Bayside’s Learning Commons:
Our New 21st Century Resource Centre
During the summer of 2013 the library underwent a major renovation including new carpet and paint and a reconfiguration of the furniture and resources. We are excited to debut our new space which is very much a 21st century Learning Commons!
The overall goal of Bayside’s Learning Commons is to help the 21st century learner to employ critical thinking skills when accessing a variety of resource materials. As well, we work hard to foster a love of reading and provide students with a variety of reading formats, including ebooks and kobo readers. In fact, students may now access Overdrive to choose from 120 ebook titles! Our facility is open from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. each day for quiet work, research and study. Computers are available for student use during MSIP and lunch hours. As well, students may borrow project kits and obtain Bristol board through the library. Bayside’s Learning Commons has a large variety of learning resources, both traditional print and computer based materials, including over 9, 000 print materials, 150 non-fiction ebooks, academic databases, and over 80 efiction titles. A teacher librarian is available for assistance in locating print and online information, teaching research skills and assisting with citation requirements. Print materials may be borrowed for a two week period and renewed as long as another patron has not put a reserve on the book. Fines for overdue books are assigned at a rate of ten cents per school day. Online resources can be easily accessed 24/7 through Bayside’s Virtual Library website. Students may read ebooks through this site, check out MLA/APA guidelines, and use academic research databases, including Britannica (both English and French), EBSCO, Teen Health and Wellness and Historica (both English and French).
Bayside has an active book club. We have a junior and senior branch and enjoy discussions on a variety of fiction, some chosen by students and some from the Forest of Reading’s White Pine choices. Check out the Book club page for information on book choices and upcoming meetings.
The teacher librarian is always available to provide assistance and instruction. Students are encouraged to come in at lunch for help. Students may also access all our resources by making an appointment to come and work during their MSIP.