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To the Walnut Grove Secondary School Virtual Library Learning Commons​



The Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is celebrated December 5-11th, but you can participate year round! The site has tutorials for learning about coding on all kinds of devices plus paper activities as well.  Mission School District has gathered together some great resources. Watch the videos and be inspired by the idea of creating your own program and the possibilities of computational thinking.

Hours of Operation

Mon-Thurs: 7:45 AM - 3:30 PM *

Fri: 7:45 AM - 3:00 PM

*and sometimes even later


Access to

Charity Navigator

“Your Guide to Intelligent Giving”

So you want to make a charitable donation this Christmas but you’re not sure how much of your money will actually go towards the charity’s goal?
Or perhaps you aren’t clear about the charity’s mission or the actual work they do? 
Perhaps you have some concerns with a particular charity after seeing something in the news?


Charity Navigator (a charity itself) is the place to obtain background on various charities.  Enter the name to access quick infographics that show ratings and financial accountability.  Perform side-by-side ratings of up to 5 charities at a time, view up to the past 3 years of financial records, peruse the Donor Advisory list, and determine which charity deserves your support this Christmas.

Christmas Food Hamper

WGSS is helping the Langley Christmas Bureau by donating Christmas Hampers. Our hope is that the hampers will provide all the trimmings for a hearty Christmas dinner as well as extra food for the holiday season. Please come down to the Libr@ry and drop your donations into the collection box on the circulation desk!

No-Name Calling Week

We celebrate kindness by putting it into action! Every year for No-Name Calling Week, GLSEN asks students and teachers to challenge bullying and name-calling in their communities.  This year, No Name-Calling Week begins on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and ends on the Presidential Inauguration Day in the U.S. It is an important opportunity to show ally-ship to LGBTQ students, particularly transgender and gender nonconforming (GNC) students, as well as LGBTQ students of color.  Moreover, it is an opportunity to examine the words we use that can hurt others.  It is a week to be kind to everyone and to find ways to end bullying.  Walnut Grove’s Pride Club is sponsoring a week’s full of activities to show that Gator Nation supports anti-bullying. -- adapted from GLSEN, 2016

Check out the link below to find more ways to participate!


Genius has no race. Strength has no gender. Courage has no limits.

Women have achieved some truly remarkable feats throughout history, too often without recognition. To help support this pivotal new movie, Hidden Figures, and encourage young women to succeed, is inviting students to share their own favourite female heroes.

The Canada-wide Hidden Figures Heroes contest will award a math scholarship of $2,000 to a winning student who tweets to tell us who their favourite female hero is and why using #HiddenFiguresHeroes.

For the month of February, the WGSS Library is setting students up on  
Blind Dates...with books! 
Come down to the library and check out the selection.

You might even find love!


Don't forget to come down to the library and start your

Spring Break Reading List!


For the second time in four years, our Senior Boys Basketball team was crowned Provincial Champions on the first Saturday of spring break! In a thrilling Championship Game, our Gators beat the Kelowna Owls for the 5th time this year, enacting revenge for last year’s loss in the provincial semi finals. The game was very close from the start and the teams were tied halfway through the final quarter, before our boys pulled away for a win. The victory capped off a fantastic week and incredible season for the team as they finished with only one loss to a Canadian team.

Great job Gators!

Beauty and the Beast

WGSS Theatre in the Grove’s musical production of
Beauty and the Beast
begins this week April 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29

All evening performances begin at 7pm
Special matinee performance April 29 at 2pm

Adults $15, Students and Seniors $12

Also available "Be Our Guest" tickets for
April 20 and 27 which includes dinner prepared by the ACE IT/ VCC Culinary Program Students

Tickets will be $25 for Adults and

$20 for Students and Seniors.

Tickets can be purchased online 
You may also contact the theatre department via email: or call
604-882-0220 ext 580 for more information

Cristy is the author of a number of books for young adults, all of which are available in our Library collection - including her books in the popular Orca and Side Streets series.

