Follow @tdsbVL for Virtual Library Tweets!


Are you following your TDSB Virtual Library (@tdsbVL) yet?

See the Twitter feed for:

  • highlighted digital resources (including encyclopedias, ebooks, videos, and databases)
  • Tweets from educators using the Virtual Library in their classrooms
  • new material for your learning and instruction, like the Virtual Library Starting Points (see above)

The TDSB Virtual Library is your gateway to accessing resources and tools for K-12 teaching and learning!

January 21, 2019 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

Resources for African Heritage Month in February 2019


TDSB celebrates African Heritage Month in February by highlighting the experiences, contributions and achievements of African Canadians.

Check out the African Heritage Resource Guide from TDSB Professional Library for curriculum ideas and materials, and background information for student research.

Below are new additions to the Resource Guide for 2019.

Clarke, C. (2006). The Art of Africa: a resource for educators. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Presents African art and culture through traditional sculpture, textiles, metalwork,
and ceramics in the 
African art collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

ETFO. 365 Black Canadian Curriculum, Poster, Calendar and Workshop. (2018).
Highlights: Curriculum Resources primary, junior, intermediate;   Poster;    Calendar;

Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation. (2018). Honouring Black Canadians in science and technology.

Nova Scotia Canada. African Nova Scotia Affairs.(2019).  Celebrate African Heritage Month 2018.
Highlights: Resources and Links     African Nova Scotian Affairs video    African Nova Scotian Community

Kentner, J. (2019). Caribbean immigrants in Canada. Collingwood, ON: Beech Street Books.
Moyer, Naomi M. (2018). Black women who dared. Toronto: Second Story Press.
Diaz, J. (2018). Islandborn. New York: Dial Books.

Articles: access passwords from 
February Is Black History Month. (2018). Curriculum Review, 57(5), 11Gillmore, M. (2017). BLACK HISTORY: Much More than Slavery and Civil Rights. Teach, 22-24.
Remes, J. A. C. (2018). What We Talk About When We Talk About Africville.  African American Review, 51(3), 223–231.

Streaming video: access passwords from
CBC Curio. Black Panther: For black youth, more than a superhero movie. 2018. 8:40 min.
CBC Curio. Freedom Summer(2018). 11:50 min.
CBC Curio. How Much Do You Know about Black History in Canada? (2017). 50:18 min.
McIntyre Media. Black experiences. (2017). 18 min.


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January 18, 2019 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment

New Books for the New Year!


Start the year off right with professional reading about Leadership, Social Studies, Math, Makerspaces and more.  See our new books list at and select the books you want to have couriered directly to your TDSB location.  Reserve through our online catalogue, see “Steps to request a book” on the top right of the New Books List or contact us at ~ 416-395-8289.

Featured titles:

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January 2, 2019 at 9:34 am Leave a comment

Teamwork – January’s Character Education Trait!


Each month, the Professional Library posts a list of K-12 Character Education resources including books, streamed media, and online articles.

January’s Character Education trait is Teamwork!

Check out our full Teamwork list ( or browse some highlighted resources below.


🍁 NFB Space School – Leadership and Teamwork (NFB) | 4-6 | It is important for astronauts to be good followers as well as good leaders.

🍁 Faruqi, S. (2019). Meet Yasmin!  | Review | An early reader following Yasmin’s adventures as she works with her friends and family to solve problems in creative ways.


Teamwork (Learn360) | 6-12 | A video segment highlighting how teamwork skills used in football can transfer to a successful work environment.

🍁 Auxier, J. (2018). Sweep | Review | Nan, an orphaned chimney sweep in Victorian London, receives support and protection from friends, including a golem-like piece of coal who comes to life to save her, as she becomes a leader in the fight for the rights of her fellow sweeps.  


🍁 True North (NFB) | 9-12 | A web series documenting the experiences of five young aspiring athletes and the significance of basketball for second and third generation Canadians in the GTA.

🍁 Blair, K. (2017). Tangled Planet | Review | The passengers of spaceship Venture arrive to colonize a new planet and become divided when they disagree on the safest course of action.  A suspenseful sci-fi mystery.

These resource lists are produced to support teacher-librarians and teachers as they deliver instruction regarding the Character Education initiative and may be appropriate for read-alouds, literature circles, library displays and more.

Check out our archived Character Education Resource lists (starting September 2017):

September Respect

October Responsibility

November Empathy

December Kindness and Caring

January Teamwork


March – Honesty

April –

May –  Integrity

June – Perseverance –

Please note:

  • These are selected resources based on favourable literature reviews;
  • The Professional Library may own some of the listed books; teachers should also check their school libraries or local public libraries for availability;
  • Teachers should preview material for appropriateness before instructional use or recommending them to students.


December 28, 2018 at 1:58 pm Leave a comment

Resource Guide to Support Tamil Heritage Month in January 2019

Images from International Children’s Digital Library

TDSB Professional Library has prepared the Tamil Heritage Month Resource Guide to help celebrate the Tamil Heritage Month in January.  This Resource Guide contains useful internet sites, books, articles, streamed videos, and TDSB Virtual Library resources.

Check out these Internet Resources included in the Guide:


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December 11, 2018 at 8:20 pm Leave a comment

70 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights


This year’s Human Rights Day, December 10th, marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

See these highlighted resources to spark classroom discussions of human rights for leadership and global citizenship.

Canadian Human Rights Toolkit: Human Rights Resources for Teachers. Canadian Teachers’ Federation and Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Dreams of Freedom: In Words and Pictures.

Human Rights (2017). The Canadian Encyclopedia.

Human Rights and Schooling: An Ethical Framework for Teaching for Social Justice

NFB Films about Human Rights. National Film Board of Canada. (TDSB Educators, see Learnmarks for login information)

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Illustrated Version. The United Nations. (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish)

Women Who Shaped the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The United Nations.

December 10, 2018 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Plan your holiday reads with our New Books!

decnewPlease visit  to plan your holiday and early 2019 professional reading with new titles on School Readiness, Spacial Sense, Conversations about RaceUniversal Design for Learning, and more!  TDSB staff can have books couriered directly to your school.  Request your picks in our online catalogue, see “Steps to request a book” on the top right of the New Books List or contact us at ~ 416-395-8289.

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December 4, 2018 at 5:15 pm Leave a comment

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