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Library / Learning Commons

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!

Our school was designed by the famous Canadian architect Arthur Erickson.  

The Library Learning Commons was designed like an Indigenous big house of learning and cultural exchange.  It is circular in shape, with a skylight window in the middle 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 classrooms that surround it.  A new wing to the school design was later added, which stretches out to the natural forest beside the school and provides many more classroom spaces.  

Garden boxes are located outside the Library's backdoor, where students grow food and Indigenous plants to celebrate their desire to feel connected to the earth, to the environment, and to their personal goals of creating and living in a sustainable, peaceful world.

During the 2019 - 2020 school year PlantTEAM@Champlain has been newly formed and will be celebrating the school Food Garden with a Spring Celebration Luncheon.

Much work needs to be done to prepare our Food Garden Boxes for our Spring Harvest.

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

More news coming soon on how to become involved in PlantTEAM@Champlain!

Our School Wide Book Exchanges in the Library are on:

Tuesday afternoons from 2 pm to 3:20 pm 

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

During these times, students ask their teachers for permission to visit the Library to exchange their library books.  Our Teacher Librarian, Ms. Dallyn, helps students select books to check out.  Students may visit in small groups on their own, or come with their whole class accompanied by their teacher.  

Div. 10, 11 and 12 have weekly scheduled Library times.  All classes may arrange collaborative library visits where a particular topic of interest can be researched and explored together.

Students can look up their book due dates and the Library catalogue by going to our School Website, then scrolling under Teaching And Learning to find Library / Learning Commons.   Search for our school under VSB Libraries.  Students can then sign in and search their book history.  

Sign in by using your student number and password.  There are two search engines to choose from:  Destiny and Destiny Discover.  Searches for books may be done in many ways.  One is to look for categories of books until you find a book you would like to read.  The search engine Destiny allows you to look up sublocations 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 book in the Library.  

Holds may be placed on books that are currently out.  Books are checked out at school by the Teacher Librarian.  The loan period is two weeks.

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