Cristy Watson

All students and interested parents are very welcome to attend this session to meet Cristy, hear about her work as an author and learn more about ways to extend and refine their own writing talents. The Library has also ordered a number of new information resources about writing which are available for students to read. See us for more information about these titles.

Come to the Libr@ry at flex on
Thursday, April 27

to meet author Cristy Watson!

Thursday May 11th is our WGSS Libr@ry Website's
1st Birthday, and you know what that means....


Fill out the Feedback form at the bottom of the Home Page for your chance to win a prize!

Contest goes from May 11th - 31st!

Take a Book, Leave a Book

A special thank you to Mr. Halabourda and his Carpentry and Joinery 11 class who designed and built these Little Free Libraries! These amazing Take a Book, Leave a Book Community Libraries are now in the process of being installed at four local elementary schools in the Walnut Grove and Langley areas –

see below to find out where!


Don't forget!

The Fraser Valley Regional Library
has a summer reading club!

The best time for reading is while you are enjoying the sunshine!


Orange Shirt Day - Friday Sept., 29

To honour Survivors of Indian Residential Schools, promote the message of “Every Child Matters” and provide leadership in Truth and Reconciliation, the Langley School District has participated in Orange Shirt Day since 2014. Orange Shirt Day activities take place throughout the Langley School District
the week of September 26th to 30th.

Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.

Click here, and check out the video below to learn more!

I AM SCOUT by Charles J. Shields

813.54 SHI

One of my favourite reads is To Kill A Mockingbird by American writer Harper Lee.  Probably one of the most widely read novels in high school English classes, generations of students have dissected its themes and plot points or watched the Academy Award winning performance of Gregory Peck as Atticus in the iconic movie version.  But wait – there’s so much more to the back story behind this novel and its creation.  This compulsively intriguing biography paints a portrait of Lee’s very private world, uncovers her struggles as a writer, describes the experiences which sparked the development of her novel characters, and showcases her life as an unconventional woman in a time where society dictated one’s future.   The book recaps Lee’s childhood friendship with fellow author Truman Capote, her pivotal role in his bestselling crime thriller In Cold Blood, and offers insights into her reluctance to publish a follow-up novel.   I Am Scout is not to be missed – I found it a very entertaining and satisfying read which only deepened my understanding and appreciation of Lee’s amazing accomplishments.

GREEN RIVER KILLER: A True Detective Story by Jeff Jensen

GX 364.152 JEN

A riveting thriller about the hunt for the worst serial killer in US history – Seattle’s Green River Killer -responsible for the slaying of more than forty-eight women and girls.  A disturbing account written by the son of the detective who solved the case. An Eisner Award-Winning graphic novel.
An astounding graphic novel – this is not just a riveting, relentless crime story, but a crackling morality tale pitting the dark glamour of evil against the day-to-day hard work demanded in the upkeep of decency.  It’s a chilling, unnerving story, with sharp burst of humor and a strong, true, humane heart.  Absolutely fantastic.  – Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl

SAMURAI RISING: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune

952.01 TUR

With more beheadings than you can shake a katana at, this account of the life of twelfth-century samurai Minamoto Yoshitsune is pure excitement. While he is known mostly through legends, Turner plumbs the archives to figure out who Yoshitsune—the man who redefined the samurai—really was. Beginning in 1160, her account describes the clan rivalry between the Minamotos and the Taira, particularly Yoshitsune's father's failed power grab, which lost him his head and tipped the scales to favor the Taira. Yoshitsune was sent to a Buddhist monastery, but as a teenager, he snuck away to pursue a warrior's life and seek revenge. Throughout, Turner uses modern language and points of reference to draw meaningful comparisons to historic events. For instance, she likens Yoshitsune's sudden decision to undergo samurai training to that of a "boy who never had played Little League showing up for spring training with the Yankees." In short, fast-moving chapters—each with opening art by the masterful Gareth Hinds—readers witness the rebellious, brave Yoshitsune's formative battles, rise to fame, and eventual fall in 1189, while gaining an understanding of the changing role of samurai in Japanese society. Every bit as exciting as fiction, Yoshitsune's saga is supported with extensive chapter notes, a time line, a character list, and an explanation of how Turner recreated his world. Kids who think history is boring will lose their heads over this one. Booklist

