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Learning Commons Information and Weblinks for Parents

Summertime Reading Fun

I'm bored! There's nothing to do!  Solution -- click on Marigold Newsletter for summertime reading activities for all and for recommended titles for your next great read!

Family Literacy Day 2021 Theme: Travel the World Together!

Use your imagination to go exploring and travel the world together as a family – you never know what you’ll learn! Plan your dream trip, learn about another culture and open your mind to the world.

For more information, go to ABC Family Literacy Day 2021.

How to read more while you're social distancing (Penguin site)

Take the Calgary Reads, Reading Place Challenge! Visit the Calgary Reads site for some wonderful ideas as to how to create that special space in your home for reading.  All you need are:

  1. Books
  2. Booklight
  3. Book Storage

Online Reference Centre Databases information. This is an amazing resource for K-12.

Fun educational sites for families to use while school is closed.

Scholastic Canada Book Clubs. Scholastic links to educational fun as well as the Reading Clubs to purchase Scholastic books delivered to your home.

What book shall I buy for my child?  Click on the National Post link to check for titles for all ages.

Learning and literacy happens in everything we do whether we visit the local grocery store, take a walk in the park, or by playing a game.  For more information about family literacy, go to ABC Life Literacy site which has some wonderful family activity ideas to promote family literacy.  Register for free learning activities that are available in five different languages (English, French, Simplified Chinese, Tagalog, and Arabic)  Scroll down for a video with family literacy ideas.

Calgary Reads provides Resources to Promote Literacy. This is a go to website for parents interested in how to grow the reading habit!

If you haven’t tried Epic!, what are you waiting for? Visit the site or download the app to begin reading some amazing books for children ages 5-12.

Wanting to learn more about teen mental health awareness? LearnAlberta's Online Reference Centre  Login: LA 53  Password: 4487

| Grades: 7 - 12
Use this database to find out more about diseases, drugs and alcohol, eating disorders, green living, grief and loss, mental health, sexuality and sexual health, nutrition and fitness, and much more. Videos, “ask Dr. Jan,” personal stories and hotlines are included.

I don't know what to read!  The Canadian Children's Book Centre is a national, non-profit organization that is" dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing, illustrating and publishing of Canadian books for young readers".  Check here for recommended titles for pre-kindergarten to teen.

Keep Calm & Read On! More book suggestions here @ CBC 9 Book Lists with Titles.

LC Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 8am - 3pm

For the 2020-2021 School Year, storytelling will be completed by the student's teacher.

Please make a note of your child's Learning Commons day. Each child is encouraged to remember their LC day as this makes them responsible for returning their book. Ask your child about their visit and read or discuss their choice of reading material. The loan period is one week. Students(K-5) may renew for another week. It is highly recommended that students use a plastic bag to place their school books in as leaky water bottles or wet clothing can seriously damage a book.

Monday: 3/4 C

Tuesday: 4/5T, 6E, 6MC, 6P

Wednesday: 1C, 2P, 5F, 6S

Thursday: Kindergarten, 2/3D, 4S

Students in gr. 6-9 are expected to remember to return their books. The loan period is one week and they may renew their books for up to 2 weeks.  Textbooks are due by the end of June. School or LC books that have been visiting your home for more than 2 weeks are most likely overdue!

Note: Due dates will be adjusted to accommodate quarantine of 1 week before returned books are made available for circulation.

Throughout the, 2019-March 2020, school year, students in grades 3-5 participated in storytime.  During the 2020 spring, students were encouraged to own or have read to them the following novels.  Plans had included viewing the films and then discussing the differences and similarities between the novel and the movie.  Note:  Grades 4-5 students had voted on the novel for the year.

  • Gr. 3 -- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.  We left off on Chapter 17: Augustus Gloop Goes Up the Pipe.  Visit the Roald Dahl website for activities and fun information.
  • Gr. 4F -- City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. Start at Chapter 11: Lizzie's Groceries.  Visit for more information about the author and her books.
  • Gr. 4/5S -- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. Start at Chapter 12: Stranded.  Visit for more information about the author and her books.
  • Gr. 5T -- Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel. We had just begun to read the Chapter: Echo Chamber.  Visit Kenneth Oppel's Silverwing site and visit the Silverwing Microsite for bat facts and more or, go to for more information about the author and his books.

Koha is the online library system that is used by Rocky View Schools. You can find this on the top menu bar.  Parents and students can login to view their record to check for books due/overdue, their reading record and much more.  Home emails are now linked to your child's Koha record so you will receive an email notification of resources due or overdue.

***Remember – Lost and/or damaged fees are to be paid. Invoice may be sent through School Cash.  Please make cheques payable to Langdon School or pay through School Cash.***

Check out one of Langdon’s “Little Free Libraries.” Did you know there are three in Langdon?  For more information, contact Mrs. Schoell .

Planning a trip is easy when you can learn more about your destination by using Culturegrams on LearnAlberta’s Online Reference Centre. Remember to login if you’re away from the school.

Students can discover eBooks on FollettShelf accessing via the Learning Commons page, Koha, or the free Destiny Discover app.  Students login by using their RVS login and password(number).

What is my child learning at school? Find the answer to this question and  more by visiting LearnAlberta's, My child's learning: a parent resource. This site is updated every year as curriculum changes are made.


Kids are bored?  Visit your local public library online! All Marigold Library System locations offer a wide variety of activities and programs for K-12 students. Visit the Airdrie, Cochrane, Chestermere, Irricana, and Beiseker libraries for more information. As well, Alberta Education's Online Reference Centre and the website can help parents keep their kids reading this school year with resources, annotations, book trailers, and booklists to help direct reading choices.

For mental health book lists and information visit:

- Download the free book, 'Dealing with Depression: Anit-Depressant Skills for Teens. Dan Bilsker, Merv Gilbert, David Worling and E. Jane Garland (2005)

McMaster Children's Hospital and search for the word, 'depression'

Alberta Health Services (under 'health information' link, My Child's Health Information, click on 'Info prescription) (use search words 'depression teens') For educators, parents and youth.

If you need more information call: Health Link Alberta toll free: 1-866-408-LINK (5465)

Find out how to take an active role in your family's online privacy by visiting

The ReadBrightly site has many title ideas, reading tips and more.  The Canadian Children's Book Centre also has compiled a list of great Canadian books for children of all ages for the 2016 winter holidays.

James Patterson's ReadKiddoRead website is a super site to find a variety of titles to inspire reluctant readers of all ages.

Visit your local public library for a fun family activity.  Whether you visit in-person or virtually on the web, there are many resources for you to use.

Chestermere Public Library

Strathmore Library

How can I engage my older child or young adult about the importance of reading? Have a discussion about our freedom to read!  Did they know that the book, The Hunger Games, is listed on the top 10 censored book list?  Visit the Freedom to Read site and explore the ideas of censorship.

Check out the parenting tips, craft ideas, recipes, and more at the magazine site,

Canadian Family

More literacy ideas:

Canadian Children’s Book Centre How to choose books for children and teens by age

Visit for books and fun activities for children of all ages.

Check out Chapters Indigo for some great reads for all ages.

Chapters for kids Chapters for teens

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