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Our Fall book fair has been cancelled. Options for a spring 2021 book fair are being investigated and considered.
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A stretched out Slinky is 87 feet long.

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. Take a look around. There’s a lot of other stuff here too. Thanks for visiting!
Library this year
A lot has changed this year as we work to keep everyone safe. One change is that library services are coming directly to classes to help reduce traffic and shared spaces within the school.
Classes get to browse and borrow books from a mobile library selection every 2 weeks. See schedule below. On the week classes are not browsing, they are offered another activity such as story time, tutorials or collection highlights.
 Usual schedule   Next class to browse the mobile library
 Class Week Day  
 Primary K/A 1 Tuesday Tuesday, Jan. 19th
 Primary/1 C 2 Friday Friday, Jan. 15th
 1 Loo/Kontak 2 Tuesday Tuesday, Jan. 26th
 1/2 Giles 1 Friday Friday, Jan. 22nd
 2 O'Leary 2 Friday Friday, Jan. 15th
 2/3 Raymond 2 Tuesday Tuesday, Jan. 26th
 3/4 Dodge 2 Friday Friday, Jan. 15th
 4/5 Johnston 1 Friday Friday, Jan. 22nd
 5 Gillis 1 Tuesday Tuesday, Jan. 19th
 6 Kozik 1 Tuesday Tuesday, Jan. 19th
 6 Pointon 2 Friday Friday, Jan. 15th

Library Logins are Active!
Library Logins are ActiveYour library login lets you place reserves, create a favourites list and more. If you need help with your password, or want to change it, ask Ms. Makmillen. Logins are active for all students. Our older classes are receiving tutorials on various features of our website.
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!
Tips for searching our school 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.
Harry Potter Magic
Have you heard? Access to the first Harry Potter book is available online for free. You can read the ebook through our public library (card number required) or listen to the audio book on Audible (just click the link).
Online Resources
National Geographic Kids
You know the magazine. This site is specially designed for kids. It includes information, videos and games.
Science news for
Explore the natural world, medicine, inventions and more. Cool articles written for grades 6-9.
Meet new baby animals from zoos around the world. So much variety. So much cuteness.
Fresh Content Daily
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
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:
Mr. Lang’s Virtual Guidance Office
Visit our school guidance counsellor’s site above or email him 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
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!
The Halifax Public Libraries are open!
Find details on the public library system's current services here.
See the current hours for all branches here. Expect to see changes at each location designed to keep everyone safe.

Nearby BranchesHours
Central LibraryBranch hours
Halifax North Memorial Public LibraryBranch hours
Keshen Goodman Public LibraryBranch hours
Covid-19 and School: News and Resources
Library Contact
Quote of the Day!

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges

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Goodreads Kids
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