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Welcome to our library! Bienvenue a notre bibliothèque!

Welcome to St Anthony's school library! Located in the heart of the school, the library is a destination place for learning, reading, and doing research. It is also a place for staff and students to come together and build the school community.

Our school librarian is Mme Brinkman, and she is available in the library five days per week. She runs regularly scheduled library classes as well as a book fair (Fall), a used book sale (February); other programs like book clubs and a student library committee are in the works!

USED BOOK SALE, February 15 (during parent-teacher interviews)

We are now accepting donations for a book sale to be held on February 15. Students will be invited to purchase gently used books (priced between 50 cents and $3) during the day, and families are welcome to browse from 3:30 - 8:00. Donations are greatly appreciated! All funds raised support new purchases and programs at the St Anthony school library.


SILVER BIRCH (Grades 3-6)

The 2018 Forest of Reading program has launched! Students in grades 3 and 4 are invited to take part in the Silver Birch Express program, and students in grades 5 and 6 are invited to sign up for the Silver Birch Fiction program. This program not only promotes Canadian authors, but encourages readers to read something they may not normally choose - and to think critically about what they read. If and when students read at least five of the ten titles, they earn the right to vote for their favourite title and the opportunity to attend the Festival of Trees (May 11, Western Fairgrounds). There are maximum two copies of each title in the school library, so readers are encouraged to look for titles at the public library. See below for more information and all nominated titles.

  • Silver Birch Express
    This category is comprised of fiction and non-fiction titles and is typically suited for Grades 3 and 4. 
  • Silver Birch Fiction
    These fiction titles are geared towards grade 5 and 6 students. 
  • Festival of Trees
    On May 11 students will have the opportunity to attend the Festival of Trees at the Western Fairgrounds here in London. Click on the link for more information!
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BLUE SPRUCE (FDK - grade 2)
The Blue Spruce Award™ program brings recently published Canadian children's picture books to children between the ages of 4 and 7 (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 2). This program promotes reading for enjoyment and begins to develop a child’s skill in evaluating a picture book based on story, text and pictures. We will read these titles during library time, and students will vote for their favourite book. 
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For more information on these programs, visit the Ontario Library Association page here or contact the librarian, Mme Brinkman (

About the Collection
The St Anthony library collection is made up of over 7000 items, and includes French and English fiction and non-fiction, with a variety of genres including graphic novels, manga, classics, and current popular titles. Our digital collection boasts a variety of Overdrive titles that students and staff can access from home without an app – everything can be read in a browser. Clink on one of the links above to access digital resources.

About the space
The library is undergoing some changes, and we hope to rely on a student library committee to make decisions about design and layout. New corkboards will display a "We recommend" section ("Nous recommandons") with monthly featured readers, including both staff and students. We are also hoping to update posters and walls with new art and décor. FDK – grade 3 classes spend most of their library time at the carpet, while grade 4 – grade 8 classes are at the tables.

Volunteering and Donations
If you are interested in volunteering your time please contact Mme Brinkman at Any of the following items are in high demand, and if you are looking to part with anything listed below, they would find a welcome home in our library:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Harry Potter
Captain Underpants 
If you have other titles you are looking to part with, they may find a home in our collection. If not, we will keep them for a spring book sale!
Instant camera
Seasonal décor
Crafting supplies (markers, cardstock, stickers etc.)


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LDCSB Library Mission Statement

To provide access to a variety of informational resources to support the curriculum, foster a love for reading, and ensure the school community is effective users of information for learning and for leisure.

LDCSB School Library Goals

  • Educate students on the functionality, organization and purpose of libraries so that they can be library users for life
  • Demonstrate how to research with purpose and process
  • Promote and foster a love for reading for pleasure and learning
  • Develop library collections that encompass a variety of formats to support Catholic Graduate Expectations
  • Facilitate the use of technology for learning, research and communication

What the Research says about School Libraries
Research undeniably and repeatedly shows clear links between student achievement and the existence of libraries stocked with a variety of resources, and staffed by qualified librarians who collaborate with teachers.

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