Novel Sets for Children and Teens
The McLaughlin Branch Children’s and Youth Services department now has sets of novels which may be borrowed by book clubs or for classroom study.
Novels sets are checked out for the regular three week loan period and may be renewed. You may also ask for an extended loan period of six weeks.
See our list of available Novel Sets.
Please enquire at 905 579-6111 ext. 5233.
Battle of the Books 2013
Let the battle begin! The Battle of the Books is a fabulous partnership between public libraries and schools in Durham Region!
If you want to motivate students who enjoy reading; get a team together and match wits with some of the best readers in town or even across the Durham Region. Registration begins mid-September.
Each year in April, the "Battle of the Books" teams from each school meet for the Semi-Battle competition. The top three teams from each division go on to the Final Battle to compete for gold, silver and bronze medals. The gold medal winners are awarded a trophy for their school and go on to compete in the Regional Championship.
The Battle of the Books is hosted at two levels: the junior division is for students in grades 4 - 6 and the senior division is for students in grades 7 and 8.
The results of the 2013 Battle of the Books can be found here: http://www.bookbattle.ca/yearResults.php
Here are the official rules & booklists for the 2013 competition:
Not enough funds to purchase books for your school library? Oshawa Public Libraries orders multiple copies of each title. See www.bookbattle.ca for more information or contact Alison McCullough, Children's Librarian, at 905-579-6111 ext. 5256 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Story boxes are intended for use by adult staff in a learning environment with a group of up to twenty children from birth to 6 years.
Each story box contains 10 picture books and a list of 10 more, lots of information books, 10 rhymes and fingerplays, a CD with at least one theme-related song, a craft sample with instructions, hands-on items, and extension activities that invite further exploration of the theme.
The themes are:
|All About Me||Counting|
|Clothes||Frogs, Turtles and Snakes|
Story boxes are available for pick-up at McLaughlin Children’s Services. They may be borrowed for three weeks. You may have one story box checked out at a time.
If you are a daycare worker, it is recommended that story boxes be borrowed using an Organizational membership card. There is no charge; an application form must be completed and signed by a person authorized to accept responsibility for materials borrowed.
Story boxes contain many items. We ask for your care and attention to ensure everything comes back together and in good shape for the next users.
To reserve a story box, please click here or contact McLaughlin Children's Services at 905 579-6111, extension 5233.
School and Group Visits to the Library
Book your classes now for guided tours, story times, and library orientation sessions with library staff. Your students may apply for library cards, borrow books, listen to book talks and stories, develop their research skills, and learn how to use the library’s computer catalogue. We look forward to sharing the Library with you and your class. Please note that a minimum of two weeks notice is required to book a class visit.
For details and bookings, please call your local branch of the Oshawa Public Libraries:
For McLaughlin Children’s Library, call (905) 579-6111 ext. 5256
For Northview Branch, call (905) 579-6111 ext. 5870
For Jess Hann Branch, call (905) 579-6111 ext. 5860
For Legends Branch, call (905) 579-6111 ext. 5802
We’ll Come to You!
The Oshawa Public Libraries offers outreach programmes to schools, including story times, book talks, theme presentations, and more to support your focus on literacy and learning.
Is your school having a Family Reading Night or other literacy activity? Is your Mum & Tot circle having a special event? We will be happy to join you with books and stories, booklists, and paper game takeaways for any age children. Invite a librarian to your classroom today! Please note that a minimum of two weeks notice is required.
|McLaughlin Branch||Northview Branch|
|65 Bagot Street||250 Beatrice Street E.|
|Tel: (905) 579-6111 ext 5256||Tel: (905) 579-6111 ext 5872|
|Email: email@example.com||Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jess Hann Branch||Legends Branch||199 Wentworth Street W.||1661 Harmony Road N.|
|Tel: (905) 579-6111 ext 5862||Tel: (905) 579-6111 ext 5805|
|Email: email@example.com||Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
Library Books in Your Classroom
Teachers and school librarians are invited to check out a deposit of books for the classroom or daycare centre. Picture books, novel sets, non-fiction to enrich your students’ investigation of a topic are all available. Two weeks notice is required if you wish staff to put together materials on a specific theme or subject.