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Plan your holiday reads with our New Books


Please visit  to plan your holiday and early 2018 professional reading with new titles on embracing makerspaces, amazing leadership, confronting stereotypes and more!  TDSB staff can have the books couriered directly to your school,  please contact us at or 416-395-8289.  You can also request your picks in our online catalogue, see “Steps to request a book” on the top right of the New Books List. Please sign up to ‘follow’ our blog so we can email you each time we post at:

December 13, 2017 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

December’s Character Education trait is Kindness & Caring! Check out our resource list


Each month, the Professional Library will post a list of K-12 resources related to each character education trait.

December’s Character Education trait is Kindness & Caring!

Check out our full Kindness booklist ( or see some highlighted titles below.

Elementary Titles

Shelter by C. Claire: When a little fox offers a lantern to a family of bears in a storm, his kindness is repaid.

Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend by N. Hrab: Ira Crumb tries hard to make friends before starting at a new school.

Intermediate Titles

Awkward by G. Korman: When shy Jaime helps new-girl Penelope in the hall after she trips, a group of students make fun of them for being a couple. Penelope promptly pushes Jaime away, but her act of unkindness will later have consequences.

Pax by S. Pennypacker: After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get Pax back.

Young Adult Titles

Stepping into Traffic by K.J. Rankin: Troubled Seb takes advantage of the kindness and caring of his foster mom Mrs. Ford.

Saving Montgomery Sole by M. Tamaki: When Montgomery, a girl with two moms, becomes the target of homophobic attacks, she becomes angry and begins alienating her friends.

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 past Character Education Resource lists:

  • 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 the books for appropriateness before instructional use or recommending them to students.
  • Related media resources are selected from TDSB Teaching Resources and the TDSB Virtual Library

December 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

Secondary Math Summit Take-aways


TDSB Professional Library was pleased to have our “Information Station” at the Secondary Math Summit at Northern SS this past Friday, December 1st.  Librarians Judy Ameline and Natalie Colaiacovo were impressed by the packed sessions and frank discussions of the challenges and the needs for equity in Math education.  We’re glad you enjoyed our Resource List for TDSB staff (sorry to our external blog followers): Destreaming and Math for Struggling Learners .   Our sense is that the literature on the topic does not yet fully address the implementation and differentiation strategies at the level required, so our commitment is to watch for new publications and share them with you going forward.  Here are some reading ideas for now:

TDSB staff may log into the library catalogue to reserve the books and have them couriered to your school,  or please email us requests for resources or support for  your upcoming learning events at


December 4, 2017 at 3:53 pm Leave a comment

Conversations about culturally responsive pedagogy


In the current issue of Canadian School Libraries Journal, Deborah McCallum writes,  “I question whether I, as a White, female, Canadian, English-speaking person, can adequately facilitate the increase of assessment scores in math for students who have different identities and cultural groups. I think that this is a question that most of us ask.”  The TDSB Professional Library has resources that dig into this issue, and might support your own exploration of culturally responsive pedagogy:

TDSB staff may log into the library catalogue to reserve the books and have them couriered to your school or email us your requests


November 30, 2017 at 11:56 am Leave a comment

Check out our new books for November 2017


Looking for the latest in educational literature? Check out some of the new books in our collection for November.

Find new resources to support instruction in special educationFrenchmental healthmathliteracy and more!

We’ve also added several new picture books to support instruction in social studies, social justice and science.

Check out the full list ( and see some highlighted titles below:

November 22, 2017 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

New resources to help schools recognize Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week (Nov. 19-26)

Submitted by Natalie C., Reference & Digital Resources Librarian


Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, held this year from Nov. 19-26th, allows us to take the time to carefully consider the impact of bullying on the lives of students.

TDSB emphasizes that “bullying prevention and intervention is about more than just eliminating bullying, it’s about promoting healthy relationships.” Read the Board’s full statement on the importance of this week and learn more about the Board’s bullying prevention programs on the Caring and Safe Schools website.

The Professional Library also has many new resources to help teachers stop bullying in the classroom and promote respectful behaviours

Check out our full Bullying Resource List ( for more books and articles from the Professional Library, DVDs & streamed media and other Virtual Library resources.

Some highlighted titles include:

November 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

Children’s Mental Health

From Judy A.  – Librarian, Reference & Collection Management

Yesterday’s Toronto Star reported that, according to a newly released survey commissioned by Children’s Mental Health Ontario, almost half of Ontario youth have missed school because of anxiety.  In addition to that shocking statistic, the survey also reported that of the 18-34 year old respondents:

  • 40 per cent had sought mental health help.
  • Of those, 50 per cent found the experience of getting help challenging.
  • 42 per cent did not get the help they needed or are still waiting.

Clearly, anxiety and youth mental health in general have become significant issues to anyone who works with young people. TDSB staff who wish to do some research on these topics can check out the Professional Library’s:

Resource list on anxiety

Mental health Pinterest Board

Log into our catalogue to reserve the books of interest to you. Other questions?? TDSB staff, contact the Professional Library for all your information needs.

November 15, 2017 at 3:29 pm Leave a comment

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