Online Articles Video for your #summerlearninggoals

Did you know that TDSB staff have access to Professional Library services & resources throughout the summer?

Click the image below to watch our newest video about accessing online articles.

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With access to hundreds of full-text journals on K-12 education, you’ll be able to find online articles for your summer learning and research anytime, anywhere!

Stay tuned for more short videos coming soon.

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May 14, 2019 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

eBooks for your #summerlearninggoals

Did you know that TDSB staff have access to Professional Library services & resources all summer?

Click the image below to watch our newest three minute video on finding and accessing eBooks from the Professional Library.


Our eBook collection is a great way to accomplish your summer learning goals anytime, anywhere!

Stay tuned for the following short videos coming soon.

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May 7, 2019 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

New books that MAY engage you!


Check out our May new books list of  print and eBook titles on Arts, Math, Equity, Literacy, Citizenship and more!  Select the eBooks you want to read online or print 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.  Details for TDSB staff eBook access at

Featured titles:

To learn more about our range of online and personalized services check out  

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Please join us  in person or online for our re-scheduled TDSB Teachers Read, Monday May 27, 4:30-5:45pm

May 1, 2019 at 12:17 pm Leave a comment

Integrity – Character Education in May


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

May’s Character Education trait is Integrity

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


🍁 Molly in Springtime (National Film Board) | 4-6 | Molly and her friends must overcome obstacles to save their kingdom in this story of good versus evil and standing up for what is right.  Mini lesson available

🍁 Johnston, A. (2017). What’s My Superpower? | Review | When Nalvana feels like she’s the only kid in town without a superpower, her mom helps her to discover what it is she’s good at in this picture book featuring Inuktitut words.


🍁 Flawed (National Film Board) | 4-9 | When Andrea, who has felt self-conscious about her nose her whole life, becomes romantically involved with a plastic surgeon, she re-evaluates her prejudices about her own appearance and discovers self-acceptance.  A memoir presented as a time-lapse film.

🍁 Ali, S.K. (2017). Saints and Misfits | Review | Janna is a high school sophomore from a multicultural Muslim family who struggles with her divorced parents’ family situations, navigates a new crush, explores her faith, and finds the courage to stand up for herself when she is assaulted by her best friend’s cousin.  


🍁 Privacy and Data Protection Collection (CBC Curio) | 7-9 | A collection of videos exploring data privacy legislation in Canada, the integrity of companies collecting personal data, and what this means for Canadians.

🍁 Warner, A. (2018). Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography | Review | This biography of Buffy Sainte-Marie explores her life experiences as a First Nations woman, musician, activist, and humanitarian tackling patriarchy, colonialism, and systemic greed.

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 suggesting them to students.

April 29, 2019 at 12:19 pm Leave a comment

Resources to support Asian Heritage Month – May 2019 #tdsb

TDSB celebrates Asian Heritage Month in May.  Professional Library has prepared and updated the Asian Heritage Month Guide (Eng/Fr)  to help you discover the history and accomplishments of various ethnic groups that are represented  in the Asian Heritage Month.

Internet Resources from the Guide:

Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba. (2017). Asian Canadian History A Brief History of Asian Canadians.
Concise historical timeline of Asian Canadians.

Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO). (2019). Asian and South Asian Month – May2019 poster available in bothPDF and Word

Government of Canada. (2018).  Asian Heritage Month.
Noteworthy Canadians of Asian descent
Asian Heritage Month poster
Important events in Asian Canadian history
Organizations and educational resources

National Association of Japanese Canadians. (2018). Resources.
Provides Japanese Canadian Timeline, films, videos, and books.

National Geographic Kids. (2018).
Search for Asian countries to learn about the country’s geography, fast facts, people
and culture, and history.
Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Mongolia and many more.

Radio Canada International. (2019). Canada’s Asian Heritage Month.
Features timeline of Chinese Immigration in Canada, history of Canada’s Japanese Community, and Vietnamese-Canadian History.

Toronto Public Library. (2019). Asian Heritage Month.
TPL organized programs, reading lists, and events on arts & crafts and food

The Virtual Museum of Asian Canadian Culture and Heritage. (2014).
Biographical information on famous Asian Canadians in arts.


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April 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

Resources for Jewish Heritage Month -May 2019 #tdsb


TDSB celebrates Jewish Heritage Month in May.  Check out Professional Library’s  Jewish Heritage Month Guide to learn more about their history, accomplishments, and contributions.

Internet resources from the Guide:

Canadian Jewish Heritage Network.  (2014). The Canadian Jewish Heritage  Network.
Includes digital exhibits, teaching tools and outreach, name searches, etc.

Center for Jewish History.  (n.d.).
Includes access to their digital collections, family history and genealogy resources, etc.

Environics Institute for Survey Research. (2018).  2018 Survey of Jews in Canada.
Full Report  Executive Summary   National Data Tables

Jewish American Heritage Month. (n.d.).
The teacher’s section provides ready-to-use lesson plans, student activities, collection guides and research aids.

UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.  (n.d.). Ontario Jewish Archives.
Online exhibitions, Ontario landmarks, Themed topics, and more.

Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre.  (n.d.).  For teachers: Teacher’s Guides.
Includes a variety of teacher resources, online exhibits, survivor testimonies, and more.


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International Day of Pink – April 10, 2019 #tdsb #DayofPink


April 10, 2019 marks the International Day of Pink.  The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when 2 straight high school students saw a gay student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. It is the day to show support by wearing something pink to  celebrate diversity and raise awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, and all forms of bullying.

Check out some great resources found in LGBTQ Resource Guide  from TDSB Professional Library to support and teach about the Day of Pink.


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