Category: Books

New! eBooks with Overdrive

Teston Village Public School is committed to bringing unique learning opportunities to our students and we are pleased to introduce a new, free reading service providing digital books through OverDrive (http://yrdsb.lib.overdrive.com).

Why OverDrive?
The OverDrive collection is an extension of Teston Village’s physical library, only it’s online with 24/7 access to eBooks and audiobooks. It’s convenient for students to check out titles at home, on the weekends or during school breaks with no worry about misplacing a book or running up late fees – these digital titles automatically return at the end of the lending period!

OverDrive can help students of all ages read more and improve comprehension.  Struggling or reluctant readers, learning-challenged, second language learners, and gifted readers can all benefit from this service.

  • Enrich vocabulary and improve comprehension and pronunciation
  • Introduce students to books above their reading level
  • Teach critical listening
  • Help busy kids find time to read

How does it work?
To use OverDrive, students browse our secure custom website, borrow with their YRDSB username (9-digit computer login) preceded by a zeero (ex. 0444555666), and enjoy anytime, anywhere on a computer, tablet, smartphone or eReader.

Whether a student’s interest lies in study guides, classics for required reading, or the latest popular juvenile or young adult fiction, they can find it all in the digital collection through OverDrive at http://yrdsb.lib.overdrive.com.

More Overdrive Resources

Scholastic Book Fair Next Week

Teston Village Public School will be hosting its second book fair of the year next week. Students will be able to preview books on Monday and Tuesday with their classes and return later on in the week if they’d like to make a purchase. We’re very excited to be offering an excellent selection of books.

The book fair will be open daily in the library/learning commons between 9:15 am and 3:00 pm. On Thursday, we’ll stay open after school until 5:30 to give parents/guardians a chance to visit with their children.

Here’s a trailer for just one of interesting picture books we’ll have available. See more at the Scholastic Book Tube page. (more…)

Woodbridge Chapters Helps Teston Village Public School on #givingtuesday #loveofreading

Some of our new books!
Just a few of the new books we have purchased through the Indigo Adopt a School program!

I can’t begin to express how grateful I, and the rest of the staff and students of Teston Village Public School, are to the staff and customers of the Chapters store in Woodbridge. At the beginning of the school year, we were approached by Customer Experience Manager, Terry Jordan about the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation and their Adopt a School program. We signed up, and shortly thereafter were a part of a Canada-wide contest to win up to $10 000 in new books for their school library. Well, we didn’t finish in the top three in Ontario, but customers at the Woodbridge store made individual donations totalling almost $4000. Online donations from friends, families and the school community brought in another significant amount of money.

Mr. Monahan and Mr. Jordan in the Kids Section at Chapters in Woodbridge
Mr. Monahan and Mr. Jordan in the Kids Section at Chapters in Woodbridge with a few special picks from the staff at Chapters gift wrapped for our students.

While the Adopt a School results were amazing, there was another surprise for us this past Tuesday. As part of #givingtuesday, Chapters made another $5000 donation to our school. Together, this means that Chapters and their customers have donated almost $10 000 to Teston Village Public School. On top of this, we are able to stretch our book buying dollars further, because when we buy books at Chapters in Woodbridge, we are able to get a discount on the sticker price of the books.

Students and staff shouldn’t expect to see all of the books show up at once. Purchasing will be spread throughout the year. A couple of priorities are to get some high quality, hardcover picture books and top up some of the very popular chapter book series that we have. Below, students and staff can find links to submit book suggestions for the library (NOTE: I don’t need any more suggestions for Rick Riordan, Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Dork Diaries. I’ve already purchased lots of those).

Once again, on behalf of all of the students and staff at Teston Village Public School, a special thank you to Terry Jordan, the Woodbridge staff solicited donations and Chapters-Indigo for the Adopt a School program and their generous #givingtuesday donation.

I’ll share more updates on our book purchases here soon!

Kathy Kacer Author Visit – September 30

Kathy KacerAs part of a special event for 10 YRDSB schools, Kathy Kacer will be visiting Teston Village Public School on the morning of September 30 to talk to grade 6, 7 and 8 students about her newest book Stones on a Grave. This book is part of the new Secrets series from Canadian authors Kelley Armstrong, Vicki Grant, Marthe Jocelyn, Nora McClintock, Teresa Toten, and Eric Walters. Five of these authors will be visiting two YRDSB schools each on the 30th and in the evening Aurora Grove Public School will host a free event beginning at 7:00 pm, where students from the 10 schools can come and meet all five authors (Kacer, Armstrong, Grant, Walters and Toten). This would be an amazing opportunity for some of the avid readers who have been coming to visit me in the Learning Commons. In addition to her recent book she will talk about the process of collaborating with six other authors, the Second World War, and the Holocaust.

There are audio samples of one chapter from each of the books on the series website. The book “Stones on a Grave” itself will not be released until September 29th. You can also download sample chapters for iBooks in iTunes.