Author Archives: Shelagh Straughan

Plus there was Google cardboard swag

I’m halfway through a 2-day Google for Education conference (EdTech Team Eastern Ontario), the goal being to ensure that I’m as on top of my game as possible when school resumes after Labour Day for those of us up North. … Continue reading

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Playing book fairy

(Warning: I’ll be library-nerding hard here, it being a safe space to do so šŸ™‚ ) Oh, the thrill of connecting a reader with just the right book, at just the right time! I particularly enjoy making a literal connection; … Continue reading

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“We’ll see you soon, mate”

Like you, I’m done. Between the flurry of exams, graduation and end-of-year meetings, my brain is heading into hibernation. It doesn’t help that a ton of my wonderful library nerds graduated this year: However, a few days spent with colleagues, … Continue reading

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How about a high school book fair?

After watching our Junior School (Gr 5-8) Librarian, Sarah Torrible, host 2 very successful book fairs in partnership with Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge, Ontario, those of us in the Senior School (Gr 9-12) started wondering if we could pull … Continue reading

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One is not the loneliest number….

Shoutout to Shannon Acedo who reminded me of one of the (many) golden nuggets from #aislnola2017: reference to a wonderful fact from Katie Archambault & CD McLean’sĀ presentation, that a 10% increase is “substantial and verifiable..and so can be considered a … Continue reading

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Making the case for PD

Add me to the list of those fortunate to have attended #AISLNOLA. But what about those of you who weren’t there?Ā Not because of choice, but because of difficulty convincing your supervisor to invest in this PD opportunity? HereĀ are some tips … Continue reading

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A storyteller

Last week, Canada lost one of its most beloved storytellers: writer & broadcaster Stuart McLean, host of the seemingly perennial Vinyl CafĆ© , passed away leaving quite a legacy. For decades, people from all across our country – from small … Continue reading

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Strength and fortitude

Anyone else in the January doldrums? While the calendar tells me that we’re just back from the holidays, it feels like energy is low and spirits are lagging. It can be easy to get caught up in it – which … Continue reading

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Thank goodness for grads…

Like many of you, we have wonderfully supportive alumni. Ours celebrate their connection with our school is many ways: while the financial support of successful old boys & old girls is tremendously appreciated, there are smaller but still significant ways … Continue reading

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These are a few of our favourite things….

A few years ago, I had a meeting in a recently-renovated public library: it was a fresh, warm and welcoming space. However, the staff led a tour that was focused what they didn’t likeĀ – it was disheartening. I will not … Continue reading

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