Learning Commons

Katherine Rundell launches 'The Book of Hopes': a free children's ...

The Book of Hopes is a very special collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  With contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, the collection is currently completely free for all children and families to read online.  Enjoy, be well, and see you soon!

Support for Online Learning

Overdrive/Sora:  E-books and audiobooks through the Alberta Public Schools K-12 Shared Digital Collection.  Login with your child’s school email address and password.  Instructions for getting started can be found here.

Lethbridge Public Library: E-books, audiobooks, movies, and homework help available through a variety of online resources, free with your library card.

Epic!:  35,000 books, learning videos, quizzes and more, for ages 12 and under. Free home access available until June 30, 2020.  Contact your child’s teacher for more information.

Rocky Mountain Book Award:  Registration has been reopened for families with children in grades 4-7 and voting has been extended to June 1, 2020.

P.E. with Joe:  Join this super fit Brit for a fun workout!  Joe Wicks, "The Body Coach", leads kids through 30 minute workouts from his house.

Wide Open School:  From Common Sense Media, a selection of resources to assist families with learning from home.

Online Reference Centre:  Explore many online resources available to Alberta students, including:

  • BookFlix (Gr. K-3) - Interactive fiction and non-fiction books organized according to a variety of themes including Animals and Nature, ABC’s and 1,2, 3’s, and Music and Rhyme.
  • Britannica School (Gr. K-12) - More than 141, 000 encyclopedia articles on a wide array of topics, educational videos, images, magazine articles, learning games, and more through three age-appropriate interfaces—Elementary, Middle and High. Read-aloud features (with highlighting text) and text translation are available for every article.
  • CultureGrams (Gr. 3-12) - Information on countries of the world, US states and Canadian provinces, including country data tables, maps, photographs, recipes, biographies and other cultural information.
  • National Geographic Kids Virtual Library (Gr. K-6) - National Geographic Kids magazines from 2009, books, maps, and downloadable images and videos.
  • Scholastic Go (Gr. 2-12) - Seven different Scholastic encyclopedia databases in one spot: Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, The New Book of Knowledge, America the Beautiful, Lands & Peoples, Amazing Animals of the World, and The New Book of Popular Science. The articles included are written by subject experts and are differentiated by reading levels. The database also contains access to a robust atlas, world newspapers, videos, pictures, and more.
  • TrueFlix (Gr. 3-6) - Videos and interactive non-fiction books organized according to various categories including Earth Science, Ecosystems, Experiments, Extreme Nature, Human Body, Space, Ancient Civilizations, Continents and Disasters. Related articles, project ideas, quizzes and web links are provided.

Just for Fun!

Coalbanks Reading Bingo:  Try to get a blackout!

Dav Pilkey at Home:  How-to-draw demonstrations and read-alouds from the "Dog Man" and "Captain Underpants" creator, plus resources from the U.S. Library of Congress collections.

Harry Potter at Home:  Crafts, quizzes, puzzles, and articles sure to cast "a Banishing Charm on boredom!" 

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems:  Join author and illustrator Mo Willems in his studio for a new doodle every day for the next few weeks.

Mrs. Lodge's Library Shelver Game:  Well, I think putting books in the correct order is fun . . .

NFB:  Watch short films from the National Film Board of Canada.  Some of my favourites are The Cat Came Back, Logdriver's Waltz, and The Sweater.

Peep and the Big Wide World:  I love Peep and his friends (especially Quack)!  Games, videos and scientific exploration for younger kids.  Available en Español!

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History:  Virtual tours of the collections take you right inside the museum!

Book Trailer of the WeekWho Wet My Pants? by Bob Shea

Read Aloud of the Week

The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak, read by B. J. Novak

What is a Learning Commons?

learning commons, formerly known as the school library, is a shared learning space that is both physical and virtual.  Like libraries, the learning commons supports a student-centered approach by providing quality resources and flexible space for instruction, social and collaborative learning, production and presentation.

Research shows that students who have access to quality school library services, whatever name it goes by, are more likely to exhibit advanced student achievement and literacy development.  Coalbanks Elementary is committed to providing this for our students.



  • Kindergarten and Grade 1 students may borrow one book at a time.  Grade 2/3 and Grade 4/5 students may borrow two books at a time.  Books may be borrowed for one week, with two renewals, if necessary.  Whether books go home or stay at school will be at the discretion of the homeroom teacher. 

Lost or Damaged Books

  • Reminder notices are sent home with children before a book is deemed lost. If lost books are found in the same school year after payment has been made, a refund will be issued.
  • Normal wear and tear of library books is to be expected. However, books damaged beyond reasonable use (for example, books with missing pages, water damage, torn covers, and excessive marking or staining) will be removed from circulation and a replacement fee will be assessed.
  • Replacement fees are collected for lost and damaged books via SchoolCash Online.  Should you be charged for a lost or damaged book, you will receive an email notice describing the reason for the fee and can pay for this online.