Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

2020 TRCA Winner

The results are in! 145 votes were cast and the winner is Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson. In this YA thriller, author Jackson spins a tale of murder, neglect, and systemic racism, all told through the lens of a middle school aged girl. Jackson is also the author of Allegedly and Let Me Hear a Rhyme. Her fourth title, Grown, will be released on September 15, 2020.

As a result of Covid-19, we had to switch things up regarding the 2020 Teen Reader’s Choice Award. Because we understand the importance of literacy and the joy of reading, it was decided to continue with this year’s award program although in a different format. All five of the TRCA titles were available through various locations as ebooks or audiobooks and the voting period was also extended this year and made available online at our blog.

Voting ended on Saturday, June 6th, and CCRCE library staff is pleased to report that 145 students cast their votes. The results are as follows.

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson (45)
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier (43)
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell, illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks (26)
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe (18)
The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown (13)

CCRCE Library Services would like to extend a huge thank you to all participating students for making this program a great success regardless of the coronavirus epidemic. It couldn’t have happened without you!

Friday, May 8, 2020

While schools remain closed the Library Service Teen Reader’s Choice Award promotion continues digitally. A list of the availability of eBook and audiobook copies of the five featured books can be found on the TRCA blog. Students can cast their online vote by visiting the blog. The blog also contains linked lists of books similar to each TRCA book to keep students exploring their reading interests.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Tumblebook Resources


Tumblebooks is providing free access to a number of their digital resources until August 31st, 2020.

K-6 Children's ebook database
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K-6 math ebook database 
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Gr. 7-12 ebook database
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All Ages Audiobook Database
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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

SYNC begins this Friday -- Register NOW!

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. 

SYNC 2020 uses Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive. You don’t need to be affiliated with a school to use Sora with the SYNC program. You do not need an Overdrive account to use Sora. 

You can download the free Sora app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.  

Sora App
  • Each week login to Sora
  • Once you download the two books that are available, they are yours forever.
  • This program will start on 30 April 2020. Register now!

The first two books are Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson and The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours

The Gilded Age: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum ...

Looking to inject a little culture into your daily routine while confined at home. Thanks to technology, you can “go to the museum” and never have to leave your couch. While it would be wonderful to see these museums in person, this is a great alternative during these uncertain times. So sit back, explore, and enjoy.

British Museum, London

With a collection that totals more than 8 million objects, this iconic museum located in the heart of London,  has teamed up with the Google Cultural Institute to offer virtual tours using Google Street View technology. This virtual tour allows visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. You can also learn about a shark tooth sword and Kozo the double-headed dog.

Guggenheim Museum, New York

You don’t have to visit the Big Apple to get an up-close view of some of the priceless pieces of artwork inside the Guggenheim Museum. The museum makes some of its collections and exhibits available online for people who want to get a taste of what the museum has to offer, including works by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Paul Gauguin, and Jackson Pollock.

MASP, São Paulo

The Museu de Arte de São Paulo is a non-profit and Brazil’s first modern museum. Artworks placed on clear perspex frames make it seem like the artwork is hovering in midair. Take a virtual tour to experience the wondrous display for yourself.

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

You can virtually walk through this popular gallery that houses dozens of famous works from French artists who worked and lived between 1848 and 1914. Get a peek at artworks from Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, among others.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1937, the National Gallery of Art features two online exhibits through Google. The first is an exhibit of American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including many renderings of clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras. The second is a collection of works from Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.

National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

Built in 1964, this museum is dedicated to the archaeology and history of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic heritage. There are 23 exhibit rooms filled with ancient artifacts, including some from the Mayan civilization.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

One of Korea’s popular museums can be accessed from anywhere around the world. Google’s virtual tour takes you through six floors of Contemporary art from Korea and all over the globe.

Pergamon Museum, Berlin

As one of Germany’s largest museums, Pergamon has a lot to offer – even if you can’t physically be there. This historical museum is home to plenty of ancient artifacts including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and, of course, the Pergamon Altar.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Explore the masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt. Google offers a Street View tour of this iconic museum, so you can feel as if you’re actually wandering its halls.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Washington, D.C.’s National Museum of Natural History, one of the most-visited museums in the world, allows visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop or mobile device.

