A 21st Century Resource Centre
The mission of the Bayside Learning Commons (The L.C) is to provide a safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environment for all students. We 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 that can be borrowed virtually, via our Sora Lending Library, which is accessed on the Home page. In fact, students may now access Sora/Overdrive to choose from over 400 ebook titles from the comfort of home!
The LC is open from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. each day for quiet work, research and studying, during each period of the day. During both lunches, the library will be open to all students who wish to play games, participate in clubs, read or complete work. The mezzanine level is a designated space for students looking for a quiet, low-stimuli place to read, study or relax, away from the busy halls and cafeteria. Ms. Young will be providing lunchtime editing/proofreading sessions for all students, once per week, during both lunches. Dates for these sessions will be posted on the calendar inside the Learning Commons, and special sessions are available to groups/individuals by pre-arrangement with Ms. Young.
For the 2022-23 school year, 30 new Chromebooks are available for student use and can be signed out for use at home, with parent/guardian permission. Permission slips are available at the Circulation Desk. In addition, Bayside Secondary School is giving all students access to free printing for assignments and documents in the Learning Commons. Students may also borrow project kits and obtain Bristol board in the LC.
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, and several academic databases. The Teacher-Librarian is available for assistance in locating print and online information, teaching research skills and assisting with assignments. Citation material and links are updated regularly through this virtual library site. 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. Online resources can be easily accessed 24/7 through Bayside’s Virtual Library website. In addition to borrowing ebooks through this site, students access academic research databases, including Britannica (both English and French), Teen Health and Wellness and Historica (both English and French).
The Teacher-Librarian is always available to provide assistance and instruction.