Literacy and Learning

Our Library Learning Commons offers students a variety of programs, clubs and services to enhance literacy and learning. Speak to a member of our staff for more information. 

Name of Program or Service Description
Battle of the Books

What:  A reading program for students who love to read. Participants read approximately 30 books together as a team.  Students join other students from across Durham, at the public library to compete and share their knowledge about the books they have read.

Who:   2 teams - Junior (Grade 4-6) and Intermediate (Grade 7-8). 

Coding Club

What:  Students are developing coding, stop motion animation and robotic skills once a week throughout the year in the library.  Students are using drag and drop coding skills to code their robots. 

Who:  Junior and Intermediate students. 

Eco Spirit Council

What: An Eco club where students participate in various eco initiatives and projects with a focus on stewardship of creation.  Environmental projects such as gardening, waste and energy conservation, Water Wise projects

Who: Students from Grades 3-8. 

Green Screen Technology

What: Students, in groups on their own, or with the teacher, sign up to use the green room and use apps to create videos, book trailers, and slideshows depending on the assignment or project. 

Who: Students from Kindergarten to Grade 8

Forest of Reading


Each category has 10 books. Students are expected to read a minimum of 5 books and complete a passport. On Voting Day, they vote for their favourite book. All votes count with those of similarly aged students across Ontario to elect the winning author. Blue Spruce and Prix Peuplier books are read to students by teachers and all ten books are expected to be read.

Who: Students in the following grades can participate:

  • Kindergarten to Grade 2: Blue Spruce and Prix Peuplier
  • Grades 3-4: Silver Birch Express
  • Grades 5-6: Silver Birch Fiction and NonFiction
  • Grades 7-8: Red Maple Fiction and NonFiction
Reading Club
What: Bring your book and enjoy some quiet time to read!. 

When: We offer this program during lunch hours from January to March Break.

Who: Students from Grades 3 - 8.


Social Justice - Me to We Club

What: Students work together to gain an understanding of the issues around hunger, poverty, and lack of education and explore how they can help. The 'Me to We' club plans local and global action to improve their community and the world.

Who: Students from Grades 6-8