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Welcome to our Library Learning Commons

Welcome to École John Henderson Middle School's Library Learning Commons! We strive to provide students with a welcoming, inclusive and vibrant learning space to engage in learning, reading for pleasure, collaborative work, research, and academic study. Our goal is to provide access to a wide variety of current and appropriate resources, technology and opportunities, that promotes a love of learning and reading among our students.

Our program includes providing students with teaching on information literacy, digital literacy and digital citizenship, media literacy, and critical literacy in order to foster the skills needed to be successful now and in the future. We believe that every student should have the skills necessary to navigate in today's information-rich society. Determining information needs, recognizing and selecting appropriate print or online resources, evaluating sources, recognizing false or misleading information and managing information are fundamental skills needed for successful academic research and life-long learning.

Our Library Learning Commons is a busy place where we aim to empower our students to become critical thinkers, effective researchers, and responsible digital citizens. Students and staff are encouraged to follow their curiosities, be creative, collaborate and think critically to find, discuss and connect with new information.

Students visit the library on a regular basis to sign out books, read and conduct research. Students can also work or read in the library during interactive start and during the second half of lunch.

Bienvenue à la bibliothèque

Bienvenue à la bibliothèque de l'École John Henderson Middle School! Le but de notre bibliothèque est d'offrir un environnement accueillant, inclusif et sécuritaire pour tous nos élèves et notre personnel où ils peuvent lire, collaborer et faire de la recherche.

Notre bibliothèque dispose de plus de 12 000 documents, incluant des livres, des ouvrages de référence et des revues. Nous sommes fiers d'offrir à tous les élèves de l'école une très grande variété de documents, qu'il s'agisse de livres de fiction ou d'ouvrages documentaires, aussi bien en anglais qu'en français. La bibliothèque dispose de trois ordinateurs et les professeurs peuvent emprunter

des ordinateurs portables ou des iPads pour des leçons en classe. La porte de la bibliothèque est toujours ouverte. Toutes les ressources de la bibliothèque sont disponibles en ligne sur le site web de notre école.


  • Mme Withoos (Teacher Librarian)
  •  Mme Bourgeois (Library Technician)

Library Hours

8:45 am – 3:30 pm Monday to Friday

Our Goals

· Inclusive collections that acknowledge and celebrate diverse experiences and provide instructional opportunities to empower learners as effective users and creators of information and ideas.

· Access to digital resources and tools to support transformational learning and develop the digital curation skills of students.

· Initiatives that integrate elements of deeper learning, critical thinking, information literacy, digital citizenship, creativity, innovation, and the active use of technology.

· Initiatives that encourage and facilitate students to become increasingly self-directed as they create digital products of their learning that engage them in critical thinking, collaboration, and authentic real-world problem solving.

· Provide equitable access to collection tools using digital resources, programming, and services.

· Provide flexible spaces that promote inquiry, creativity, collaboration, and community.

Our Resources


· School laptops, iPads and desktop computers are available for student use.

· Various coding and robotics will be available for student use throughout the year

· A projector with Apple TV, WiDi and one printer

Print Resources

· Over 12,000 materials in both FRENCH AND ENGLISH including:

o Large fiction and non-fiction collections that are continually updated

o Graphic novels

o Reference materials

o Magazines

Digital Resources

· SORA; students now have access to our RETSD Sora account. This allows them access to hundreds of ebooks and audiobooks. Students need to use their divisional login to access these resources

· Access to Ebscohost, Winnipeg Free Press, World Book Online, and CBC archives


· A variety of board games and cards are available for use

· A Lego wall

· A Makerspace supply area

Lending Policies

· Students can take out up to 3 books at a time

· They can have their books for approximately 2 weeks but are able to renew if they need more time

Recommendations or Questions

If you have questions about our library learning commons, the programs offered, or if you have recommendations for additions to our learning space, please feel free to contact the school for more information.

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