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The Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading is “Canada’s largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers ten reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. The Forest…

Beth speaks with Wali Shah who is a spoken word poet, author, Tedx speaker and advocate for education. Wali speaks about the community that school provides and the changes that students are experiencing due to COVID and our current pandemic situation….

Beth speaks with Angela Stockman who is an educator, an author and a champion for the power of storytelling in its many forms. She has spent her career being curious about what makes writers struggle and how she could help push young writers to see…

Join co-host Beth Lyons as she explores how school library professionals are “leveraging their LLC” using the Canadian School Library graphic as a starting point for discussion. The panel discusses book circulation as we work to keep staff and…

Reflecting on the most “unprecedented” start of school ever. The co-hosts discuss what their roles are at the time of recording, the first weeks of learning and being back at school. A look at how we have been adapting to our roles- whether online or…

Alanna hosts Australian learning commons leader and educator Jennifer Cain @jennifercain26 as we talk about how she programs an entire week of experiential and participatory knowledge-building using competitive, collaborative and community activities,…

Alanna hosts our school library panel on the topic of instigating collaboration through instruction and building that cycle. Our coast-to-coast #CollaboNation panel of experts Lila Armstrong, Sonja Clark, and Leigh Borden strategize about their menu…

Alanna hosts Australian learning commons leader and educator Jennifer Cain @jennifercain26 as we talk about how she programs an entire week of experiential and participatory knowledge-building using competitive, collaborative and community activities,…

Alanna, Lisa and Beth unpack the 3rd and 4th quarters of the book revealing all! Spoiler alert! jump right into the second quarter of Emily St. John Mandel’s novel Station Eleven. We talk about the hallmarks of culture in the book versus the ones we…

Beth hosts Diana Maliszewski, Mona Cheema, Renee Shah Singh and Ketly Appleton to discuss the recent Twitter campaign launched by the Ontario School Library Association (OSLA) where school library professionals from across Ontario (and Canada!) are…

Beth explores what makes a good non-fiction text for primary to intermediate readers with fellow PDSB teacher librarian Toni Duval. Toni outlines her experiences on the selection committees for the OLA Forest of Reading program and the criteria used…

Read Into This co-host Beth Lyons, Ontario School Library Association (OSLA) Vice-President, and Jenn Brown (OSLA Past President) chat with Tim Boudreau and Connie Scott about the most recent #ONLibChat that was held on July 28th. The chat still…

Alanna hosts author and educator Jennifer Casa-Todd and we talk about her journey from being a fearful and reluctant parent of teens in regards to the use of social media, to blogging and using social media with her students, and now student voices on…

Alanna hosts author and reading advocate Eric “Momentum” Walters and chair of Canadian School Libraries Anita Brooks Kirkland as we dissect some of their year of passionate intention to increase reading engagement in K-12 students. Eric suggests…

Beth explores how podcasting has helped educators Pav Wander and Chey Cheney find their voice and work to share it with others. Chey and Pav are the co-hosts of The Staffroom Podcast and The Drive and have found that by sharing their voice and ideas…

Alanna, Lisa and Beth jump right into the second quarter of Emily St. John Mandel’s novel Station Eleven. In this episode we unpack some of the themes that are emerging and we are particularly drawn to Mandel’s use of memory and time with multiple…

Read Into This co-host Beth Lyons, Ontario School Library Association (OSLA) Vice-President chats with Jenn Brown (OSLA Past-President) about the recent #ONLibChat they facilitated that took place on June 25th and looked at the question- “How might…

Alanna, Lisa and Beth dive into the first quarter of the Emily St. John Mandel’s novel Station Eleven navigating the wicked discomfort, and juicy details about survival and finding civilization, or at least meaning, in a pandemic. We talk about our…

In this Long Story Short episode, guest host Lila Armstrong talks to Teacher Librarian Mary Morrow and Teacher Chelsea Badger about their Forest School programs. Lila’s guests share how they weave stories, poems, oral storytelling, Indigenous language…

Lisa, Beth and Alanna talk about learning and unlearning about racism personally and taking this learning into the professional realm. In this episode we start to unpack how to translate our reading into action. We talk about the real struggle of…

Alanna interviews Richard Beaudry, who currently chairs the Canadian Federation of Library Associations / Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) Intellectual Freedom Committee, representing Canadian School Libraries….

