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Welcome to the SSES Library Website!
This is a great place to visit when you want information or something to read. Use the search bar above to search the library’s collection plus the Ebsco database articles. Take a look around. There’s a lot of other stuff here too. Thanks for visiting!
The Halifax Public Libraries are re-opening!
Some locations are open already and some are opening soon. All are expected to be open by July 7th. Find details on current library services here. Learn more about the branch re-openings (such as hours) here. Expect to see changes designed to keep everyone safe.

Nearby BranchesPlanned re-opening date
Keshen Goodman Public LibraryJuly 2nd
Halifax North Memorial Public LibraryJuly 6th
Central LibraryJuly 6th
Hackmatack Award Ceremony & Author Readings
The Hackmatack Award Ceremony will be Thursday, June 4th at 10:00am.
Hackmatack LogoYou'll be able to watch them announce the winning books on YouTube, Facebook, and the Hackmatack website. Which of the 2020 Hackmatack books did the kids of the Atlantic Provinces choose as the best? Watch the ceremony and find out.
Some of the Hackmatack Authors did online author readings from their nominated books. You can still view the recordings on Hackmatack's Facebook page. Visit Hackmatack's Website for more details about the books and their authors.
Hackmatack Award Ceremony Coming Soon!The author readings include:
Charis Cotter for The Ghost Road
Jan L. Coates for Talking to the Moon
Anne Laurel Carter for My River: Cleaning Up the LaHave River
Sarah Sawler for 100 Things You Don't Know About Atlantic Canada – For Kids
Joann Hamilton-Barry for There be Pirates! Swashbucklers & Rogues of the Atlantic
Book cover re-creation contest by HPL
You could win! Halifax Public Libraries is holding a contest. Re-create a book cover using objects found around home for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Bookmark Halifax (a local book store). Deadline July 1st. Find out more on HPL's blog post. See their tweet.it's a contest!
Capstone Reading Collections & Databases
Ask Ms. Makmillen or your teacher for login info
TumbleBooks
TumbleBooks icon with link This site 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! Trouble logging in? Remember the HRCE reads!
Harry Potter Magic
Have you heard? Access to the first Harry Potter book is available online for free during April. You can read the ebook through our public library with no wait list (card number required) or listen to the audio book on Audible (just click the link).
Online Resources
Science
National Geographic Kids
You know the magazine. This site is specially designed for kids. It includes information, videos and games.
Science news for Students.org
Explore the natural world, medicine, inventions and more. Cool articles written for grades 6-9.
ZooBorns
Meet new baby animals from zoos around the world. So much variety. So much cuteness.
Fresh Content Daily
Wonderopolis
Check out today’s ‘wonder’ – or one of the other over 2,000 (and counting) questions they’ve covered already.
Doodle with Mo Willems
He’s the author behind Elephant & Piggie, the Pigeon and Knuffle Bunny.
Picture Books and Novels
Epic!
Lots of popular books. Free trials during closures. Login required. Ask your teacher or Ms. Makmillen for more info.
International Children's Digital Library
Children’s books from countries around the world
Overdrive via Halifax Public Libraries
Public library card required. Don’t have one? You can get one. Please ask a parent/guardian and click here.
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)
Support and Mental Health
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: www.kidshelpphone.ca/live-chat/
Mr. Lang’s Virtual Guidance Office
Visit our school guidance counsellor’s site above or email him at elang@hrce.ca 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 (Laura Hutt) at LHutt@hrce.ca or 902-456-5972.
Child and Youth Mental Health Services
The provincial government’s list of websites/organizations.
Learning at Home
Scholastic Learn at Home
A daily selection of activities you can do for fun.
Articles: News, Magazines etc
Halifax Public Library Highlights
HPL has so many resources for you! Check them out! Hover over these links for extra description
Squiggle Park though HPL
Have fun playing and practicing basic letter and reading skills. There are also free trials you can access without a library card.
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!
Make Stop Motion Movies
Have a camera? Check this out!
Covid-19 and our School Closures
Selected Articles
Plan for At-home Student Learning
a NS News release - March 30, 2020
We miss you!
I miss you! I miss sharing stories with you and I miss hearing yours. I think about you every day. I look forward to the day that we can safely be together again. Until then I'm sending you best wishes. Enjoy what you can where you are. Be Well. Be Safe.
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