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

European artworks from as far back as the 8th Century can be found in this California art museum. Take a Street View tour to discover a huge collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts, and photographs.

The Louvre

The Louvre is not only one of the world’s largest art museums, but it’s also one of Paris’s most iconic historic monuments. The museum offers free online tours of some of its most important and popular exhibits, such as its Egyptian Antiquities. Make sure you check out the Advent of the Artist exhibit and discover various paintings and sculptures.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met is home to over 2 million works of fine art, but you don’t have to be in New York City to enjoy them. The institution’s website features an online collection and virtual tours of some of its most impressive pieces, including works from Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, and Giotto di Bondone.

The Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums feature an extensive collection of important art and classical sculptures. You can take a virtual tour of the museum grounds and iconic exhibits, including Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel.

Uffizi Gallery, Florence

This less well-known gallery houses the art collection of one of Florence, Italy’s most famous families, the de'Medicis. The building was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 specifically for Cosimo I de'Medici, but anyone can wander its halls from anywhere in the world.

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Anyone who is a fan of this tragic, ingenious painter can see his works up close (or, almost up close) by virtually visiting this museum – the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters.

Friday, April 24, 2020

5 National Parks Offer Virtual Tours

Kenai Fjords National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

You can still get your fill of the great outdoors even if you have to stay inside. Experience these five US national parks right from your couch.

Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

Kenai Fjords National Park covers an area of 669,984 acres on the Kenai Peninsula in south-central Alaska, near the town of Seward. The park contains the Harding Icefield, one of the largest ice fields in the United States. This virtual tour lets you explore glaciers, fjords, and icebergs located in the Alaskan wilderness. Descend into an icy crevasse, kayak through majestic icebergs, and even see how a glacier melts and the effects that climate change has on this frozen terrain.

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, established on August 1, 1916, is an American national park located in the U.S. state of Hawaii on the island of Hawaii. The park encompasses two active volcanoes. This virtual tour lets you explore the Nahuku Lava Tube, which is a cave formed by flowing lava, which can drain lava from a volcano during an eruption. On the tour, you can also enjoy the stunning view from the volcanic coastal cliffs, “fly” over an active volcano, and see the effects of an eruption from 1959. 

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an American national park in the Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico. On this virtual tour you can take a walk through the fascinating caverns, view incredible rock formations, and even see thousands of bats who live in the cave system. You can even “experience” life as a bat thanks to this park’s impressive simulation.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park is located in southwestern Utah. The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon, but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters.The Bryce Canyon area was settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1850s and was named after Ebenezer Bryce, who homesteaded in the area in 1874. This virtual tour centered on Sunset Point lets you enjoy the star-filled night sky from this Dark Sky certified national park, get up close and personal with the park’s unique rock formations, and even take a horseback ride through the canyon. 

Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

Dry Tortugas is a national park about 109 km west of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico. The park is noted for abundant sea life, tropical bird breeding grounds, colorful coral reefs, and legends of shipwrecks and sunken treasures. Thanks to this virtual tour, you can visit the Civil War-era Fort Jefferson, swim through the third largest coral reef in the world, and even take an exploratory dive into a shipwreck from 1907.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Reading Matters: Resource Links

Reading Matters – Bright Futures Joplin

Audible has made hundreds of titles available for free during the coronavirus pandemic. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet. No log-ins, passwords, or credit cards required. Log into audible, it's that simple.

Audiofile lets you download two free audiobooks each week. Beginning on April 30th, the program runs for thirteen weeks.   Whether you are new to SYNC or have used the program in the past, now is the time to register. This year's titles include The 57 Bus, Burn Baby Burn, Picture Us in the Light, and a 2020 TRCA title Monday's Not Coming.

Use the Libby app. Libby is a free app where you can borrow ebooks and digital audiobooks from your public library. All you need is an active library card from a Nova Scotia Public Library. The app is available for both android and apple users.

