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Project Prep & Positioning 3 of the 4 Cambridge Libraries branches are located in core area communities Core area schools are located within walking distance of their community library

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3 of the 4 Cambridge Libraries branches are located in core area communities

  • Core area schools are located within walking distance of their community library
  • Cambridge Libraries Partners’ with local schools to offer academic support to our community Elementary students
project prep @
Project Prep @

What do we offer?

  • Teachers can book a one time visit OR regular monthly visits throughout the school year
  • Library visit customized to current unit of study
  • Basic research skills on OPAC (Title, Author, Keyword & Subject Searches)
  • Introduction to Online Databases (Selection based on unit of study)
  • Feature relevant websites (Canadian Encyclopedia Online)
  • Library Memberships and free replacement cards for visiting students
  • Project support & leisure reading book selections
support not competition
Support not Competition!

We are NOT classroom teachers

We are NOT Teacher-Librarians

We are NOT replacing the school library

  • We ARE offering access to a wide range of curriculum support materials that the school library cannot afford to provide
  • We ARE displaying new leisure reading materials from comics to the latest chapter books
  • We ARE showcasing the ASKON databases for student’s research
  • We ARE training students to perform basic catalogue searches
  • We ARE giving students library cards & FREE replacement cards
building teacher library relationships
Building Teacher/Library Relationships
  • September Publicity:

Library Visit Planners are sent to every school principal in Cambridge to distribute to their teaching staff. Planners contain one sheet flyer that briefly highlights classroom visit opportunities and a flyer for the Young Readers…Young Riders program that offers a free transit ride to the library.

  • Build an Email List:

Teachers that book a visit are automatically added to our teacher email list. This list is used to send out information about the library (New databases, Author Visits, Poetry Events, Let’s Read program etc…)

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Building Teacher/Library Relationships
  • Preach to the Choir:

Remind teachers that visit with their class that they can come again for a different unit of study.

  • Be Flexible:

Teachers will need flexibility when booking regular library visits. Chose times that work well with both the library and the class schedules. Classes that walk to the library are at the mercy of the weather; snow, rain and extreme cold will affect their ability to attend.

creating student library ownership
Creating StudentLibrary Ownership

Students who attend Project Prep visits on a regular basis develop a strong sense of library ownership.

Proven Success:

  • Central School (Gr. 4,5 & 6) attend the Queen’s Square Library monthly for Project Prep class visits.
  • These students return to the library on a regular basis on their own to use the computers, attend library programs (PD Day Specials, Saturday Craftastic & Gr.4 & Up After-school) and borrow materials.
library visit timelines
Library Visit Timelines

Project Prep Library Visit = 60 Minutes

  • Tour of the Department =10 min
  • Unit of Study PowerPoint

(Basic OPAC & Database Training) = 20 min

  • Research Activity (FUN Factor) =10 min
  • Library Cards & Membership Guidelines=10 min
  • Book Selection and Check-out =10 min
winter olympics vancouver 2010

Winter OlympicsVancouver 2010

Feb. 12 – the first day of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games

speed skating
Speed Skating
  • There is no faster sport in the world, powered solely by the human body, than speed skating. Skaters can reach speeds of more than 60 kilometers per hour!
  • Speed skating takes place on a 400-metre oval ice rink and is timed to one-hundredth of a second.
cindy klassen
Cindy Klassen

Sport: Speed Skating LT

The 25-cent coin celebrates her incredible five medals won at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games – one gold, two silverand two bronze.

  • Biography Information:
  • Born:December 8th, 1979
  • Birth Place:Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Residence:Calgary, Alberta

GOLD Medal

Winner for Canadian


figure skating
Figure Skating
  • Figure skating competition is comprised of singles, pairs and ice dance.
  • Each skating element (jump, lift, footwork, etc.) has a point value.
    • Judging on a scale of one to 10, the judges express the overall presentation of the whole program.