Laughs abound as Lisa Corbett is joined by her daughter Claire and they host author Amy Ludwig VanDerwater http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com/ Lisa asks Amy about Betsy the Writing Camper and all of the magical things that inspire this writer. Claire reads…

Alanna is joined by Shari Green, author of Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess, and middle grade educator Lisa Lewis to discuss how this book works to help talk about disability, ageism, and blended families. Lisa has a chance to bring in the…

Alanna speaks with teacher-librarian and researcher Amber Hartwell about the TPACK model and how the pandemic has reshaped the significance of having balance between technology, pedagogy and content. Amber emphasizes how this model from 2006…

Alanna hosts our school library panel on the topic of developing a school library collection collaboratively. Our coast-to-coast #CollaboNation panel of experts Lila Armstrong, Sonja Clark, and Leigh Borden covers really nerdy topics including: the…

Alanna speaks with author and blogger Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano [A Guide to Documenting Learning: http://langwitches.org/blog/2018/01/30/now-available-a-guide-to-documenting-learning/]
We uncover how the fluid nature of media needs to be taught in…

Alanna talks with Heather Buchansky, the Student Engagement Librarian at the University of Toronto Libraries, regarding the gap that exists in information literacy for students in their first year of post-secondary education. She was a part of a…

Heather Buchansky reads her paper from Treasure Mountain Canada called: Connections between campuses: Creating a collaborative OCULA/OSLA information literacy toolkit.

https://tmcanada.blogspot.com/p/tmc6-buchansky.html

Alanna talks with Beth Lyons about creating a maker culture in her school and making it fit her context. After a number of successful maker activities, Beth launched into making a Genius Cart which allows for easier management of materials,…

Elizabeth Lyons reads her paper from Treasure Mountain Canada called: Maker. Space. Inquiry. Place. What might be the connection?

https://tmcanada.blogspot.com/p/tmc6-lyons.html

Alanna hosts our school library panel on how working remotely as the teacher-librarian changes collaboration with staff. Our coast-to-coast #CollaboNation panel of experts Lila Armstrong, Sonja Clark, and Leigh Borden covers topics including: working…

Lisa Corbett hosts author and stand-up comic Michael McCreary. Michael focuses on how humour has brought light to his autism diagnosis and sharing through comedy is not only hilarious, it’s an advocacy piece for neurodiversity. Learning to navigate…

How does the digital fluency of teachers act on their willingness to innovate using technology? How can teachers be supported in their efforts to weave digital literacy into their teaching? In this episode, Lila talks with two Campbell River School…

Lisa, Beth and Alanna crack open Teaching Tough Topics by Larry Swarz and we uncover the intersections of own voices, gaps in publishing and how much I Read Canadian day has pushed our school literature collections. The pandemic is further…

Alanna talks with Rebeca Rubio about the shift from library to learning commons and how having a teacher in the role of programming for school libraries has allowed Richmond, British Columbia to make this shift. Yet the need for ongoing innovation…

Rebeca Rubio reads her paper from Treasure Mountain Canada called: Innovation Grants: Supporting Professional Learning and Collaborative Inquiry in the Library Learning Commons
https://tmcanada.blogspot.com/p/tmc6-rubio.html

What does work as a public librarian look like during a pandemic? How do you change your approach to client services with almost no lead time? Lisa Noble talks with two public librarians, Erin Kernohan Berning and Karen Bisschop, (one rural, one in a…

Alanna speaks with elementary teacher-librarian Jennifer Brown about her contribution to Treasure Mountain Canada school library research symposium this year: a website. Jennifer starts each year asking “How can I convince more of my colleagues to…

Alanna speaks with teacher-librarian Jonelle St. Aubyn and Leigh Cassel, founder and Chief Curation Officer of The Digital Human Library (https://www.digitalhumanlibrary.com/). Human libraries really help unlikely relationships to occur and they…

Beth talks with Trevor MacKenzie (author of Dive Into Inquiry, Inquiry Mindset) about how we honour our students as readers in schools. Whether that’s acknowledging the pace at which readers read, the note-taking style or the genre, recognizing the…

