​​Learning Commons at the CBE

Today’s learners cannot imagine life without the internet and supporting technology. The concept of the traditional library is changing to include technology, online tools and spaces for collaboration and exploration.​​​

Learning Commons / Library

Our Learning Commons

The Learning Commons is a focal point of McKenzie Highlands School and will be actively used by students throughout the day to complete and extend classroom learning tasks as well as pursue personal interests. The Learning Commons support a diversity of learning styles and provides access to a variety of physical and digital resources and technology. The Learning Commons represents “a shift in thinking from a library as physical space that is a repository of books, to an inclusive, flexible, learner-centered, physical and/or virtual space for collaboration, inquiry, imagination and play to expand and deepen learning.” (Alberta Education, 2015, Guide to Education, p. 77.) 

Learning Commons Newsletter-  November Edition

Welcome to our Learning Commons Newsletter.  Check in each month to find out what activities are happening in our space.  There will be monthly genre highlights, contests, and a few laughs along the way. 


Genre Of The Month-  War Stories

With Remembrance Day in mind, our Learning Commons will highlight war stories through the month of November.  Historical Fiction novels are a valuable tool for developing a better understanding for what others have been through.  These are some of the most popular titles in our collection. Click on the title to see the synopsis on Goodreads website.  

War Stories

By Gordon Korman

I am David

By Anne Holm

The Boy In The Striped Pajamas

by John Boyne

The Girl In The Blue Coat

by Monica Hesse

War Dogs

By Rebecca Frankel

Hidden Like Anne Frank

By Marcee Prins

What's New?

Our collection is now genrified!  What does this mean?  All the books are now located in section within their genres.  Are you looking for a scare?  No problem!  All of the scary books can be found on their own creepy little area.  Do you want a laugh, but have read through the Wimpy Kid books 15 times each?   If you want to find something different but equally funny, there are lots to choose from and you can now find them on the LOL Shelf.  Here are all the genres that you will find in our collection.

Fantasy, Science Fiction, Survival/ Adventure, Personal Struggles, Relationships, Animal stories, Historical Fiction, War Stories, Scary Stories, Sports stories, Humor and Mysteries.

Litwin's LOLs 

Ed: Did you read that new science fiction book about gravity?

Fred:  Yes.  I couldn't put it down! 

Scholastics Book Fair

We are having a book fair this year and the students are very excited.  Our fair will run during the week of December 5-9.  This is a wonderful fundraiser for our school, as it earns free books that are added to our collection.  Further details will be coming soon.

Coming Soon!

The "Favourite Book Finder" is coming soon to this newsletter.  Take the fun questionnaire to lead you to a customized list of titles that are a perfect fit for your reading tastes.  Perhaps you like books that are a mix of fantasy and humor? Then we have a list for you.  Maybe you prefer romantic stories that are set in dystopian futuristic societies?  We have you covered!  Check back regularly for some great suggestions. 

Why Read?

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.....The man who never reads lives only one."

-  George R.R. Martin, Novelist.

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