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Library / Learning Commons

*Scroll to the bottom of this page for Online Learning Resources (these can be used during the current suspension of in-class instruction)

Champlain Heights Community Elementary School Library is here to inspire you to enjoy reading, and to even inspire you to write a book of your own!  (There is a bin in the Library of student author books if you would like to share a copy of your self published writing with us!)

We would like to welcome Weir Elementary School students and staff to our learning community!  Their school is undergoing seismic renovations.  Welcome Weir!

Champlain Heights Community Elementary School was designed by the famous Canadian architect Arthur Erickson who also designed the U.B.C. Anthropology Museum, Simon Fraser University, the B.C. Law Courts and Robson Square.

The Champlain Library Learning Commons was designed like an Indigenous big house of knowledge learning and cultural exchange.  It is circular in shape, with a skylight window in the middle of the roof and it has a grand entrance hallway.  It was designed to be the heart of the school, to provide a safe and nurturing community for all of the students and classroom "families" that surround it.  A new wing to the school design was added later, which stretches out to the forest beside the school and provides many more classroom spaces.  

To celebrate the natural environment surrounding the school the PAC sponsored the addition of garden benches and boxes around the school.  Six Food Garden boxes are located outside the Library's backdoor.  Over the years students have grown food and Indigenous plants to celebrate their desire to feel connected to the earth, to the environment, and to creating a sustainable, peaceful world.

Thank You to our PAC for graciously donating a 2020 book fund gift to the Library to purchase new books on Gardening, Ecology and Youth Leaders in the Environmental Movement.  We have purchased many new books such as books by and about the environmentalist Greta Thunberg, who recently visited Vancouver and said that "the energy of youth to help with the climate crisis is unstoppable".

(When regular scheduling resumes: )

Weir School will be holding their Library book exchanges on Wednesday mornings in the Champlain Library.

Champlain will hold their school wide book exchanges in the Library on:

Tuesday afternoons from 2 pm to 3:20 pm 

and on Thursday afternoons from 1 pm to 2:20 pm.  

All students can look up their book due dates and the Library catalogue by going to the Champlain Heights Community School website, then scrolling down and clicking on Teaching And Learning to find Library / Learning Commons.   Click there under VSB Libraries and search for Champlain Heights Community School.  Students can then sign in using their student number and password.   Staff and students can search their book history, renew their books and also place a hold on a book that they would like to read.

There are two search engines to choose from when searching for a book in our V.S.B. Library System:  Destiny Discover and Destiny Back Office.  One way to look for a book is to look for categories of books until you find a book you would like to read.  Destiny Back Office allows you to look up sub-locations of books and then if you press enter you will see all the books in that category, and this will even help you find the location of the book in the Library. 

Library books are checked out at school by our Teacher Librarians.  Book loans are for two weeks.

*Online learning resources and ebooks are available to staff & students:

https://www.openschool.bc.ca/   Open School BC - Ministry of Education - Keep Learning Website with K - 12 Resources

https://library.vsb.bc.ca   VSB Libraries - Search for Champlain Heights Community Elementary School, click, then using the hamburger icon at the top left scroll to "Destiny Back Office" and sign in.  You will then see useful online learning resources listed under DISTRICT DATABASES/SUBSCRIPTIONS.  (Please contact your classroom teacher for your student number and password if you need it.  Staff should sign in with:  user name only -not full email address- and then  regular password.)  Some resources listed here require codes such as the resource World Book needs you to enter ch39 then the password library.   Other user codes will be listed here as soon as possible.  

Go back to the hamburger icon to find "Destiny Discover" (sign in again if you have to) and here you can scroll down and find a few VSB ebooks that you can "check out" and "close" to return.

https://www.cbc.ca/kidsnews/   CBC Kids News

New VSB District Continuity Of Learning Sharepoint Site  - coming soon!




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