Library Learning Commons
Chancellor School Library is evolving to become a library learning commons. First and foremost, we want our library to be a safe space for thinking, reading, learning, exploration, creation and collaboration for all students and staff. Chancellor School Library is staffed with both a professionally certified library technician and teacher librarian.
The library program at Chancellor School has three main goals:
- to promote the learning and love of reading
- to teach students to become information literate students with 21st century information and creation tools
- to meet school-related and personal information needs
To support students’ individual reading pleasure and information needs, students are exposed to quality resources in both fiction and non-fiction. Both Canadian and International books and resources are promoted in our library. Research demonstrates that choosing and reading books or materials that interest students is one of the most important factors in reading development. Along with the print materials, digital formats of reading and information materials are also promoted and encouraged such as Tumblebooks, Canadian Encyclopedia, World Book Online and Exploring Nature. Many of these databases include images, videos, read aloud capabilities and translation tools. Students have a book exchange period once per cycle. Before taking out new books, students need to return or renew the books they have on loan. All grades are encouraged to participate in the Forest of Reading program which includes picture books, fiction and non-fiction selections. Grade 5 and 6 are strongly encouraged to take part in the MYRCA (Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award) reading program. Through the library program students also learn about resources available at the Winnipeg Public Library—both print and online databases. The WPL also has books, ebooks and resources available in other languages and dual languages.
The library program, along with classroom instruction, supports students in becoming information literate. By combining curricular goals and students’ genuine interests, the inquiry process and resource-based learning are promoted. Students are taught various strategies to find, evaluate, share and create new and original knowledge. This includes learning how to use the library and a variety of sources. Students learn how to evaluate, record and cite information from print sources and online databases. As outlined in the provincial LICT (Literacy with Information and Communication Technology) document, ethical and responsible use of information technology is also incorporated into classes. This is all part of a student’s digital citizenship education. The teacher librarian works collaboratively with teachers and students to achieve curricular goals and provide stimulating and enjoyable reading and information materials. The library area is also used for small group work, whole class instruction, guided reading, literature circles, small group and individual computer work, author visits and educational presentations. Our library technician also supports all student and staff reading and research needs by accessing sources from all libraries in the Pembina Trails School Division and other relevant sources.
Additional information can be found on the Library Happenings Wiki located on the student page of our Chancellor School website. http://chancellorlibrary.pbwor...
Little Free Library
We are pleased to offer our students and our community the opportunity to access books throughout the year at our Little Free Library located at the front of our school. Students, parents and community members are encouraged to bring a book, take a book and leave a book to share the love of reading!