Canada Reads encourages critical thinking… 

It’s another CanadaReads season. The roots of ‘KSSreads’, our school library blog, can be found in the pioneer years of CanadaReads. Some of our Lit a Circle projects in our classrooms borrow elements of the CanadaReads model. 

Celebrate literature, critical thinking and the book club by visiting one of the program’s platforms. The web site has previews, author bios, celebrity defenders pieces , previous nominees and winners and more… The concept of people across a huge nation like Canada, sharing a dialogue about good books is such a testimony to a healthy culture. Radio, TV, Web, social media all at once, Canadians are talking books… Browse and consider reading one of the titles and join the conversation. 🙂 Thank you CBC for sponsoring. The world is watching in shock. 🙂 Crazy Canucks! 

What is the one book to break barriers? That’s the question host Wab Kinew will be asking for the 14th edition of CBC’s battle of the books.

Canada Reads 2015 is all about books that can change perspectives, challenge stereotypes and illuminate issues. The debates take place March 16-19.(CBC)

Canada Reads takes place March 16-19, 2015. Here’s how you can tune in:


10 a.m. ET. video livesteam on
On-demand video will be available each afternoon

11 a.m. local time (11:30 a.m. in NFLD) on CBC Radio One
8 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. in NFLD) on CBC Radio One
A podcast will be available to download each afternoon

4 p.m. local time on CBC Television
7 p.m. ET on documentary Channel
9 p.m. PT on documentary Channel

AVIDreaders Club- long list vote

It’s that season again. The KSS AVIDReaders book club. It’s not too late to join.
The club is a volunteer, recreational reading group that runs until June. We meet for group luncheon monthly. You only need to read one title per month and your degree of discourse, reviews, speaking, is up to each student. The more group sharing or even debating makes the experience fun. You can contribute anytime through this blog with the tag- #avidreaders , Tweet #avidreaders , or FB/Ksslibrary

Download/Read/vote …


Attached to your members’ email is a PDF file of a power point that I created that gives you the cover, the author information, tone, subjects, etc. I have not included reviews or detailed story lines. It is up to you to vote for your top 10. You can only vote once for each book.

You need to send your 10 choices back to me in 48 hours–….I need your name and your choices. Try to vote for one in each category-but do not vote for all dystopic novels. Try to pick one non fiction (could be a memoir or biography or something that is based on the truth). Ultimately, we want varied themes and levels of reading.

Look at summaries, reviews, Novelist–anything that gives you enough background information (if you have not already read the book) to help you make those difficult decisions. It is not too late to suggest another title for the next round of reading. – Ms Bede, Teacher-Librarian

Failure is an option…

We often celebrate the flashy successes of human endeavour but behind all the ticker parades is the relentless willingness to fail over and over until a breakthrough occurred. Scientist Robert Goddard, crashed and blew up hundreds of early rockets idea. He ignored public ridicule and frustrated friends and family yet persistence -grit- prevailed. I think we can all celebrate failure as long as we embrace grit as much as glory.

Another step forward for academia would be educators and leaders to nurture the value of reading, including fiction. We assume reference materials make us ‘smart’ but especially with internet databases, it is the reading of fiction that can deliver outcomes like imagination, empathy, and a sense of grit or desire. Goddard again is an example because he began his pursuit of rocket design in his youth after reading HG Wells’ War of the Worlds. , etc. He was an unhealthy frail youngster who fell behind in school yet he became a learned man and inventor. One support in his education path was reading and more reading. The indirect education benefits of reading is an intimate ‘personalized learning’ all educators should include in curricula and classroom practice. Instruction only is not enough.

Read War of the World by HG Wells. The original ‘steampunk’
Or at your local school library

Goddard’s work as both theorist and engineer anticipated many of the developments that were to make spaceflight possible. He has been called the man who ushered in the Space Age…Two of Goddard’s 214 patented inventions — a multi-stage rocket (1914), and a liquid-fuel rocket (1914) — were important milestones toward spaceflight. His 1919 monograph A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes is considered one of the classic texts of 20th-century rocket science….
He became interested in space when he read H. G. Wells’ science fiction classic The War of the Worlds when he was 16 years old.[17] His dedication to pursuing space flight became fixed on October 19, 1899. The 17-year-old Goddard climbed a cherry tree to cut off dead limbs. He was transfixed by the sky, and his imagination grew. ….. The young Goddard was a thin and frail boy, almost always in fragile health. He suffered from stomach problems, pleurisy, colds and bronchitis, and fell two years behind his classmates. He became a voracious reader, regularly visiting the local public library to borrow books on the physical sciences…. (Wikipedia)


“H.G. Wells” – Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 19 Nov. 2014.
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Wells, H. G., and Patrick Parrinder. The War of the Worlds. London, England: Penguin, 2005. Print.

“The War of the Worlds (radio Drama).” – Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 19 Nov. 2014.

Word of the week.. Crepuscule

— (noun) In our list of interesting words, crepscule is defined as the twilight or dusk of the day. As the most romantic and significant period of day; it symbolizes the border between day and night. This period of partial darkness is the most breathtaking, extraterrestrial phenomenon human beings witness everyday. Nevertheless, crepuscule is a metaphor for all borders in life: the haziness of the day, the day’s end, and the uncertainty of the upcoming night, as well as life.

GIGIL – word of the day

“gigil [gee-guhl]”
— (noun) Gigil is an untranslatable Tagalog word, from the language of the Philippines, which has made it into our list of most beautiful feelings for its adorability factor. To experience gigil means to be overcome by a sudden urge to pinch or squeeze something/someone that is irresistably cute! We are surprise that there is not a word for this in every language, especially since most of us are fascinated by puppies, kitten, babies, and even our romantic partners. Next time you are overcome by gigil when you see your boyfriend/girl or puppy, remember with bliss and satisfaction that this emotion has not been wasted in the spectrum of sentiments. ()


By the books we call ours we will be judged…

Our books will bear witness for or against us, our books reflect who we are and who we have been, our books hold the share of pages granted to us from the Book of Life. By the books we call ours we will be judged.

Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

An underground railway by any other name: seven subway monikers explained | OxfordWords blog

150th Anniversary of the world’s first underground railway transit. London ‘Tube’

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the world’s very first underground railway, in London. As this revolutionary mode of transport caught on across the globe, locals dubbed their underground railways with unique titles.From the Tube in London, to the clockwork orange in Glasgow, find out more about the reasons behind these unusual nicknames by clicking the arrows on the images and reading the text below.(OED)

“Each time you open a book and read it,
A tree smiles knowing there’s life after death.”
*******************Al Smith*************************