Happy New Year!

As you prepare for culminatings and exams, try to make some time for yourself to read for fun– we’ve got lots of new books and comics in the library for you to sign out and enjoy. Browse them in person or online — just click the “Catalogue” button to the right of this post!

Make a podcast in your library!

Making a podcast can be a fun and interesting way to share your learning.

If you are unfamiliar with podcasts, have a listen to a few to get a sense of how they work, like this one on athletes found on player.fm.

You can use  Audacity, a simple program that allows you to record and import audio, then edit it with really intuitive tools. You can access the Audacity tutorials for help getting started. This Youtube video will give you a good overview.

To plan your podcast, read this article.

Make a copy of this template (based on the article) and fill it out for your podcast plan.

Remember, when you’re making your podcast, don’t steal music!  For good sources of free and copyright-free tunes, check out

CC Mixter

Free Music Archive


Partners in Rhyme


Beyond Kahoot: Teacher Tech Talk

All about Google Forms: Library Orientation Survey and Literary Devices Quiz

Rebecca’s favourite tech: Having fun with get-to-know-you BINGO andTeacher Tech Talk Prizes at https://flippity.net/

Favourite resource: https://www.freetech4teachers.com/

Tanaz’s favourite tech: Poll Everywhere

Favourite resource:  Teacher Tech YouTube Channel (especially their video on Google Drive)

Amanda’s favourite tech: www.mentimeter.com and Yo Teach!


Poetry Podcasts

Find poems here:

Academy of American Poets (some good audio here too)

Poem Hunter

Poetry Foundation

And do research here:

League of Canadian Poets

Literary Reference Centre (get the password from Ms Green)

Britannica Online (same password as above)

Enjoy making your podcasts with Audacity, a free software that you can download at home (or access from a TDSB computer).

To learn more about how to make a podcast on Audacity, read this tutorial.

And here’s a poem from Nikki Giovanni:

(for Kelli Martin)

a Library Is:

a place to be free
to be in space
to be in cave times
to be a cook
to be a crook
to be in love
to be unhappy
to be quick and smart
to be contained and cautious
to surf the rainbow
to sail the dreams
to be blue
to be jazz
to be wonderful
to be you
a place to be
yeah… to be