The Library – An Invaluable Institution by Library Science student JH

A gush of warmth pools around my face as I walk through the front door. Roaming the vast halls through the dimly light area, I find my way to the back of the room and settle into my usual corner. Amongst the wide variety available, I select my favorite from the shelf: a ruffled, almost antique mystery waiting to be uncovered. Living in a technology-dominated society has helped improve efficiency in many aspects; however, the library – a place filled with endless possibilities and resources – is arguably one of the most valuable institutions available. A library is not only a sanctuary to develop life skills and stimulate creativity, but also a place to find one’s identity.

Auto-correct. A miniscule function that has become a dependent variable for many. In contrast, the library, has helped establish a literate society over the past centuries, in which people do not need to rely on auto-correct to function. The reason being: sturdy reference books and dictionaries are available at hand, forcing the past generations to physically search for the words they need to spell. Some may see this as an inefficient burden, but through years of constant practice the ability to find resources becomes almost innate. In this way, the library acts as an enforcer, influencing people to work for what they need or want, whether that goal is finding a quote out of a reference book, or researching for a science presentation. These skills can be applied to areas outside of the library, such as behaviors in work places and even attitudes in relationships. Libraries establish a basic foundation for users, teaching people, whether young students or working parents, many life skills that are necessary in daily life.

Browsing areas are often kept quiet in libraries in order to provide the best learning environment for concentration. Herein, one is given various outlets to draw inspiration from. Perhaps it will be the two moons – instead of the generic one – on the endpaper of 1Q84 that draws attention, or the multi-coloured splatters on the spine of a novel in the kids section.  These books are substantial resources found in libraries that are much more compelling than a mere scroll across the screen to turn a page. And even in the most silent rooms, an amazingly designed cover of a tangible novel can act as a conversation starter. A stranger’s suggestion may lead to finding one of the best reads. Stories and backgrounds will be shared; thoughts conversed; brilliant minds joined in the quiet, mundane – as many tend to think – library. The library provides more than just hushed study areas and comfy couches; it is a playground – one open to people of  all ages and sizes to begin the construction of their own fantasies.

Lastly, it is through the sanctuary of a library that one may discover his own identity. The multitude of reference books may allow him to cross over a period of time, in which he strolls along the roads of the olden days, reminiscing his heritage. Among books, libraries also contain one of the most invaluable resources: Librarians. These are the knowledgeable people who may help one discover his likes and interests. They provide tangible ideas and advice – sincere thoughts that cannot be attained even through the most developed technology. Perhaps a thorough conservation about how to continue a novel in progress during a writer’s block will help one discover he has a knack for writing. One might walk into a library merely to seek comfort in a book, but walk away with conviction, knowing he is on the right path to finding his success.

Even as technology continues to develop exponentially in the 21st century, the tangible experiences and attributes found at a library cannot easily be undermined. A library is a mentor; a warehouse of the thoughts of brilliant minds; and, unlike a hard drive, one is able to experience the physical and emotional results after slaving away at his typewriter till the wee hours of the morning. And even as one mystery ends, a door to another contains yet another thrilling experience in the quiet refuge of a library.

Book Club

The next meeting of the North Surrey book club will be on Monday, March 30th at lunch in the library.  We will be discussing The Kings and Queens of Roam by Daniel Wallace.  Everyone is welcome to join us.


Check out these great instructions, created by Library Science student JD, for using iMindmap.


New Books

The following are some new reading additions to your Library.
Check them out!

Flat Out Celeste by Jessica Park For high-school senior Celeste Watkins, every day is a brutal test of bravery. And Celeste is scared. Alienated because she’s too smart, her speech to affected, her social skills too far outside the norm, she seems to have no choice but to…Find out more when you check this book out in the Library.

Clockwork Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you’re the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood, Check this one out.

Eye The World is Virtual. The Danger is Real. Check this one out today!

Happy If fate sent you and e-mail, would you answer?

RithmatistFantasy readers should devour this well-crafted mix of action and setup…capped by a distinctly unsettling twist. – Kirkus Reviews.

SteelheartHow far would you go for revenge if someone killed your father? If someone destroyed your city? If Everything you ever loved was taken from you? Check it in the Library today!

Between You stop fearing the Devil when you’re holding his hand…..creepy check it out today!

Golden Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives…Check it out today!

Winger Ryan Dean West’s life is complicated. Check out this great read!

makingFive young men go off to war and only one returns. The story of loss, loss of beauty, loss of life and loss of identity…Check out this story of friendship!

Poisoned A book of poems like no other book of poems you have read. Check it out!

Blackbirds This book is a mix of mystery, historical fiction and ghost story. Great read check it out today!

Walter Suprise 1 – Jackie’s family dies in a freak car accident. Surpise 2 – Jackie has to move cross-country to live with the Walters – her new guardians. Check out the book for Surprise 3 and what happens to Jackie.

Siege Fantasy, romance and adventure….check it out today!

Love Set in post-apocalyptic Los Angeles check out how Pen  learns to use her abilities and strength to navigate the dangers that lie in wait. Good read check it out!

friends  Can guys and girls every be just friends? Check it out and find out!

serpent Magicians, gods and monsters….great read check it out.

splintered Welcome to the other wonderland. Check it out today!

amy It wouldn’t be a road trip without some detours…ind out how Amy and Roger map their way from California to Connecticut.

girl Keep one step ahead of the killers and – above all – STAY ALIVE!

Tear Mystery, romance, destiny…check it out today.

Book Club choices for January, February and March

In case you need plenty of time to read, here are our Book Club choices for January, February and March.

January – Let It Snow


February – Love Letters to the Dead

March – The Kings and Queens of Roam

North Surrey Book Club makes December Selection

The North Surrey Book Club will meet next on Monday, December 15th to eat a great lunch, provided by Ms. Cameron, and discuss our current selection, the Douglas Adams classic The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.


As well, we have decided to read Let It Snow, a collection of short stories by John Green among others, over the Christmas break.


Everyone is welcome to join us!  Please see Ms. Cameron if you have any questions.

Maja Paderewska Memorial Poverty Project

Just prior to her passing, Maja Paderewska, Anna-Lisa Granbois and Martha Cameron created a multidisciplinary project on poverty.  As a memorial to Maja, Anna-Lisa and Martha have readied the project for publication and we would like to share it with you today.  It is an inquiry project combining the disciplines of Economics and Social Justice, with a strong emphasis on research methodology, critical thinking and academic integrity.  We hope you will agree that this is a fitting tribute to our colleague and friend.

Maja Paderewska Memorial Poverty Project