Canadian Geography Digital Overdrive Kit

Canadian Geography Kit

We have a brand new kit available in our Learning Commons! Canadian Geography. We continue to add these digital kits to our collection and you can find them all here. If you need assistance getting started in Overdrive please let us know! Blessings from your Learning Commons team!

Canadian Historical Fiction on Overdrive (by topic)


We have added another new list on our Reading Lists page for you! This is our Canadian Historical Fiction organized by topic with links directly to our Overdrive library. We have a growing selection of Canadian Historical Fiction at all levels for you to explore. If you have yet to take advantage of our Overdrive Library I suggest that you start with some of these great books! We also have an extensive collection in our L4U library of Canadian Historical Fiction – I suggest you check out some of the great titles available there as well.

Don’t forget about our Summer Reading Contest!! We would love to see you participate!!

Client Codes and PINS for L4U Library and Overdrive

As we prepare for the new school year, we are receiving lots of requests for access to the L4U library, which offers books, curriculum and unit study kits, and Overdrive, our E-library which also offers curriculum and books!

If you had an account with us last year, your client code and pin remain unchanged.

If you are new to HCOS, you will receive your client code and pin in an email sent from L4U. It is important that you add L4U to your safe senders list and/or check your JUNK folder for the info. Your students will also receive emails – the email is sent to the email address supplied by you when you enrolled them. We will be adding new patrons weekly until October, so please watch for the email!

One client code/pin – TWO libraries!

Important Notes:
1. Only one LIBRARY account is set up per family, under the parent’s name. However each parent and student will be sent a client code and password. Students cannot book items in the physical library; all items must be booked through the parent account. However, Students can access e-books through Overdrive!
2. SAVE your new client code and pin! *You can log in using your LAST NAME instead of the client code!!
3. To learn how to use the new L4U system and learn about our shipping guidelines, visit: How to use the library.
4. Go to the library webpage at L4U library and log in.
5. You can access Overdrive details here: Overdrive
6. Please don’t hesitate to contact Shandra Wiebe regarding the L4U library or Pippa Davies should you have any queries regarding the E Library.

The DIY World of Maker Tools and Their Uses

From new technology to everyday materials to rebooting school woodshop and home ec classes, makerspaces challenge students to open their minds and expand their skillsets.


All the latest tools and tips about #makered and #projectbasedlearning in this article by @coolcatteacher

Canadian Picture Book List

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We have recently added a Canadian Picture Book List on our website. These are recommendations that we may or may not have in our libraries but you will be able to source out other places. Any titles on this list that we do have available are all directly linked. We have a variety of Reading Lists available for you under the Literacy tab on our website. We will be updating many of them over the summer. We would love to hear your suggestions as well! Feel free to email any of the Learning Commons team including Pippa Davies at , Shandra Wiebe at or Natalie Sing at to make your suggestions.

We hope you are getting some time to read in the sun this summer!! Blessings!!

Social bookmarking site for schools. Allow students to learn, gather & share resources with classmates.

A social bookmarking site for schools. Allow students to explore, learn, gather & share resources with everyone in the class. No student sign up required! Easily share resources with anyone in the class!


New content curation site for classroom teachers.  No student email required!  Perfect for elementary or high school teachers!!

Where have all the summer reading assignments gone? | eSchool News | eSchool News

Read Summer: a time in a child’s life where they are no longer bound by societal rules to attend school nor do anything school related.


Read, read, read over the summer and prevent the summer slide!!

Paper by FiftyThree

Get Paper by FiftyThree on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.


Paper by 53 is the latest artsy app to make 21st century presentations look like modern works of art!  App of the year in 2012!  It’s the easiest and most beautiful way to create on iPad. Capture your ideas as sketches, diagrams, illustrations, notes or drawings and share them across the web.

Story-Driven, Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning Platform, Awesome Stories is a Cure for the Common Core. Non-Fiction, Fiction, Films, Books, Social Studies, History, Science, Math, the Arts, Trials, Disaster.


Primary sources for research projects in simple, easy to use format!  All grades!

Celebrate Canada Day – Plan your Canadian Resources for Next Year using Overdrive…


We have many Overdrive resources to help you to study Canadian Geography and History. Here are just a few of them…

ABC of Canada


ABC of Canada by Kim Bellafontaine and Per-Henrick Gurth

This book is part of a great series, including these titles:

Oh Canada

Canada 1,2,3

Canada in Colours

Canada All Year

Canada, The People

Canada the People by Bobbie Kalman

This series includes two more great titles Canada, The Land and Canada, The Culture

Multicultural Canada

We also have a wide range of Rainbow Publishing Canadian Unit Studies including:

First Nations: Native Cultures of Canada

Canada and It’s Trading Partners

Canada Eh?

Multicultural Canada

Canadian Urban and Rural Communities

Canadian Governments and Elections

Canadian Trees and the Urban Forest

Famous Canadians

Caring for a Colony

We also have in Overdrive The Stories of Canada Series of Biographies of Famous Canadians:

Making it Home Catherine Parr Trail

Mapping the Wilderness The Story of David Thompson

Caring for a Colony The Story of Jeanne Mance

Stand Together and Fight Richard Pierpoint and the Coloured Corps of Upper Canada

Bold, Brave and Born to Lead Major General Isaac Brock and the Canadas

The Learning Commons team wishes you a wonderful Canada Day! May you feel God’s blessing for residing in this amazing country!!



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