100 DEADLY SKILLS: Survival Edition by Clint Emerson

613.69 EME

Written by a retired Navy SEAL this book offers a real-life checklist for surviving in any environment, and learning to defend yourself and others in moments of crisis.  Short descriptions incorporating everyday objects and the use of clear graphic illustrations will help you learn how to:
Outwit a pickpocket
Escape a wild boar attack
Resist an attempted abduction
Survive a major earthquake
Filter water in a swamp
Survive a shark attack

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The Libr@ry will be hosting contests for students once every few months!

Be sure to keep your ears open for announcements about what the contest is, and what you could win!




NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is an annual tradition where writers, aspiring writers, and people who just love a challenge all attempt to write 50,000 words in one month. For those with less free time there is the Young Writers Program or YWP.
The YWP allows the participant to set their own goal that is manageable within their schedule. Both the YWP and the NaNoWriMo website have some excellent resources (and exclusive deals) for writers including workbooks and discounts on software made specifically for writers. Not only that, but you can also find Pep Talks from some of your favourite authors, including the wonderful John Green! So get out there and write. A whole month of writing, there’s gotta be something good in there somewhere.

Follow the link for more information: 

Our WGSS Library Advisory Council
is sponsoring this adorable
Saw-Whet Owl named Bauer!


NOTE: If you have a soccer net, please consider taking it down when not in use as they present a danger to owls. If you need to leave it up during the soccer season, you can help make your net more visible to wildlife by weaving cloth strips or ribbon 4-5 inches apart. Make it fun by using your team colours! --The Owl Foundation

By John Green F GRE

It's here: the eagerly awaited new novel by John Green, and-not to milk the suspense-it's superb. High-school junior Aza has an obsessive fear of being infected with the bacteria Clostridium difficile ("C. diff"), which can be fatal. Her fear has become obsession, plaguing her with "intrusive," thoughts that take over her mind, making her feel that she is not the author of her own life.   - Booklist Review

By Adrianne Strickland and Michael Miller F STR

Mrs. Proske highly recommends this action-packed, sci-fi  fantasy read!

Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can't resist her, even if her ship is an antique. As for Nev, he's a prince, in hiding on the ship. He believes Qole holds the key to changing galactic civilization, and when her cooperation proves difficult to obtain, Nev resolves to get her to his home planet by any means necessary. But before they know it, a rival royal family is after Qole too, and they're more interested in stealing her abilities than in keeping her alive. 

By Jeanne Dobie 751.42 DOB

Through clear, illuminating exercises, this brilliant book explores new ways to think about color, generating responses that unlock personal creativity and allows artists to express themselves with paint as never before.  This book gets a 5-STAR rating from WGSS Art Teacher, Mr. Gordon!

By Georgia Bragg 920 BRA

Everyone makes mistakes.  Sometimes epic failures even lead to super successes…Sometimes they become deep, dark secrets.  But to fail is human; to laugh about it is an easy way to learn about the past.  From MontezumaI’s mistaking an enemy conqueror for a god to Amelia Earhart’s “winging it” until she crashed, How They Choked knocks fourteen famous achievers off their pedestals to reveal the human side of history.

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Where do the glasses go? Watch a video clip about
 IRIS Mundial 2017 

Guess the Book!

With winter looming before us, the library has decided to bring a little warmth with a contest. Against our very nature, we have (gasp!) shredded a book!
This motley assembly of parts has been poured into Ms. Elliott’s overlarge pickle jar.

Come down to the library and gawk at it!
Which book is it? How could you even tell? Have the library staff totally lost it?


Maya B.

The answer was...The Maze Runner #1


Visit us in the library to view the remains of this month’s book and take a guess!
Fill out one of our handy dandy slips of paper and drop it in the contest entry box.
If you get it right, you might win a Starbucks or Tim Horton's gift card!

