About mrsvandusen

Library Technician at Red Lake District High School in Red Lake, Ontario.

Library Camouflage

I would dearly love to own some clothing like this!

Not that I am trying to hide or anything, it just suits my Geeky sensibilities!
Library fashion camo

Librarian In Library Dress GIF from Librarydress GIFs

This is a gif made from an episode of Mr. D – the crazy CBC comedy about an incompetent teacher with illusions of grandeur.  (Link) It’s like if Trump was teaching school — but actually not even that bad!  This character is Miss Terdie the librarian, whom Mr. D. dislikes immediately because he thinks she is trying to steal his name. (You might have to say their names one after the other… get it?)  This outfit was Miss Emma Terdie’s choice for her staff photo!

I must have been thinking of this because it’s going to be picture day in the library again soon.  February 5 and 6 the library will be closed for Grad photos.  Retakes take place on the morning of February 5th only.

Keeping smiling!



Wishlist Donations!

This morning I found a box from Amazon.ca in my mailbox.  Hmm, I didn’t order any books, I thought.  I was hoping perhaps I had received a donation from the Library Wishlist, but also trying not to be too optimistic.  Now I am almost wishing I had filmed the unboxing because I had two, make that three,  very nice surprises.

The first was that yes, they were donations for our library.  The second one was that there were three books, not just one (which would have been lovely too!).  The third (and most surprising) was that they were from my daughter!  She certainly knows how to make her mama happy!

The books are:  The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury (a classic that I was very sad not to see on our shelves);  The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, (a Canadian classic and very timely right now) ; and Girl Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular, by Mayim Bialik (who is a Ph.D and is also known as Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory).

I can easily see why my girl made these choices, after all, she has a Masters Degree in Science, and she is also an independent, strong-willed, successful woman.  But I thought I would ask her anyway.  Her response was that she couldn’t resist the chance to inspire students with a passion for science and feminism.

Here is one student who is already eager to read at least one of these books!

Donated books- Hailey likes one

Hailey can’t wait to read The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood.

New FNMI Resources

FMNI grant books

Here are some new First Nations books we were able to add to our library collection.

Last spring I was able to access some funds from an Equity & Inclusive Education Fund grant available from our school board.  I was also able to buy new books with an LGBT theme. (Perhaps I will post about those titles later).

I was very grateful for the extra funding as my library budget is hardly able to afford any new books at all.  There have already been several books signed out from the display!

I would like to thank Cynthia Seitz for her help in accessing the grant.  She is a great supporter of our school libraries!

Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Poem in your pocket day 2017This year the poems we gave out were written by a former student who graduated our High School in the early ’80s.  Eleonore Schonmaier is an award winning poet who has three volumes of her collected works in print and some poems have even been set to music!

Students and teachers at RLDHS should be very proud to have such an accomplished poet find her beginnings in our little neck of the woods.  She has come a long way from the small town of Madsen in Northwestern Ontario and now divides her time between Nova Scotia and The Netherlands.

For a taste of Eleonore’s thoughtful, beautiful and powerful words, please follow this link to her blog. https://eleonoreschonmaier.com/

New Social Studies Curriculum

A big box of curriculum documents landed on my desk last week. After handing them around to the teachers, cataloguing a few for the library collection, and storing the remainder in the Book room, I took a moment to have a look at one of them.

2013 edition

2013 edition

I wondered — what are the main differences between this curriculum update and the older one? Here is a great source I found for the answer. It’s the blog for the Ontario Elementary Social Studies Teachers’ Association (OESSTA).  They are looking for new members!  Why not join and keep up-to-date on all the new information? http://www.oessta.blogspot.ca/