Sunday, June 10, 2018



With summer just around the corner, we hope you take the opportunity to enjoy many great books and reading opportunities.

10. Visit your local Library.  
The Burlington Public Library has 7 Branches spread throughout Burlington:
Central, Aldershot, Alton, Brant Hills, Kilbride, New Appleby and our local branch Tansley Woods.

9. Visit a Library where you are vacationing.  

8. Download a book from the HDSB Overdrive catalogue.  
Did you know that the Overdrive Summer Reads collection offers unlimited access?  
All you need is your Library card.

7. Download the Hoopla app through the Burlington Public Library.  
Did you know you can access movies, music and books 24/7?
Check out Hoopla and many more resources here:

6. Check out the “Find a Book” section in the “Library Links” of the FM Library website:

5. Pick a new series to read.

4. Join the Burlington Public Library Summer Reading Program.  
Find out more infomation here:

3.  Try some of the awesome websites in HDSB’s Elementary Internet Tools page.  
Some of our favourite include BookFlix, Power Knowledge and PebbleGo.
You can access these quality sites here:

2.  Read a comic or Graphic Novel.

1. Read to someone:  a friend, Grandma, Grandpa. brother, sister, pet.

On behalf of the FM Library I want to wish everyone a fantastic summer full of fun and relaxation.  
By reading lots of great books over the summer you’ll be off to a great start in September.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

What can I do with my Library Barcode?

This week our Grade 4 - 8 students are receiving a sticker with their Library barcode information and their Halton District School Board login printed on it.  They are encouraged to put it in a safe spot.    Student's HDSB logins can be used to access a plethora of resources from the HDSB Elementary Internet Tools website.  Some of the highlights include the following:

-Google Apps for Education
-Britannica School
-Canadian Points of View
-Gale Power Search
-Jobs People Do
-PebbleGo Animals
-PebbleGo Social Studies
-Power Knowledge Earth & Space
-Power Knowledge Physical Science
-Power Knowledge Life Science
-Access Learning
-Naxos Music Library

Students can also use their HDSB Library barcode to access the HDSB Digital Library.  To learn more visit the Audiobooks/Ebooks section of our Library website.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Mr. Cann.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

FM Library Fall Update 2017

The FM Library is in full swing for the 2017-2018 school year. We have been learning how to take care of our books and how to keep our books organized in the Library by using our Magic Shelf Markers. Our Kindergarten to Grade 5 students have been enjoying their weekly scheduled Library visits and our Grade 6 - 8 students have completed their Library Orientation. Please encourage your child to return their Library materials in a timely manner. Here is our weekly Book Exchange schedule for your reference:

A huge thank you to our Library Volunteers this year: Mrs. Knight (Monday), Mrs. Chorpitta & Mrs. Baldock (Tuesday), Mrs. Hart (Wednesday), Mrs. Ang (Thursday), and Mrs. Lulich (Friday). We couldn't do all the great things we do without our wonderful parent volunteers. A huge thanks also goes out to all of our Birthday Books Club supporters. Thanks to your generosity, the FM Library has hundreds of additional books for FM students to enjoy.

The Library is open Monday to Friday during periods 1 and 2 for all students. The books have been flying of the shelves and we are excited to see everyone reading and enjoying our Library space. If you have any questions please send me a quick email ( or feel free to call the school. Thank you for your continued support as we encourage our students on their journey of learning.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Junior/Intermediate Summer Slammin’ Literacy Resources

Junior/Intermediate Summer Slammin’ Literacy Resources

Welcome to FM’s Summer Slammin’ List for suggested literacy resources.  Please set a literacy goal for yourself this summer and go for it!  All the following resources are available, for free, through the Halton District School Board and the Burlington Public Library.  Be sure to visit any Burlington Public Library branch to get a free BPL Library card before the summer starts.

Finding a great book to read can be a challenge.  Luckily, we can access Novelist through the Burlington Public Library.  Click the following link and enjoy the adventure of finding a great books:

Orca Book Publishers have a number of high interest, low-vocabulary titles that students of varying reading levels can enjoy.  Check out their website below:

Be sure to check out popular Orca Books by Eric Walters, Sigmund Brouwer and Ted Staunton.

Have a look at some of these popular Graphic novels:

Big Nate
Stephan Pastis
Studio Ghibli

Both the Halton District School and the Burlington Public Library have extensive audiobook and ebook collections through Overdrive.  Use your Library barcode numbers to access both:

Did you know more content can be accessed through the HDSB catalogue?  Just be sure to “Limit by” “ebook/audiobook” or “streaming video”.  Click here for more digital goodness:

Have fun accessing the HDSB’s Elementary Internet Tools all summer long.  Many great products can be accessed using your HDSB network login including:  
-Britannic School
-Pebblego Animals
-Pebblego Science

The Burlington Public Library also has a wide variety of online content that can be accessed using your BPL Library card through the BPL eContent page.  Some highlights include:

-Power Knowledge

Did you know that the Burlington Public Library has its very own streaming service?  Access movies, TV shows, audiobooks, and music 24/7.  Go to the BPL eContent page, scroll down to Hoopla, and sign up for your free account today using your BPL Library Card.

By Mrs. Stafford & Mr. Cann

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Freedom over me: Eleven slaves, their lives and dreams brought to life

February is Black History Month.  To commemorate the event, our Junior classes looked at "Freedom over me:  Eleven slaves, their lives and dreams brought to life" by Ashley Bryan.  "Freedom over me" is a collection of eleven different fictional stories that the author creates around the very real Fairchild's Estate Appraisement from 1828.  In the Appraisement, the prices of the estate slaves are listed alongside horses and handmills:  One Bay Mare $100, One Handmill $1, One Negro Man named Bacus $250.  In a very unique way, Ashley Bryan adds a very human face and story to the human property of the Fairchild's Estate.  Each story is divided into 2 parts: a fictional account of their life and their dreams for the future.  Vivid illustrations combine with compassionate accounts of real lives from a time when slave ownership was a reality.  "Freedom over me" is an exceptional work of children's literature and not to be missed.