Thursday, December 18, 2014


I would like to wish everyone a fun, safe and relaxing holiday season with your friends and family.

While the holidays can be very busy, it can also be a very special family time.  I know I will be taking some time to read some good books with my children. 

While the FMLibrary is closed until the New Year, have a look at some of the fantastic online resources that are available.  BookFlix is one of my favourites and it can be accessed using your HDSB username and login at home.  Just visit Elementary Internet Tools and click on the BookFlix link:

I have also gathered a variety of websites that have many great books that you can enjoy at home.  Have  a look here:

Have a wonderful holiday and we will see everyone in 2015! 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November 2014 FM Library Update

Lots has been happening in the FMLibrary so far this school year.

Grade K to 4 classes have been visiting the Library on a weekly basis and have been enjoying a variety of seasonal stories.  For a quick reminder of  FM Library Book Exchange days be sure to check out the FM Library calendar.

Our Homework Club is in full swing again for our Grade 6 to 8 students and happens on Tuesdays @ 1st Break (thanks Mrs. Klimkowski) and Wednesdays @ 1st Break (with Mr. Cann).  Come on down to the Library for a relaxed place to complete your homework in a supportive atmosphere.

We are looking forward to our annual Scholastic Book Fair this coming Monday, November 17th.  The Book Fair will be open the evening of Thursday, November 20th and the morning of Friday, November 21st for students to come down and browse/purchase with their parents.  Check the @FMLibrary Twitter feed for the latest information.

We plan on continuing many FM Library programs this year:  Read and Relax, Forest of Reading Clubs, Battle of the Books and more!

Monday, June 16, 2014



We have had an awesome year here in the FM Library.  Thousands of books were signed out every month and it was amazing to see all of the students here @florencemeares enjoying reading.  A HUGE thank you goes out to all of the amazing volunteers here @FMLibrary:  Mrs. Solomon, Mrs. Jarvis, Mrs. Varasso, Mrs. Bancroft, Mrs. Chorpitta, Mrs. Mowder, Mrs. Johnstone, Mrs. Hammill and all of our other volunteers.  Your hard work makes the FM Library the special place it is!

Don't forget to READ during the summer!  Whether you love picture books, manga, comics, chapter books, magazines, newspapers, or whatever, keep practising those reading skills over the summer.  Guaranteed, if you read during the summer your reading will be off to the races when you come back to school in September.

Here is the FM Library Summer Reading Top Ten for 2014!

10. Check out Britannica Online and PebbleGo for fun facts and interesting information about your favourite animals.

9. Visit the website of a favourite author.  Their websites can be filled with hidden golden nuggets of great online content (hint Robert Munsch).

8. Like to read but short on funds?  Check out Garage Sales and Thrift Stores for inexpensive books that are just like new.

7. Have no money but like to read?  Visit the BPL for free books that you can borrow.  BPL will let you borrow a stack of books for free!  Just remember to return them on time or you'll be charged $$ for overdues.

6. Participate in the BPL Summer Reading program.

5. Check out an audiobook and listen to your favourites as you enjoy the outdoors.  The Overdrive app is free and works great.

4.  Mr. Ferguson suggests reading "Oh The Places You'll Go!" for a picture book and "Hunger Games" for a chapter book.  Also, check out Ms. Fink's Hot Reads.

3. Going on vacation?  Visit the local Library.  One of my favourites is here :)

2. Have a portable device like an Android or iOS tablet?  They are perfect for online books.  Tumblebooks, Bookflix, and Mr. C's Find A Book are perfect for your portable devices and great for bedtime stories.

1. Make family time Reading Time.  Read to your brother, sister, mom, dad, grandma or grandpa.  No only will you keep your reading sharp, but you will also be working on your oral speaking and presentation skills.

Have a wonderful fun, safe, and restful summer and we'll see everyone back @FMLibrary in September:)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


We have been having an outstanding winter this year with lots cold weather and lots of snow.  This week we have been enjoying "Pip and Posy the Snowy Day" by Axel Scheffler.  Pip and Posy celebrates winter fun and getting along with others.  After a disagreement about what their snowman should look like, Pip and Posy need a reminder about how to get along with friends.  Our Kindergarten friends know exactly how to solve their problems (i.e. use your words, ask an adult for help).  In the end Pip and Posy are the best of friends.   This book is perfect for primary students and as always, Axel Scheffler's illustrations are outstanding.