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Welcome to St. Michael CHS Library!

Your School Library - A Great Place to Read and Gather

Welcome to the St. Michael Catholic High School Library. Come in and check out our services and resources. We have a great collection that includes fiction, non-fiction, reference, parent resources, and French language materials. We also have computers with Wi-Fi, access to on-line databases, and other electronic resources.

Library Hours
Monday - 
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come on in to the Library for a quiet place to read, do homework, and study. 

Students are welcome to use the library after school. 

Email your Librarian: sarah.chamberlain@cdsbeo.on.ca
It's YOUR Library! Check it Out!

"The book should be a light in one's hand." ~ Ezra Pound


May 18th&19th
The Great Book Giveaway


Come One, Come All

May 18th and 19th will go down, for St. Michael Catholic High School, as the greatest days to giveaway books.  We want to share, and help our old books find a new, happy home. We have a large assortment of items up for grabs. Come in, have a look and take some home with you. Monetary donations - in any amount - will be accepted but are not expected. 

Ottawa Citizen DIGITAL Edition

As part of the Ottawa Citizen’s Vacation for Education Program, we are now receiving 30 copies, (a full class set), of the Citizen’s DIGITAL edition. This means that at any one time, up to 30 students and staff members can be logged on to the DIGITAL edition.  This includes access to eleven major Canadian newspapers, including the National Post.
The DIGITAL edition is an exact digital replica of the Citizen’s print edition.  Additional features include:

  • Translation into twelve languages
  • The Newspaper Radio function, which allows students to hear stories read aloud
  • 7 – day digital archive search using simple key words.

How to sign on:
 Double click on “student links” on the desktop
Click on “Ottawa Citizen” and “view today’s edition”.

The CBC Poetry Prize is now open. The deadline to submit is May 31, 2017.


WHAT: Submit your original, unpublished poetry.

WHEN:The competition runs from April 1 to May 31.

WHO: All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

HOW: While the competition is active, submit online by clicking the "submit" link or, if you wish to submit by mail, you can download the offline submission formA fee of $25.00 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry.

WHAT YOU CAN WIN: The winner receives $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have their poetry published in Air Canada enRoute magazine and will have the opportunity to attend a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Four finalists will receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their poetry published on CBC Books.

WHAT YOU CAN WRITE: You can write a poem or collection of poems, up to 600 words in length. There is no minimum word requirement.

WANT SUPPORT? Subscribe to our CBC Poetry Prize newsletter and get writing tips in your inbox three times a week while the prize is open.

The 2016 winner was Michael Fraser for "African Canadian in Union Blue."

Quick Reference
Looking for quick facts and reliable data?  Check out these easy to access, online resources!


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Parent Council Resources
The St. Michael’s Parent Council has donated a wonderful collection of books and other resources to our school.  The collection is located in the Library.  Everyone is invited – indeed, encouraged - to take advantage of these excellent resources.  The collection was made possible through a grant.  The Parent Council worked very hard applying for the grant, choosing and purchasing the resources, and volunteering their time to help process the materials.  Particular thanks are extended to Parent Council member Tobi Seymour.
As you can see from the Parent Council Resources document which lists and describes the resources, the main focus of the collection is parenting and family life, with a particular emphasis on Christian faith and faith based values.
Read @ Your Library
The Library Rules!

The Library is a quiet, safe and comfortable work environment. You are welcome to come to the Library to read, relax, study, and work in a quiet and respectful manner. Please be aware of the rules and expectations for behavior in the Library:
  • Respect everyone!
  • No physical contact.
  • Volume levels are to be kept to a minimum.
  • No taking/touching other peoples property, without their permission.
  • No food or drink is permitted.
  • Students must be in uniform at all times.
  • No profanity (also known as swearing).
Check it Out!
Want to borrow a book? Great! That's what we're here for - but you should be aware that -

You may borrow books for three weeks.
You may renew your books as often as you need to.
You may take out six books at a time.
Lost books must be replaced or paid for.

Too Many New Titles to List!
Your library is a never ending source for books and resources, even more so now with the addition of over 100 books. This year, through fundraising, donations and contributions from the Parents Council, we have been able to update our collection by adding an excellent selection of new titles, classics and recommended favourites. We have added to our Non-fiction, Junior fiction, Teen fiction, Adult fiction, Parent Resources, and Religion collections. Come in and see what you can find. There is sure to be something for everyone!

Highlights and reviews coming soon!
Looking for a book to love?
"This unforgettable story, told from different points of view, has the power to change the way people think."
—Joyce Tiber, Next Chapter Books

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances? (Publisher's Description)

"A gentle, totally mesmerising book written in a compelling, realistic style that invites the reader into the intimate daily life of this marvelous, genuine boy and his family and holds them there. It is a powerful story that gives us the world we live in with a clean set of eyes; one you will return to again and again, with voices that will stay with you for a very long time. It is also about being yourself, even if the odds are against you, because in the end, that’s all you can be. For ages 10 and up (through adult readers), ‘Wonder’ is a thoroughly wonderful gift and a book that you must read."
—Mary Esther Judy, The Bookbag


Library Crafting Group

Reduce, Reuse and Upcycle!

This year, our library is hosting a weekly Crafting Group. We make book themed decorations, crafts and accessories, mainly constructed from discarded books and found items. We will meet every Wednesday after school, from 2:15pm-3:15pm. Come on out and get your craft on!

For more details or any inquiries, please contact Ms. Chamberlain:


St. Michael CHS and NGPL: Partnership for Education and Literacy

Resources for Students at YOUR Public Library

North Grenville Public Library provides access to numerous on-line resources, including:
>on-line databases
>on-line reference sources.

You need to have a library card to access these resources. ALL St. Mike's students are entitled to library cards, even if you don't live in North Grenville.   To find out more, click here!

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