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Library / Learning Commons

*Scroll to the bottom of this page for Online Learning Resources (these can be used by students and staff)

*Library Book check out procedures will be different this school year due to COVID19.  Please stay tuned for an update on the new procedure that will be used. 

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.  Each year the Champlain Gr. 7 Grad Class ceremonially plants a tree together on the school property.

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".

Weir School will be holding their "Weir Library Day at Champlain" on Wednesdays and we welcome their Librarian Mr. Hornberg, who will be working all day on Wednesdays in the Champlain Library.

Champlain will hold their all day "Champlain Library Day" on Fridays.  Ms. Dallyn will also be working in the Library for Champlain on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

All students can look up their Library book due dates and the Library catalogue by going to the: 

Champlain Heights Community School website

or Dr. George M. Weir Elementary School website 

then scrolling down and clicking on Teaching And Learning

then find Library / Learning Commons

Click there under VSB Libraries

and search for Champlain Heights Community School

or Dr. George Weir Elementary 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:   Open School BC - Ministry of Education - Keep Learning Website with K - 12 Resources   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.  (Please contact your classroom teacher for your student number and password if you need to.  Staff should sign in with:  user name only -not full email address- and then  regular password.) 

In "Destiny Back Office" you will see useful online learning resources listed under DISTRICT DATABASES/SUBSCRIPTIONS.   (Remember to sign in)

You will find access to: 


EBSCO Information Search

KNOWBC Encyclopedia of BC 

MyBLUEPRINT Education Planner

National Geographic KIDS (needs you to enter the password library)

The Vancouver Sun epaper (only available when at school) - see VPL resource below

World Book Online (needs you to enter ch39 then the password library)

Here you will also find links to Atlas of Canada, BBC News, BC Historical newspapers, Canadian Encyclopedia, CIA World Fact Book, Heritage Minutes, Historical Statistics of Canada, History Chaneel Video Library, National Geographic Video Clip Library, Statistics Canada, Starfall and also websites in French.

To find a few VSB ebooks: 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.

Other useful websites:   CBC Kids News  Free newspapers from Vancouver Public Library                 VSB District Continuity Of Learning Website  Tumblebooks (free ebooks and read alouds for young readers in English, French and Spanish)  Vancouver Public Library (VPL) Digital Kids Books (you need a VPL Library Card but you can apply here for one online... It's Free!  The VLP has many ebooks to choose from!)  This Writer’s Life by Danielle Davis - Interested in writing stories?  This author will help you get into the mindset for writing!  She has created many youtube video lessons to help you.  You do not have to subscribe to view them.  Teachers and students may find this video series about the writing process helpful and fun.  Canadian Read Aloud Program Teachers will find this website useful when choosing to create a "read aloud video" for their class.  Here you will find a list of Canadian books that educators have permission to use in an online video presentation.

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