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John Dryden Learning Commons

Welcome to the Library!

Bienvenue à la bibliothèque!


Students are able to visit the library to exchange their book anytime throughout the day as long as they have received permission from their teacher.  Only one book should be checked out at a time with the exception of students who are in the Junior/Intermediate French Immersion program, they are able to check out one French and one English book. 

The library is open during AM and PM recess for students who need to complete work or wish to read a book.

Battle of the Books

The Battle of the Books is a partnership program between the Whitby Public Library and the Durham District School Board. Students must read a number of books from the Battle of the Books list and be prepared to answer questions based on the books that they read. This is a great extra-curricular program that motivates students and allows them to read and compete together as a team. They will face other schools from the area in April for the Semi-Battle competition. The top three teams from this Battle, will then move forward to the Final Battle where they will compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. The Gold medal winner will go forward to the Regional Finals. Let the battle begin!!!!

Forest of Reading

forestofreading.jpgStudents in all grades will have the opportunity to participate in this amazing program from the OLA. Once students have read their books, they will be invited to vote for their favourite book. Students in the primary classes will read these books with Mrs. Kingston-McAllister or Mme Beltrano in the library. This program will start in January. Please click on the link for more information about this great program or for the list of books.


The DDSB provides an excellent site, The Learning Commons, for students to access information for the various stages of inquiry. Our goal is to introduce our students to a gradual release of responsibility for the four stages of research: Exploring, Investigating, Processing and Creating. The DDSB Learning Commons can be accessed from both home (go to the John Dryden website and look for the Learning Commons link) and school to help with all stages of the inquiry process. Many of the resources available through The Learning Commons are also available in French. 

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