Greg Harris reads his paper from Treasure Mountain Canada called Participatory Learning through Phenomenon Based Learning: Moving from the Learning Commons into the Classroom
https://tmcanada.blogspot.com/p/tmc6-harris.html

Alanna hosts our school library panel on challenges and strategies for enticing your staff to planning. Our #CollaboNation panel of experts Lila Armstrong, Sonja Clark, and Leigh Borden. Topics today include scheduling for maximum collaboration,…

Beth, Lisa and Alanna continue to talk about these fine lines of building a collection for a wide range of school library readers. We wonder out loud about diversifying the collection and bringing in authentic voices in addition to teaching the…

Beth, Lisa and Alanna talk about building the collection for middle grade and young adult readers. We try to define the lines between readiness, readability and engagement for each level. How do you organize a collection with multiple ages? How do…

Guest host Lila Armstrong interviews Cathy Fowler @Cathyfowlersd72 and Robyn Russell @russellrobyn about how the Library Learning Commons can support Social Emotional Learning in all learners. The panel discusses how library activities, student choice…

Alanna talks with avid readers Fiona Ross and Rachel Siegel about books that helped transport them into new cultures. Both Fiona and Rachel find parallels in how these books allowed them to see new perspectives on gender roles, justice, mental health…

Alanna talks with Kasey about the paper and the need for a committee to develop more inclusive language in the Ontario School Library Association. Kasey reveals her rich educational journey and her reasons for choosing a library technician route…

Kasey Mallen Whalley reads her paper Collaborative Professionalism: Participatory Learning within the Ontario Library Association (OLA) By-Law 2 Consultation Committee
https://tmcanada.blogspot.com/p/tmc6-whalley.html

Alanna talks with secondary school educators Sarah Wheatley and Daphne Habib about how reading has “infused their worlds”. Whether sharing with a book club or with family, Daphne and Sarah agree that these formative books both include strong female…

Beth speaks with Stephen Hurley and Doug Peterson about how their habits have changed, and remained the same, through their careers in education and beyond, including memories of unusual locations where reading materials were purchased and which books…

Alanna hosts our first episode in this series on challenges and strategies for collaboration coast-to-coast in the school library. She is joined by our #CollaboNation panel of experts Lila Armstrong @Lila_TL_EWP in Campbell River, British Columbia,…

Alanna talks with Lisa about the paper and how being part of a selection committee helped give her a solid background for choosing books that would appeal to both children and adults. Lisa shares how her own family background fighting anti-Semetic…

Alanna speaks with authors Ann Y.K. Choi and David Albertyn, and reader/educator Fiona Ross, about their new project The Author’s Book Club which helps readers and authors to connect. This group is working hard to bring a virtual community together…

Lisa Lewis reads her paper Ignite a Lifelong Love of Learning: Create an intergenerational book club in your library learning commons and invite your community to explore the diverse world of the human experience…

Alanna talks with avid, lifelong readers Aviva Dunsiger and Ramona Meharg about books that greatly influenced them as Aviva and Ramona were also coming-of-age. Ramona explains how reading The Outsiders taught her a lot about the power of loyalty for…

Lisa Corbett hosts author Jesse Thistle and Ontario educators and book club members in this pre-recorded Zoom Meeting. Lisa asks Jesse about the issues and vulnerability displayed in this memoir. Thistle advocates that this book would be a great…

Lisa, Beth and Alanna explore some non-fiction topics, including graphic novels, and dig into whether the person who takes us to the library as kids (if someone did) makes a difference to what we read.

Shoutouts to our parents, and lots of amazing…

Pippa Davies reads her paper Exploring Digital Horizons within the Culture of the New Learning Commons
https://tmcanada.blogspot.com/p/tmc6-davies.html

Alanna talks with Krista Sarginson and Will Gourley about books that greatly influenced them as teens which were, coincidentally, both books by Canadian author Timothy Findley. Krista and Will share their circuitous journeys to teaching and the…

Garfield and Laura speak with Alanna about reconciling both backwards design and the double-helix approaches, and shifting to remote teaching without sacrificing pedagogy.

Shoutouts to Joanne Gibson.

