School Programs & Services - Current Offerings

The following is a list of the programs and services currently offered for school-based classes at SPL.

Interactive Storytime

Suitable for: Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 2
Time: 90 minutes (this includes time for kids to browse the library's collection after the formal program)
Available at: Any library or your school

A lively and engaging storytime program filled with stories (read and told), songs, rhymes and more!

Curriculum Points Covered

  • Listen to and comprehend a variety of grade-appropriate texts in a variety of forms (oral, print and other media).
  • Identify what good viewers, listeners and readers do.
  • Help children actively seek to understand the world around them and to learn about life and language.
  • Give students opportunities to use their intuition and imagination to explore alternative worlds and possibilities.
     

Community Circles

Suitable for: Kindergarten to Grade 2
Time: 90 minutes (this includes time for kids to browse the library's collection after the formal program)
Available at: Any library or your school

What part do you play in your community? In this program we'll explore Indigenous perspectives and students will listen to told stories, help with a puppet show and join a circle of community. 

This program is available at any library or we can come to your school. If taking place at the Frances Morrison Library, the program happens in the Meeting Room on the Lower Level, then we'll go upstairs to borrow books in the Children's Area. 

Curriculum Points Covered

  • Kinship patterns of the past and present.
  • Actions in the family, classroom and on the playground that support peace and harmony.
  • Listen to and comprehend a variety of texts to retell the sequence and key points.
     

Modern Fables

Suitable for: Grades 3 to 5
Time: 90 minutes (this includes time for kids to browse the library's collection after the formal program)
Available at: Frances Morrison Library

Through the medium of shadow puppetry, this program highlights texts and narration. We use audience participation in story-building. The program also features an original story by award-winning Cree/Dene artist and author Carol Rose GoldenEagle (Daniels).

Curriculum Points Covered

  • Storytelling
  • Indigenous stories & cultural diversity
  • Roles in drama work
  • Exploring themes of connecting to the land
     

Book Talks

Suitable for: Grades 4 to 12
Time: 90 minutes (this includes time for kids to browse the library's collection after the formal program)
Available at: Any library or your school

Get excited about reading! Students will be introduced to a variety of fiction and non-fiction books. We’ll present reading level appropriate titles, including can’t-miss classics and new page turners.

Curriculum Points Covered

  • Listening purposefully to understand, respond, and analyze oral information and ideas from a range of texts
  • Read independently and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of informational texts. 
  • Read grade-appropriate texts to increase fluency and expression.
  • Using language to express a range of information and ideas.
     

Search Smart: Information Literacy Online

Suitable for: Grades 7 to 12
Time: 30 to 90 minutes (depending on the number of modules chosen)
Available at: Any library or school with computers or laptops available for practice

This course teaches students about finding and evaluating information online. You can tailor it to the needs of your class by selecting two or more of the 30-minute modules below.

How to Search

Module 1: Getting to Know the SPL Catalogue

Module 2: Learning the SPL Databases and Digital Resources

  • Teachers can look at our list of digital resources and pick up to three databases/resources to cover. Teachers can repeat this module more than once with the same class if they want to cover more resources.
  • If teachers don’t want to pick, the librarians will default to Encyclopedia Britannica and Canadian Encyclopedia.

Module 3: Tailor the Presentation to Your Search Topic

How to Evaluate Online Resources

Module 4: What is Fake News? How to Identify Reliable Information

Module 5: Evaluating Social Media

Module 6: A Critical Look at Google/Wikipedia

Module 7: Tailor the Presentation to Your Search Topic