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What is a Learning Commons?

A learning commons is an inclusive, flexible, learner-centered, physical or virtual space for collaboration, inquiry, imagination and play.

As schools change, school libraries must also evolve from simply providing information to students to engaging students and helping prepare them to become critical thinkers, evaluators, users, and creators of information and knowledge.
In addition to providing access to traditional forms of knowledge like books, periodicals and print information, students have access to other forms of media and devices they will need to create and share.
Students can determine how best to use the space and resources to study or to work on school assignments, projects or coursework individually or with others.
Students, parents, teachers, administrators, and the community can also use the space for instruction, social or collaborative learning, production and presentation as we focus on engaging our communities in our schools. (Alberta Education)

Benefits of Learning Commons include:

• Learning commons promote global and cultural understanding as students collaborate with their local and broader community to investigate and create solutions to complex problems
• Learning commons emphasize active and collaborative engagement and encourage the co-creation of knowledge by all learners
• The virtual aspect of a learning commons (a VLC) promotes more efficient use of technology for creation and sharing of knowledge as well as enabling 24/7 access to resources and shared collaborative space for all students
• Research shows improved student achievement and literacy development for students who have access to quality school library services, which include learning commons (Alberta Education)

Ms. Gunn's LC

Discovery Education

Digital Library

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Access Follet Shelf

Sora Books


same as google docs but no

Password: PS#

Username: eastlakeschool

Password: reads

Criteria On Demand


One of the concepts we emphasize in the library is respect for property.  You can encourage your child to take care of his or her library books by:

  • Keeping library books in a safe spot in your home - please help designate one
  • Washing his or her hands before reading or handling books
  • Keeping food and drink away from library books
  • Turn pages with care
  • Keep pets away from books
  • Keep books away from younger brothers and sisters who might scribble in, or tear books
  • Carry your library books in your book bag. Keep your books dry.

Lost or Damaged Book Policy

Students are responsible for the books they check out from.  If a book is lost, or damaged the student will be responsible for paying the full replacement cost of the book.  While we do not charge fines for late books, we do charge if a book is irreparably damaged or lost.

Lost books - If a lost book is found after the replacement cost has been paid, the student will be reimbursed the cost of the book after it has been returned to the library if it is in good condition and can be returned to circulation.

Damaged books - A book is considered damaged if it is returned to the library in a condition that requires extensive repair or is unable to be repaired and cannot be returned to circulation.  Examples of damaged books include but are not limited to, water damage, mold, writing on the inside of the book, torn and or missing pages, and/or damaged to the outside of the book.

Overdue notices - Overdue notices and bills for lost books will be sent home through email. Please check your email for overdue notices.

Please contact me at if you have any questions.

Have a wonderful Day!!

Ms. Gunn

Parent Tips

A family atmosphere prevails at our school with the education of your child being a shared responsibility.  We encourage your interest in what your child does each day and welcome your involvement in the classroom, school council and at home.

  1. Please remind your child to practice their home reading on a regular basis.

  2. Our online library TumbleBooks is available to all families, we encourage you to use this on a regular basis.

  3. We have great educational videos on Criteria on Demand.

  4. Enjoy a science connection through our Discovery Education site.

  5. Explore Sora digital books online.
  6. Follett Shelf for audiobooks and ebooks.
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