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Come to the Library Learning Commons HUB for info to take care of your mental health. Also, look for the bulletins boards outside the first floor washrooms for apps and links for more support.

Look for displays and activities in the Library Learning Commons space and around the school for Asian Heritage Month.

April is National Poetry Month!

Come down to the library and write your own poems for a chocolate treat!  Pick a poem and read to your friends, or make a book spine poem!  Please come down to the library for more details.

Hugh Boyd Diversity Book Challenge!
Semester 1:  November 23rd to January 17th
Semester 2: February 7th to April 5th

Diversity Book Challenge

WHAT IS IT?

Our library conducted a diversity audit last year, pulling from a sample of over 700 books to see if our books represented different races, cultures, religions, abilities, genders, gender identities, or authentic voices.  All the secondary school libraries participated. From all of our sample data, we found that about 20% of our district collection were non-white authors, while about 30% were non-white protagonists. But about 76% of Richmond's population are visible minorities!  We had much fewer SOGI perspectives, and very few books with physical or invisible disabilities. And just under 13% of our collections were authentic voices.  In our school library, it was quite the eye-opener. We have made a really big push to purchase and promote books with diverse voices and perspectives.  There are so many great new resources with Indigenous, Black and People of Colour content, and we want to students to read them! 
 

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?

- In your Block C class
- You can choose any graphic
 novel, novel, or non-fiction book labelled "Boyd BC" in a yellow dot
- You will be reading a book from a diverse author/diverse perspective
- Fill out the provided provided ballot and put into the class container or drop it off in the library
- Repeat for as many times as you like!
- Multiple entry points for everyone of all abilities-everything counts!
 

WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE?

  • Read some great books from great authors from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • You get to choose what kind of books you want-if it's long or short, graphic novel or full novel, etc. It's up to you!
  • You help your class win a celebration party at the end of each of semester for the most books read per class
  • Or, if you have a smaller class, you can still win a party for the most number of books read per student!
  • Weekly draw prizes of gift cards
  • Individual prizes for students who read the most books each semester

     

WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE of PARTICIPATING?

"When children cannot find themselves reflected in the books they read, or when the images they see are distorted, negative, or laughable, they learn a powerful lesson about how they are devalued in the society of which they are a part."-Rudine Sims Bishop

Reference:
Sims Bishop, R. (1990). Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors. Perspectives: Choosing and Using Books for the Classroom, 6(3). https://scenicregional.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Mirrors-Windows-and-Sliding-Glass-Doors.pdf