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Bird's Hill School
River East Transcona School Division

​Welcome to Our School Library Learning Commons

Welcome to the library learning commons and our program of information literacy. We believe every student should have the skills necessary to navigate in today's information-rich society. Determining information needs, recognizing and selecting appropriate resources—whether print or online—and managing the information are fundamental skills needed for successful academic research.

Mrs. Hutton, who is our half-time library technician, works Days 1, 3, and 5 and deals with the day-to-day operation of the library, including book exchanges. Mrs. Dent Scarcello, the teacher librarian, is in the library on Days 2, 4, and 6, and she works collaboratively with classroom teachers on inquiry-based units.


Leslie Dent Scarcello, teacher librarian (Days 2, 4, 6)

Lisa Hutton, library technician (Days 1, 3, 5)

Library Hours

Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Lending Policies 

Borrowing Period: One school cycle

Number of Sign Outs: Two books may be borrowed at a time

Renewals: Materials can be renewed, as long as no one else has the book on hold

Overdues: Please return your overdue books as soon as you are able. Students may continue to take out resources up to the maximum allowable within the school, even while they have outstanding resources (for example, if students are allowed to take out two books and have one outstanding, they may still take out one book). We do not have any late fees. Students have the right to access library books and take library materials out of the library and school, regardless of library history.

Program Description

Each class is scheduled for library once every 6-day cycle. During this class, students are introduced to a variety of literature and spend time searching for, selecting, and signing out books. Students are also welcome to exchange their books throughout the cycle by visiting the library at a convenient time.

Our library program aims ensure all our students have many opportunities to enjoy reading. This is accomplished by providing students with a variety of reading materials and literature-based programs. We also work together to ensure all students become informationally literate by the time they finish Grade 5. We use an inquiry-based learning (IBL) program, which is a collaborative model of learning through which students develop the skills necessary to navigate in today's information-rich society. Each home room takes part in at least one IBL project, which is planned and taught by both Mrs. Dent Scarcello and the classroom teacher. Students learn how to determine information needs, recognize and select appropriate resources—whether print or online—and manage and share information, as these are all essential skills needed for successful academic research.