Bryce Davison & Jessica Dubé

Sport: Figure Skating-Pairs

  • Biography Information:
  • Born:October 29,1987
  • Birth Place:Drummondville, Québec
  • Residence:St-Cyrille-de-Wendover, Québec
  • Born:January 29,1986
  • Birth Place:Walnut Creek, California, USA
  • Residence:Huntsville, Ontario
alpine skiing
Alpine Skiing
  • Alpine skiing, an adaptation of cross-country skiing to downhill, has been practiced in the European Alps for at least 150 years.
  • Ski racing is simple: the fastest racer from top to bottom wins. There are no judges, just a clock measuring time and gates that mark the route the racers must take through the course.
  • There are five Olympic events in alpine: Downhill, Slalom, Giant

Slalom, Super Giant Slalom (Super-G) and Super Combined.

kelly vanderbeek
Kelly VanderBeek

Sport: Alpine Skiing

  • Biography Information:
  • Born: January 21,1983
  • Birth Place:Kapuskasing, Ontario
  • Residence:Chilliwack, British Columbia
ice hockey
Ice Hockey
  • Ice hockey was born in Canada. The first set of rules specifying a puck and a flat piece of wood was written in 1837.
  • The object of the game of ice hockey is to get the puck into the
  • goal defended by the opposing team. The ice surface is divided in half by a centre red line and into thirds by two blue lines.
  • The 2010 Olympic Winter Games ice hockey tournaments are played on a North American ice surface which is four metres narrower than international rinks.
martin brodeur
Martin Brodeur

Sport: Ice Hockey

  • Biography Information:
  • Born: May 6th,1972
  • Birth Place:Montréal, Québec
  • Residence:West Orange, New Jersey, USA

Enter Famous

Athlete’s Name

freestyle skiing
Freestyle Skiing
  • Tricks for the Olympic freestyle skiing events include the twister, spread-eagle, iron cross, and the helicopter (an upright 360-degree spin).
  • In aerials, competitors hit the jumps or 'kickers' at speeds of

60+ km/h, launch themselves some 15 metres in the air.

Competitors must perform two different jumps consisting of single or multiple somersaults with or without twists.

  • Ski cross is based on a simple concept: first across the finish line wins.

Jennifer Heil

Sport: Freestyle Skiing

  • Biography Information:
  • Born:November 4, 1983
  • Birth Place:Edmonton, Alberta
  • Residence:Montréal, Québec
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Winter Olympics Vancouver 2010

Olympic Books




from lines written for gene kelly to dance to by carl sandburg

Can you dance a question mark?

Can you dance an exclamation point?

Can you dance a couple of commas?

And bring it to a finish with a period?

Can you dance like the wind is pushing you?

Can you dance like you are pushing the wind?

Can you dance with slow wooden heels and then change to bright and singing silver heels?

Such nice feet, such good feet.

from Lines Written For Gene Kelly To Dance Toby Carl Sandburg

if you could wear my sneakers by sheree fitch
If you could wear my sneakers!By: Sheree Fitch

If you were me and I were you

For just a day or maybe two

Then maybe you and maybe me

Would see the me that you were too

Because…the you I see

You try to be never ever

Speaks to me

See…If you knew the me I am

Or I could know the you you be

I think we would eventually

Discover we like broccoli!

if you could wear my sneakers con t by sheree fitch
If you could wear my sneakers! con’tBy: Sheree Fitch

Yeah…we could form the broccoli bunch

Invite each other out to lunch

Share our little broccoli trees

Cover them with melted cheese

But…you pass me by without a smile

as if I were a crocodile then look the other way in case

You see the me that’s in my face.

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If you could wear my sneakers! con’tBy: Sheree Fitch

If you could wear my sneakers

(You might plug your nose)

And if I could wear your shoes

(Even if they crunch my toes)

Maybe we could see the us

We never got to meet

The you and me

That might have found

More broccoli to eat

ping pong poem by douglas florian







like a








Ping-Pong Poem by Douglas Florian

the proving ground



The sound the ball makes.

Holding the paddle like that.

They know what they are doing.

