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The first words spoken by over Alexander Bell over the telephone were: Watson, please come here. I want you.

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LGBTQ+ Book List
Some books where LGBTQ+ characters or themes are prominent.
Please note: Book lists only include some of the applicable books in our library. More titles will be added to lists as they are identified. Help is welcome.
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If you or a friend need help, Phoenix probably offers it. They do a lot and it's free. Check it out!
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“When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails.” ~ H. Jackson Brown

Welcome to the HPJH Library Website
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Email Ms. Makmillen
Welcome to our library’s digital space! Use the search bar above to search the library’s collection of books. Our site is more than just a catalogue though. It’s a portal dedicated to your reading and information needs at HPJH. Take a look around. There’s a lot to explore. Thanks for Visiting!
Have a question? Want to touch base? Need some help? Send an email to my gnspes or hrce address and I’ll get back to you.
So you want something to read, eh?
This site can help you find options to read online AND hardcopy books that are in our HPJH library collection for you to borrow.

How do I find the books I can hold in my hand?

The search bar at the top lets you search our library collection (see “Tips for searching our school library catalogue” below for help). If you scroll down you’ll see there are also horizontal strips of book covers featuring books that are recently viewed, popular or new.
Your login to reserve a book is your 10 digit student id number and then your name as the password. I’ll get an alert and set the book aside for you when it is available. You can also use this login to look at your current borrowed items. Contact me (Ms. Makmillen) if you want your password changed.

How do I find stuff to read online?

The word “stuff” is used here because online reading options include eBooks, audiobooks and other online content. If you are reading you are READing – doesn’t matter if it’s a website or a more traditional book.
A section below “The HRCE Reads Online” will link you to a few large, online collections of ebooks and audiobooks. There are also more possibilities across this site.
What's New?
You can see some of the latest books added to our collection above. Some are still in processing, some are ready to be borrowed, and some are already borrowed! Click a book cover for more details.
See more books that are new here. When page opens, click a list title to open it. You can click "sort by" to arrange a list into the groups and order the books would be in on the library shelves. Stay tuned - more books will be added in the coming weeks.
The HRCE Reads Online
Tumblebooks offers you a selection of books to read online. Many are available with audio and a read-along feature. Some picture books are animated which is pretty cool. Check it out!
AudioBookCloud is an online audio library collection of streaming audio books for grades 7-12. Choose a book and start listening. Access from HRCE addresses is blocked, but you can use it at home!
TEEN Book Cloud is an online database of eBooks. It includes graphic novels, fiction, nonfiction, audiobooks and more. These books are also for grades 7-12. Access from HRCE addresses is blocked, but you can use it at home!
Sora is the HRCE's newest eBook and audio book library collection for grades 7-12. You can get to it through the google apps waffle menu or here. You'll need to login with your gnspes login. Instructions: doc, video.
Tips for searching our school library catalogue
You can search by keyword, title, author and more. Use the drop-down menu to pick.
When your search results appear, you can narrow in on what you want using the menu on the left. For example you can limit your results to what is checked in right now.
The advanced search screen will let you be more specific about what you want.
The kids search screen has lots of pictures and makes looking through your results fun.
Spelling is important! Incorrectly spelled words will impact your search results.
Online Resources
National Geographic Kids
You know the magazine. Their site includes information, videos and games.
Science news for
Explore the natural world, medicine, inventions and more. Cool articles written for grades 6-9.
Check out today’s ‘wonder’ – or one of the other over 2,000 (and counting) questions they’ve covered already.
Meet new baby animals from zoos around the world. So much variety. So much cuteness.
Stuff to do(odle)
Doodle with Mo Willems
He’s the author behind Elephant & Piggie, the Pigeon and Knuffle Bunny.
Read Online: Picture Books to Novels
The selection is designed for kids under 12, but they have Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Guinness World Records and many more that are popular with junior high kids. Login required.
Overdrive via Halifax Public Libraries
Public library card required. Don’t have one? You can get one. Please ask a parent and click here.
Project Gutenburg
Old books freely available because the copyright has expired.
Access the HRCE’s Sora eBook and audio book library collection for grades 7-12. You can get to it through google apps or here. Instructions: doc, video.
Storyline Online
Watch actors read children’s books
Unite for Literacy
Very short books that can be read to you in many languages (see Narration)
Reading about Books and Reading
Book Reviews, Discussions and such (not the books)
Tip: Check out the “labels” on the left (scroll down a bit) to see posts on book types, subjects or authors that interest You!
YA book reviews & more from some book lovers
NoveList (through HPL)
Reading suggestions. View pre-created lists or enter your preferences and get personalized suggestions. Whaaat?! Yes. Learn more here.
Articles: News, Magazines etc
The Chronicle Herald
Visit their site, or (if at HPJH) view the digital version of the paper edition. See more SaltWire publications here.
Magazines via Ebsco Databases
Start at your gnspes and go to research to find the databases. Once there, try an Advanced Search by field “source” to see if they have your favourites
Halifax Public Library Highlights
HPL has so many resources for you! Check them out! Hover over these links for extra description
Kinetic Sand
If you have play sand, you probably have what you need to make Kinetic Sand. It’s not play-doh or slime, but it is awesome!
Stop Motion Movies
Have a camera? You can string pictures together into a movie. Check this out!
Teachers' Corner
Includes Fair Dealing Guidelines and FAQs for teachers.
Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) – February 2021
A School Library Journal article - updated February 18, 2021.
Skype An Author (maintained by Kate Messner)
Support and Mental Health
Find info and learn about stress, suicide, cannabis, mental disorders and more. Knowledge is power.
Kids Help Phone
Got a problem? Need to talk to someone? Kids Help Phone is free and available 24/7, 365 days a year. Phone: 1-800-668-6868 | Text: CONNECT to 686868 | Web:
HPJH School Counsellor
You can email her at to check in or make an appointment.
Schools Plus
Schools Plus staff help connect families with the supports they need within the school and the wider community. Reach ours (Brenda McNutt) at or 902-233-4395.
Site Information
This site is maintained by Ms. Makmillen, HPJH’s Library Support Specialist.
If you have a suggestion or see something that needs work, PLEASE let me know. Thanks :)
Last addition or change to site content: March 4, 2024.
Last full check of links: March 16-17 2023.