Check out TeenBookCloud, made available by Halifax Public Libraries. TeenBookCloud offers a large selection of Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, e-books, classic literature, audiobooks, and more.
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YouTube has some great audiobooks. I quickly found books by Neil Gaiman, Neal Shusterman, Suzanne Collins, and Rick Riordan. Books such as Animal Farm, Fahrenheit 451, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid are also available. Do you have younger siblings? Check out books by Roald Dahl, Mercer Mayer, Dr. Seuss and more. 

Friday, April 17, 2020

Get a Card

Good News! Halifax Public Libraries is offering temporary library cards to all Nova Scotia residents. Click on the logo for more information.

Brand New: New Logo and Identity for Halifax Public Libraries by ...

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Adolescent Outreach


As part of Mental Health and Addictions through the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Adolescent Outreach Services in Northern Zone Nova Scotia (Cumberland, Pictou, Colchester, and East Hants areas) is continuing to offer adolescents up to five supportive counselling sessions through telephone and virtual visits due to the developing and ongoing COVID-19 situation until May 4, 2020 (with the possibility of extension). 

Please click on the Nova Scotia Health Authority logo for more information.

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Monday, April 13, 2020

Saturday, April 11, 2020

A group of Harry Potter fans put together an online Wizarding World filled with an entire magical course directory, and it's completely free.

Run solely by a die-hard team of Potterheads, Hogwarts is Here allows you to enroll in realistic online courses.

🤩 Harry Potter - Hogwarts Day Póster, Lámina | Compra en ...

Have fun and enjoy!!!!!

Friday, April 10, 2020

Agriculture in the Classroom Nova Scotia

Welcome to Agriculture in the Classroom Nova Scotia! This program of the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture is on a mission to teach students where their food comes from, why agriculture is important to our province, and careers available in the sector. Teachers, parents and students are encouraged to monitor this page throughout the spring for interesting virtual learning experiences. In particular, our team will incubate some eggs and plant some seeds. Watch along with us to see what will happen!

If you would like to comment, provide feedback, or request additional resources and you are viewing this page without a Facebook account, please email us at ag.education@novascotia.ca

Nova Scotia Tartan Map by Foxberry Cottage Crafts
Learn about hatching chicks, planting a garden, spring lambing, and much more.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Google Classroom

A guide for CCRCE grade 4-12 students using Google Classroom.

Google Classroom Instructions - Indian Lake Schools

Monday, April 6, 2020

Mental Health Resources: Nova Scotia

Are you having difficulty coping during this pandemic? Please see the list of free resources compiled by the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. You are not alone.


Sunday, April 5, 2020

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Canada - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Goodnight With Dolly” will feature Dolly Parton reading a series of Imagination Library books all carefully chosen for their appropriate content at this moment in time.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020

Kid's Help Phone

Kid's Help Phone is always there for you. No matter what you want to talk about, they're here to listen, 24/7.

Need help now?
Start a confidential conversation with someone you can trust. 

Dealing With Loneliness: What To Say To An Isolated Teen

Call a counsellor at 1-800-668-6868

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

For up-to-date information about Novel Coronavirus (Covid- 19) in Nova Scotia please use the following link and stay informed.


COVID-19: modelling - Government of Nova Scotia, Canada

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Attention all CEC students! It’s time to participate in the ninth annual CCRCE Teen Reader's Choice Award. This year's top five books include a fictional field guide to American high school life as told by a black French Canadian; a mystery involving murder, neglect, and systemic racism; a smart full colour graphic novel set in a pumpkin patch; a fantastical historical novel filled with love and imagination; and a graphic novel that humanizes the Syrian refugee crisis.

Read any or all of these titles and share your thoughts on the Teen Reader's Choice Award blog!  Don't forget to follow the CCRCE community by using the hashtag #5ReasonstoRead2020.

Voting takes place May 4th to May 24th. You will be able to vote online or by paper ballot.

During the June 9th awards ceremony a draw will be held with the prize being a Coles gift card. This ceremony will take place at noon in the library. Students must participate in the TRCA to be eligible for the draw.