The champions of recess.

The Proving Ground

Shanghai, China 1980

humpty dumpty

Humpty Dumpty

Had a great lake.

Humpty Dumpty

Made a mistake.

All the king’s chemicals,

All the king’s waste

Went into the lake,

For goodness’ sake!

Humpty Dumpty

we are plooters by jack prelutsky

We are Plooters,

We don’t care,

We make messes


We strip forests

Bare of trees,

We dump garbage

In the seas.

We are Plooters,

We enjoy

Finding beauty

To destroy,

We intrude

Where creatures thrive,

Soon there’s little

Left alive.

We Are Plootersby Jack Prelutsky



Nothing’s safe

When we’re around,

We spew poisons

In the air,

We are Plooters,

We don’t care.


Walking on air.

Looks ancient.


I’d like to do this.

I like adventure.

Hard work.

I’d tell him to keep going.


Village of Karamakhi, Republic of Dagestan, Russian 2000

my memories of the nicaraguan revolution by eugenio alberto cano correa

A tear streaming from my eye,

Running through a field seeking refuge,

A road lined with bullet shells instead of pebbles,

An empty wheelbarrow stained red,

A pillar of smoke uniting sky and ground,

A slogan cried from the background,

A hug of protection from my mama.

My Memories of the Nicaraguan Revolutionby Eugenio Alberto Cano Correa

Una lagrima fluyendo de mi ojo,

Corriendo a campo traviesa buscando refugio,

Un camino marcado po bals servidas en vez de guijarros,

Una carretilla vacia manchada de rojo,

Una pilar de humo uniendo cielo y tierra,

Una consigna gritada desde el fondo,

Un abrazo protector de mi mama.

speak up by janet s wong


Just don’t, I guess.

I don’t speak it.

I can’t.

Halmoni. Grandmother.

Haraboji. Grandfather.

Imo. Aunt.

Hey, let’s listen to you for a change.

Say some foreign words.

Your family came from

somewhere else. Sometime.

So was I.

You’re Korean, aren’t you?

Why don’t you speak Korean?

Say something Korean.

C’mon. Say something.

Say some other stuff.

Sounds funny. Sounds strange.

Listen to me?

But I’m American can’t you see?

But I was born here.

Speak Up by Janet S. Wong

voting time
Voting Time
  • Lines Written For Gene Kelly To Dance ToCarl Sandburg
  • If you could wear my sneakers!

Sheree Fitch

  • Ping-Pong Poem

Douglas Florian

  • The Proving Ground

Poems by Children

  • Humpty Dumpty

Barbara Wynklunder

  • We Are Plooters

Jack Prelutsky

  • Climbing

Poems by Children

  • My Memories of the Nicaraguan Revolution

Eugenio Alberto Cano correa

  • Speak Up

Janet S. Wong


Where are the

Poetry books?




Kinds of Poetry


General anthologies

Many Kinds of Poetry by different Poets


Kinds of Poetry




All the poems

Have the same theme


Kinds of Poetry


Poet Compilations:


Poetry books


Kinds of Poetry


Poem Picture Books:

One poem with picture book illustrations


Don’t Miss the Poetry Contest!

  • Poem-a-Day Contest starts January 2010
  • Ten winning poems will be selected from each of the following age groups: Children (0-11) ,Youth (12-17) and Adult (18+).
  • The poems will be judged by three local poets
  • The winning poems will be featured in displays at the Cambridge libraries.
  • Winners will receive a gift, have their poem printed and get to read their poems at a celebration of poetry at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts.
  • Contestants may submit up to three poems.
  • Submit online at or in person at any library location or the Centre for the Arts.






Winner 2009!

project prep class visits benefit your library staff
Project Prep Class Visits Benefit your Library Staff
  • Fluency with online databases
  • Familiarity with elementary curriculum and student project resources
  • Confidence in using the library’s website - finding relevant links and information
  • Development of a full-range of curriculum based PowerPoint presentations that can be used by staff at any location.
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