.
The philosophy for the District Resource Centre is very similar to our philosophy and goals of today.
Here is a photo of the back side of the newsletter showing services
available at the Resource Centre at that time:
Day 23 Our Resource Centre
Day 24 looking for a book? We are here for you.
Day 25 Even though our renovation of the SRP section is becoming something akin to the Taylor Bridge construction, we continue to find little treasures that have been hiding in plain sight!
I thought this was a cool little box of books! It’s from a series called “How to Library”. Little ideas for the Maker, Crafter, Creator & Builder! (Or whatever we call ourselves).
I may have even sat down and did a little reading! But surely this can’t be why this Reno is similar to the bridge...is it? oops!