Students & Parents

COVID-19 changes to library services for students of the Barrhead area

Due to the fluid COVID-19 Pandemic, schools & libraries across Alberta have closed. Keep watch below as we post ways to assist you with students at home.

  • Library eResources for Students Grade K-6

https://barrheadpubliclibrary.ca/eresources
We have expanded our school library cards to access several eResources online. PHRD students who were enrolled during the 2019-2020 year have a school card at the library. These cards were shared with your students teacher, if you would like to use them to access the eResources just contact your child's teacher and ask for the log-in credentials. These cards can access eResources such as; TumbleBooks, TumbleBookCloud Junior, TeenBookCloud, Solario World Books Online and Read Alberta eBooks.

If you have a child that is not a PHRD student and would like to access these eResources & more, just contact the library to setup a public membership. If you already have a public member you may already access all eResources.

  • Alberta Online Reference Centre (ORC)

http://www.learnalberta.ca/OnlineReferenceCentre.aspx
ORC is a tool normally available to teachers, by request, that can assist them with materials or ideas for teaching grades K-12. Now teachers, parents and students at home can access the ORC as long as you have an Alberta I.P. address, with no log-in, allowing for immediate access! Check out amazing resources such as Bookflix, PebbleGo Science, the War of 1812 Virtual Exhibition, and lots more for grades K-12.

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Welcome to another school year and more great opportunities to read with your children. All students have now received an orientation to the library and three important pieces of information: 

When are library books due?

Students will know which day is their library day. That is the day all books are returned and new books are checked out. Generally books are on loan for one week unless the student wishes to renew it. If your child doesn’t know which day their library day is, you may call the library at 674-8519 and ask to speak with Mr.Goldsmith. 

How to Care for Library Books

Please talk to your child about choosing a safe, dry place in your home to keep library books. A safe spot keep books from being accidentally damaged or lost. Students are required to pay to replace damaged and lost books, so it is important to keep them in a place safe from pets, younger siblings and food spills. A bookshelf or dresser may be a safe place; the kitchen counter or the floor is probably not.
 

Bag your book FIRST!

Library books only go in a backpack after books are first put in a plastic bag. The plastic bag protects library books from everything else that is inside a backpack – pens, food, wet clothing, and leaking juice boxes. Please assist your child in finding a clean, dry plastic bag to put their library books in. A sturdy grocery bag will work well. Help your child get into the habit of FIRST placing all library books inside a clean, dry plastic bag and then putting them in the back pack to protect the library’s books and your wallet. A new, sturdy bag is available at the school library desk for 25 cents.
 

Scholastic Book Fair

Book fairs are held twice a year in April and October. Look for more information in the April and October newsletters. Parents available to help with the book fair can contact Glenda at the library.
 

Articles:

27 books parents should read to their kids before they grow up. 
Tips and tricks to keep bedtime reading fresh and effective from birth to independent reading.

Have a totally awesome, reading-full school year everyone

 Mrs. Dickie and Library Staff