Garfield Gini-Newman and Laura Gini-Newman read their paper Powerful Instruction and Powerful Assessment: The Double-Helix of Learning

https://tmcanada.blogspot.com/p/tmc6-gini-newman.html

Alanna hosts Lisa Corbett and her guest Karen Grose, author of her debut novel The Dime Box. Lisa asks Karen about the impetus for the novel and her writing process. Grose talks about the research she needed to do to accurately create the power…

Jane Dennis-Moore and Beth talk about photography making thinking visible. Jane explains how putting cameras into student hands helps them find their identities for communication especially once they’re taught to frame an image with intention. Jane…

Jane Dennis-Moore reads her paper If You Give a Kid a Camera: Participatory Visual Literacy in the LLC

https://tmcanada.blogspot.com/p/tmc6-dennis-moore.html

Pippa Davies, Director of Learning Commons, and her colleague Cynthia Duncalfe, Curriculum Consultant, speak with Alanna about increasing the impact of their digital library learning commons at Heritage Christian Online School. Innovative lessons in…

Alanna talks with Albert and Tim about books that greatly influenced them as teens. Both Albert and Tim talk about books that appealed to them because they were new Canadians. Albert discusses his choice: Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger which…

Alanna talks with Lisa Corbett about her spontaneous Twitter-based book club. The first book chosen was Jesse Thistle’s From the Ashes and Lisa lead a Twitter Chat and a Google Hangout with the author. Next book and podcast will be Karen Grose’s The…

Alanna talks with Colin Jagoe and Jim Pedrech about books that greatly influenced them as teens. Colin discusses his choice: Cosmos by Carl Sagan; and Jim talks about Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy (in four parts)….

Alanna talks with Beth and Lisa about books that influenced them from teens to adults. The memories flow as we talk about books for each stage of life (but especially for those ugly duckling times) and maybe how the classics belong in the past….

Beth explores the hierarchy of genres and how we as educators bring our own experiences as readers, the positive and the negative, into the classroom with guests Rolland Chidiac and Chris Cluff. How does reading lead to making, creating, learning, and…

Dr. Dianne Oberg and Alanna talk about collaborating on a research project attempting to track the impact of school library programs in Ontario as students move to post-secondary education, the difficulty of developing data, and observing global…

Dr. Dianne Oberg reads her paper Ontario School Library Impact Project (OSLIP): Information Literacy from High School to University

https://tmcanada.blogspot.com/p/tmc6-oberg.html

Melanie Mulcaster, Tina Zita, Mishelle Pitter-Adlam, Amanda Williams and Alanna talk about collaborating on a large scale project pairing picture books with coding across schools, learning to create culturally responsive collections, documenting…

Melanie Mulcaster, Tina Zita, Mishelle Pitter-Adlam and Amanda Williams read their paper #12daysbooksnbytes – Fostering Professional Participatory Learning Cultures with Literacy and Code https://tmcanada.blogspot.com/p/tmc6-mulcaster.html

Lisa, Beth and Alanna explore doing enough yoga to read in crisis, books that are too hard to read right now, books that feel like safe spaces, books that fill the spirit, and series you wish would never end.

Shoutouts to Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Kim…

Jonelle and Alanna talk about the paper, finding humans willing to be books, breaking down stigma for marginalised peoples, diversifying curriculum, and creating comfort for challenging conversations. Shoutouts to Melanie Mulcaster and Jael…

Jonelle St. Aubyn reads her paper The Human Library at the Louise Arbour Secondary School Library Learning Commons https://tmcanada.blogspot.com/p/tmc6-st-aubyn.html

Rabia and Alanna talk about the paper, and the importance of administration support for making real change with CRRP, tokenism, asset-based approaches to teaching culture, documentation of learning and supporting new teachers.

Beth and Alanna talk about the paper, transliteracy, change cycle theory, and learning to put your students’ success before curriculum. They explored the role of the LLC and TL in our current pandemic situation and the divide created by access to…

Diana and Alanna talk about the paper, and the finer points of student motivation (especially when it comes to reading), participatory learning, the Toronto Resource Fair, and measuring the impact of teaching critical thinking skills.

Diana Maliszewski reads her paper Toward an Understanding of the Impact of Youth Involvement in Purchasing Resources for the School Library Learning Commons and Issues of Equity in Participant Selection

Beth, Lisa and Alanna talk about reading podcasts, ALCS, libro.fm and everything in between.