New Library Staff

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I am so excited to say a big “Hello!” and “Nice to meet you!” to the MEI students, families and staff!

My name is Mrs. Katie Veldhoen, and I am the new Library Technician at MEI Elementary.  I am thrilled to be here and feeling so blessed to be able to join the amazing staff at MEI.

I can’t wait to meet everyone and share my love of books and all things library with you. September is almost here! See you soon!

Baby Animals!



Flowers are blooming, the sun is finally shining and the end of the school year is fast approaching. One exciting thing to look for in spring, is the birth of many baby animals! From puppies, to kittens, to ducklings and even baby fawns, this season is the time of year when baby animals begin to explore the world. Make sure to click on the pictures, they will take you to the Canadian Geographic webpage where you can find out more about these animals.

We are lucky to live in Canada where there are many different types of animals. I wanted to share with you some of my favourite baby animals that can be found across the country!



Beaver Kit: Beavers are important because they’re the national animal of Canada. Did you know that beavers are a type of rodent?


baby caribou

Caribou Fawn: Baby caribou live up north in the arctic where it’s cold and snowy. A fun fact about caribou is that they are related to reindeer!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFox Cub: These bushy-tailed babies are found throughout Canada; from at-home in Abbotsford all the way to PEI! A fun fact about foxes it that can come in many different colours such as brown, black, red, white and even silver!


Lynx_kittenLynx Kitten: The lynx can be found all across Canada and live many different climates such as forests and snowy tundra. A fun fact about lynxes is that they can live for over 20 years!


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Polar Bear Cubs: Baby polar bears live in the very far north of Canada in an area called the Arctic Circle. A fun fact about polar bears is that their fur lets them camouflage in the harsh environment! There are almost 15,000 polar bears living in Canada.


Porcupette: Did you know that a baby porcupine is called a Porcupette? Porcupines live almost everywhere in Canada. A fun fact about porcupines is that they have around 30,000 hollow and pointy quills across their body.


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Racoon Kit: These mischievous baby animals thrive in western and eastern Canada. One little known fact about racoons is that they love swimming!

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White-Tailed Deer Fawn: The White-tailed deer is the most common type of deer found in Canada. It can be found in every province, from BC to Nova Scotia and Nunavut. One fun fact about deer is that they can jump the height of a school bus!

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Wolf Cub: Baby wolves look like a lot like puppies, but don’t be fooled, these cuddly creatures are wild animals that live in almost every region of Canada.


Make sure to check out the baby animals display in the library! There is a large selection of baby animal books for you to learn more about these cute critters.

Finally, I would like to thank Jennifer and MEI Elementary for inviting me to complete my university practicum in the library. I have had a wonderful experience at your school, learned a great many things and met a lot of wonderful people.

– Guest Blogger Jessica Logan

Come to our Scholastic Book Fair!

Come to our Scholastic Book Fair!

It’s a great source for Christmas and Birthday presents!


Thank you for your support.

Enjoy the Book Fair!

Book Fair Hours:  

 Monday, Nov. 30 starting at 2:00-3:00 pm 

Tuesday, Dec 1  8:00-9:00 am and 2:00-3:00 pm

Wednesday, Dec 2  8:00-9:00 am and 2:00-3:00 pm

Thursday, Dec 3  8:00-9:00 am and 2:00-3:00 pm

Friday, Dec 4  8:00-9:00 am only 


See you at the Fair!!  



Free, Instant eBooks for Children!

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If you are looking for eBooks that your kids would enjoy,
whether you want to download children’s books on a computer or some other type of device or to keep kids reading, there are a few places that have children’s books that are available to download for free, instantly!

gutenbergThe Project Gutenberg of Canada has a variety of novels and picture/story books for children to choose from. They have reading materials on the computer so that children’s imaginations are developed, as well as their sense of adventure.

How to read the books on the internet: If you want to read them online, click on the link that says HTML or Text beside the title.
HTML zipped and Text zipped will download to a computer, which you may choose to save or open it right away.
Text zipped opens and saves in a Notepad document.
Some books say “HTML and text” it goes to a different page with links to choose to read it online or download to a device.

More Children’s Picture Books can be found here:
Have fun reading and discovering these favorites from

Hans Christian Anderson :
The Tinder Box
Little Claus and Big Claus
The Princess on the Pea Thumbelina
The Travelling Companion
Leslie L. Brooke:
Johnny Crow’s Garden
The Story of the Three Little Pigs
The Golden Goose Book, being the stories of The Golden Goose, The Three Bears, The 3 Little Pigs, Tom Thumb, with numerous Drawings in Colour and Black-and-White
Ring O’ Roses: A Nursery Rhyme Picture Book with numerous Drawings in Colour and Black-and-White

Walter Crane :
The Absurd ABC
An Alphabet of Old Friends
The Frog Prince and Other Stories
The Song Of Sixpence Picture Book containing Sing a Song of Sixpence; Princess Belle etoile
An Alphabet of Old Friends: with the original Coloured Designs By Walter Crane including a preface and other embellishments

Walter de la Mare :
The Dutch Cheese
A Penny A Day
The Scarecrow
The Lovely Myfanwy
The Three Sleeping Boys of Warwickshire

Wanda Gág :
Snippy and snappy
Snow White and the seven dwarves

Hugh Lofting :
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
Dr. Dolittle’s Circus
Dr. Dolittle’s Garden
Dr. Dolittle in the Moon
Dr. Dolittle’s Return

Beatrix Potter :
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin
The Tailor of Gloucester
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny
The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle
The Tale of the Pie and the Patty Pan
The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher
The Story of Miss Moppet
The Tale of Tom Kitten
The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck
The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or, The Roly-Poly Pudding
The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies
The Tale of Ginger and Pickles
The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse
The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes
The Tale of Mr. Tod
The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse

Ann Scott-Moncrief :
Auntie Robbo

Another location to download free public domain eBook titles is from FVRL’s overdrive site.
You are able to browse subjects on the bottom left. Children’s books are found under Juvenile Fiction, or Juvenile Poetry. When you press download, it will prompt you to open it in “iBooks” (if you have an iPad), or another file that is compatible with EPUP software, such as Sony Readers, Nooks, or Kobo’s eReader. There are no holds, waiting list and you can instantly enjoy reading, as there will be no need to sign in.

This week’s post by Kimberly Dunton.  Thank you, Kimberly!

October in the Library

What are you reading for October?

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In the Library this month, you’ll find books about harvest, Thanksgiving, pumpkins, apples, being generous and thankfulness.

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Survival stories for kids

For our grade 4 and 5’s: don’t forget to check out books from our “Survival Stories for Kids” display.  The Scholastic series ( “I Survived” has been very popular, and … if you like those, there are many other survival and adventure stories to choose from!

Mystery Series CartOctober is also a great month to check out a mystery book!  What are mystery books?  “The mystery genre is a type of fiction in which a detective, or other professional, solves a crime or series of crimes. It can take the form of a novel or short story. This genre may also be called detective or crime novels.”


Some popular mystery series are:

  • Encyclopedia Brown
  • The Hardy Boys
  • Nancy Drew
  • Mandie
  • Elizabeth Gail
  • The Boxcar Children
  • Tom and Liz Austen Mysteries
  • Cam Jansen
  • and many others
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 See you soon!



Smore you read the smore you know

Happy First Day of School!

We hope you had a great summer of reading!

This week the Grade 4 and 5 students will come to the Library to sign out textbooks and get a textbook orientation!

Next week, Grades 1-5 will come to the Library for their first Library Orientation and be able to sign out one book!

Do you have a picture of you reading a book over summer?  Submit your photo to be featured on our blog!

See you soon!