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South Carleton High School Library Learning Commons




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The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe. Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.  Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz.  Out of one of the darkest chapters of human history comes this extraordinary story of courage and hope.



The Never-Ending Present: the Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip by Michael Barclay. In the first print biography of the Tragically Hip, Michael Barclay talks to dozens of the band’s peers and friends about not just the Hip’s music but about the opening bands, the American albatross, the band’s role in Canadian culture, and Gord Downie’s role in reconciliation with Indigenous people. When Downie announced he had terminal cancer and decided to take the Hip on the road one more time, the tour became another Terry Fox moment; this time, Canadians got to witness an embattled hero reach the finish line.  This is a book not just for fans of the band: it’s for anyone interested in how culture can spark national conversations.



OCDaniel by Wesley King. Daniel's life revolves around hiding his obsessive compulsive disorder—until he gets a mysterious note that changes everything. With great voice and grand adventure, this book is about feeling different and finding those who understand.



Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali. Fifteen-year-old Janna Yusuf, a Flannery O'Connor-obsessed book nerd and the daughter of the only divorced mother at their mosque, tries to make sense of the events that follow when her best friend's cousin--a holy star in the Muslim community--attempts to assault her at the end of sophomore year.



Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. In the aftermath of a war between gods and men, a hero, a librarian, and a girl must battle the fantastical elements of a mysterious city stripped of its name.



Library Staff

Teacher-Librarian: Mrs Amini

Library Technician: Mrs Donovan

Library Facilities and Services

The Library Learning Commons has undergone significant change over the past few years. Renovations have opened up additional spaces. From our library “Oasis” where students can eat their lunch or snacks, to a number of enclosed co-learning centres where students can work collaboratively with the aid of a white board or smart TV, to a maker space with ergonomic tables and supplies for completing hands-on projects - the LLC is a place where students can access the resources they need and use them in a comfortable, inviting environment to support their learning. If you’re at the school, stop by to see our showstopping circulation desk made from upcycled books by our own students!

Front counter in the Library Learning Commons, created from upcycled books View of the Oasis area of the Library Learning Commons


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The Library Learning Commons provides:

  • A collection of over 12,000 books, in both French and English, accessed by a computer catalogue
  • Subscriptions to 20 periodicals
  • Encyclopedias and dictionaries available online and in book form
  • Online databases
  • Computers for student use, including Chromebooks for library use and a limited number which can be signed out for the school day or to take home overnight
  • Colour scanner
  • Coin-operated photocopier/printer
  • Colour printing

Borrowing Policy

  • Student identification cards must be presented in order to borrow library material.
  • Books are available for a 3-week loan period and may be renewed, provided no one else has reserved the book.
  • Reference books may be borrowed on an overnight basis, after 12:45 pm each day, to be returned before 8:00 am the next school day.
  • Special loan periods may apply to books that are needed for class projects.
  • Students are responsible for returning all library materials by the due date. A fine of 25¢ per day per book will be charged on overdue material.
  • Students will be charged for lost or damaged material.
  • Current magazines are available for library use only. Back issues may be borrowed.
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