Semester 2 start-up

Hi everyone!

Welcome to semester 2! We’ve had a great start-up so far and I have enjoyed getting to know my new “spare” students. If you have a spare this semester and I have not met you yet – feel free to come to the Learning Commons and introduce yourself! I am here pretty much all the time and am available for support, resource finding and writing help. I also have tea.  🙂

Some exciting stuff happening:

  • Furniture has been ordered and is set to arrive on April 1st. This includes soft seating to run along the windows in the collaborative area, new tables, café-style tables, armchairs for reading and comfy sofas for relaxing. I am so excited for all of you to see the changes!!!
  • The CBE will be painting our Learning Commons over the summer (no more maroon!)  😉
  • We are rolling out a “what are you reading?” Twitter campaign. I’d like you to tweet (using your personal twitter account) what book you are currently reading in English, French or Spanish with the hashtag #abelearningcommons. If you don’t have a twitter account, come see me and I can tweet it using the Learning Commons twitter @abereads

Finally, I have another guest blog post from our very own Haley Quinn! Enjoy!

Sway by Kat Spears

Sway is a book about a guy with undeniable charm and charisma and who gets things done for people. A business man in the setting of high school life. From drugs to alcohol to the term paper you don’t have time to write, Jesse can get it all for you… For a price. Until one day he doesn’t want to give up the thing he was asked to get.

Sway is an unconventional take on the ups and downs of high school life. It is not your typical contemporary romance,  with an edgy, badass, morally ambiguous narrator Jesse Alderman and the sweet girl-next-door Bridget Smalley. This book keeps you turning pages, if only to see what crazy thing Jesse does next. 

Until next time, keep reading!

Ms. Cummings



And we march on…

Hello everyone!

I hope you guys are enjoying the changes in the Library Learning Commons! Student feedback so far has been really positive and it seems that many are using the space to collaborate, study as a group and individually, take a brain break, read a book or work during a flex period. I hope that you will all continue to let us know what you need from your LLC. This is your space and we want you to LOVE using it.  🙂

Having said that, WE NEED YOUR HELP! We are in the final stretch of our fundraising campaign. While your parents are happy to write cheques for the LLC, they want you guys to step it up. So. I have a donations box at the circulation desk set up and ready for your money. Any little bit counts so please be generous and contribute to this exciting endeavor. Leadership students will be visiting classes next week to talk about the transformation (and fundraiser!)  and I have also posted some pictures for you guys to see as examples in the LLC (Couches! Café tables! Lounge chairs!).

On another note, did you know that you have access to “The Key” via the Calgary Public Library website? All you need to do to sign up is visit and set up an account. When you are prompted for a promo code, use “CBE”. If you need help setting up your CPL account and/or finding “The Key”, come and see me in the Library Learning Commons and I would be more than happy to give you a hand.

I know that you all love the fact that you can eat in here now. Trust me – I can’t study unless I’m eating either hehehe! Buuuuuut, please ensure that you are cleaning up after yourselves and putting your garbage away. For the most part, you guys have been awesome but there is still some room for improvement.

As always, let me know if there are any good books you’d like me to buy. I am noticing that our circulation levels are way up from September so keep reading! Looking forward to seeing you in the LLC!

Ms. Cummings

Welcome post!

Hello everyone! Thanks so much for visiting our Learning Commons blog!

As you know, we are currently undergoing a massive shift in the “vibe” here. So what does this look like? Wellllll, you can eat here now. And you can talk. AND, you can use computers on a drop-in basis. Yes – we heard you! And this is only the beginning! In the next few months, we hope to get some comfy seating, collaborative tables, café tables and better display shelving (so you guys can notice all the cool books I’ve been buying!). J

As part of this regular blog, there will be “guest posts” by students who are reviewing books. I am so excited to get students involved and if you would like to review a book (or request our reviewers to review one), please fire me an email at

Another big change we’re making is to build up our fiction section. I was surprised in September at the lack of book circulation here at Aberhart – like, why don’t students sign out books?  So….I went out last week and bought lots of books at Chapters. You guys – I literally bought every single YA new and popular fiction they had. So come and take a look (I’m so proud of my work haha)! And, if there’s a book you’d like, that we don’t already have, let me know and I will buy it for you to read. It’s like having your own personal book shopping service.

Finally, I’ve been hitting up ELA and SS classes to talk about digital citizenship (be responsible online people!) as well as sourcing authentic websites when doing research. If I missed your class and/or you are unsure about using a website or doing an internet search, come and see me and we can discuss ok?

Here’s to a great year ahead! J

Ms. Cummings

Guest post #1 – Graceling

Hanging out in the commons


Blog #1- Fred the Red

Graceling  By: Kristin Cashore

Hey guys! This is a new blog put out by the school to talk about amazing books that are coming in to the learning commons! If you have any suggestions on books I should read and do a small review on, please let Ms Cummings know!

So…I read the book “Graceling” a little while ago and it was so good! You will definitely like this book if you like Narnia. And, the main character is a little bit like Katniss from the Hunger Games.

“Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight”…Crazy right?!?!

“She’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the King, she is forced to work as the King’s thug. When she first meets Prince Po, graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace- or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away…”

I enjoyed this book because it was riveting, there are plot twists everywhere and you never know exactly what is coming next! No matter where Katsa and Po go, they take you with them! I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did and feel free to post a comment to let me know what you think!

Keep your eyes peeled for my blog and, if you have a book you’d like me to review, email Ms. Cummings at secummings@cbe,