Welcome to Coalbanks Learning Commons!
Book Trailer of the Week
The Scariest Book Ever by Bob Shea
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. Contact your child’s teacher for more information.
Rocky Mountain Book Award: RMBA is Alberta's children's choice book award for children in grades 4-7.
Just for Fun!
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.
Wizarding World: The official Harry Potter website has crafts, quizzes, puzzles, and articles sure to cast "a Banishing Charm on boredom!"
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: 15-episode series of art doodle activities with author and illustrator Mo Willems.
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!
Tate Kids: Make amazing art on the website of this world-famous British art museum. You can even upload your creations to its online gallery!
- 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.
What is a Learning Commons?
A 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.