Due to the current ongoing pandemic, the G.S. Lakie Learning Commons are not open to the general student body. Instead, Miss Mustard is available Monday – Friday to deliver holds that the students can place on specific books through the online library catalog, Destiny Discover. Miss Mustard also makes weekly classroom visits to replenish classroom libraries with a new selection of books, deliver a smattering of book talks, and show some of her favourite book trailers! Miss Mustard loves reading aloud to students and hearing all the students’ weekly book reviews during her classroom visits! Books that classes have finished reading are brought back to the Learning Commons and quarantined for the recommended number of days before being put back into rotation for other students to place a hold on.
When there is a safe procedure for doing so, students will be welcome to use the space for reading, research, group collaborative work, games, and studying. Most importantly, the Learning Commons should be a space for students to feel encouraged to use their imaginations – as libraries have been through the ages!
The G.S. Lakie Learning Commons has a terrific space and an amazing library collection, and Miss Mustard is always ready to hear about new titles that students would like to see added to the collection, as well as other ways we can improve the dynamics of the Learning Commons. In addition to the extensive hard copy collection of books that we have in our learning commons, there is also a large collection of eBooks that can be accessed by logging into Destiny Discover and then going to the Follett Shelf tab, or through the app, Sora.
The learning commons at G.S. Lakie also offers an extensive array of technology that students will hopefully be able to check out again soon! This technology (including laptops, iPads, iPods, digital cameras, and other items) is intended to help students with projects, research, multimedia applications, and developing responsible online citizenship habits.
We want to encourage students looking for a place to work and collaborate to come and use the "Cafe" within the Learning Commons, once COVID-19 no longer restricts access to the space. The cafe has couches, sitting booths, and a big screen computer monitor that are all designed to allow students to work comfortably!
Don’t forget to follow the Learning Commons Instagram account: LakieLC for fun updates of new books and other great things happening around the Learning Commons (and the rest of G.S. Lakie)!