As part of the tradition of recognizing excellent achievements at WGSS, last year Ethan Eigenfeldt, Kevin Kim, and Robin Lee took part in the annual 2017 ZoomFest student film competition based out of Vancouver.  They had 48 hours to develop a script, film, and edit a short film and submit to the judging board by 48th hour.  This year, there were over 160 entries in the Jr and Sr categories. 

The team cleaned up.  The won the following in the Senior division:




BEST EDITING – runner up


Check out their captivating video "The Yellow Day".

We love the name that you picked for this area, Madelaine! 

Thanks to our WGSS PAC now we have a beautiful, custom counter top similar to the Quiet Side of the library, brand-new bar-stools, and charging ports.

Look for upcoming art displays on the new slat-wall bulletin board !

Check out this awesome video!
PBS NOVA's Rise of the Robots

Read, Run, Repeat

Check out our Featured Blog Post written by our very own Calysta Thompson!
Calysta is a WGSS Grade 12 student and Library TA who has a passion for writing. In her new blog post Calysta shares her personal experience participating in
NaNoWriMo - not sure what that is? 
Check out her post to learn more!



By Jason Reynolds F REY

A timely read, considering the recent school shootings in Florida. Written in free verse form. -- Mrs. Proske

A Newbery Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
A Printz Honor Book
Longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature
Winner of the Walter Dean Myers Award
Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner
An Entertainment Weekly Best YA Book of 2017
A Vulture Best YA Book of 2017
A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of 2017

Fifteen-year-old Will, immobilized with grief when his older brother Shawn is shot and killed, slowly comes to mull The Rules in his head. There are three: don’t cry, don’t snitch, and “if someone you love / gets killed, / find the person / who killed / them and / kill them.” So Will locates Shawn’s gun, leaves his family’s
eighth-floor apartment, and—well, here is where this intense verse novel becomes a gripping drama, as on each floor of the descending elevator Will is joined by yet another victim or perpetrator in the chain of violence that took his brother’s life.

ByTheodore Gray 530 GRA

Into Chemistry?  Theodore Gray’s continues his book trilogy with a brief recap of elements and molecules and explains important concepts that characterize a chemical reaction. Gray’s amazing photography and storytelling talents demonstrate how molecules interact in ways that are essential to our very existence. The book is organized by type of reaction and includes stunning never seen before photographs to support the information.

By Dion Leonard 636.7 LEO

If you are a sucker for dog stories, you are going to love reading this one!  -- Mrs. Proske


Finding Gobi is the miraculous tale of Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner who crosses paths with a stray dog while competing in a 155-mile race through the Gobi Desert in China. The lovable pup, who would later earn the name Gobi, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the Tian Shan Mountains, across massive sand dunes, through yurt villages and the black sands of the Gobi Desert, keeping pace with him for 77 miles.


As Dion witnessed the incredible determination and heart of this small animal, he found his own heart undergoing a change as well.  Although Dion did not cross the finish line first, he felt he had won something even greater – a new outlook on life and a new friend that he planned on bringing home as soon as arrangements were made.  However, Gobi went missing in the sprawling Chinese city where she was being kept. Dion, with the help of strangers and a viral outpouring of assistance on the internet, set out to track her down, and reunite forever with the amazing animal that changed his life and proved to him and the world that miracles are possible. 

By Sophie Hannah F CHR

Have you watched Murder on the Orient Express?  The world’s most famous detective, Hercule Poirot – Agatha Christie’s most famous creation – returns in this new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Monogram Murders: a diabolically clever mystery soaked in period atmosphere and loaded with clues, suspense, and danger.

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Mr. Gordon

Art 8: Paper Cuts 

In the style of Charlie Harper

Mr. Gordon

Art 10: Campbell's Soup

Using found imagery to create pop art

Mr. Gordon

Art 8: Experiments in Water Colour

Shape and Texture