Learning Challenge #3: True Heroes

First, congratulations to Piper for winning the week 1 Learning Challenge draw and to Max for winning the week 2 draw!

Now…here’s the challenge for week 3:

Learning Challenge #3

For all school aged youth.

Start Date: Monday, September 15

Due Date: Saturday, September 20 at 5:00PM

Challenge: True Heroes

What is the dictionary’s definition of ‘hero’?

Read about historical people who you feel have shown heroic behavior. (Ask an adult for help if you can’t think of anyone.)

Using what you learned, write a short paper or create a collage on someone you feel is a true hero. Explain or show why this person deserves the title of ‘True Hero’.

Be sure to drop your work off at the library before 5:00pm on Saturday, September 20.

All participants’ names will be entered into a draw to win a prize.


Weekly Learning Challenge #2

As promised, here’s this week’s Challenge:

Learning Challenge #2

For all school aged youth

Start Date: Monday, September 8, 2014

Due Date: 5:00PM Saturday, September 13, 2014


Read about a famous artist (musician, painter, sculptor, etc.), and look at or listen to several of his/her creations.

Create your own ‘masterpiece’ in the style of the artist you studied.

Submit your creation to the ORL Salmon Arm Branch by or before 5:00PM on Saturday, September 13, 2014.

All participants’ names will be entered into a weekly draw to win a prize.

What to Do While School’s Not in Session

Are you looking for ideas of what to do while school’s not in session? Come to the library and take part in our Weekly Learning Challenge.

Here’s how it works. At the beginning of each week, a new Learning Challenge will be posted. It is open to all children and youth who are interested in taking part. The challenge will require participants to research various topics/subjects and create a specific visual report to go on display at the library. For example, the challenge could look something like this:

Start Date: Tuesday, September 2

Due Date: 5:00pm Saturday, September 6


Read about a scientific topic of your choice.

Create a poster about that topic to share what you learned.

Submit your poster to the ORL Salmon Arm Branch by or before September 6.

Creativity in presentation is encouraged.

All participants’ names will be entered into a weekly draw to win a prize.

And that, my friends, is your first challenge! Get your thinking caps on. Decide what scientific topic you want to research, and get to work!

I’ll post next week’s challenge on Saturday, September 6. Good luck!

Okanagan Reads for Kids

Check out this great event for ages 8 through 15:


Read one or all four Hillcroft Farm novels by local author, Julie White. Learn about the books.


Participate in fun activities at your library! See Olympic medalists, professional jockeys or dressage champions. View all events.


There are three fun contests to enter for a chance to win some amazing prizes, including iPad Minis.

SRC Writing Contest

Folks, it’s been ages since I last blogged. If anyone is still following this blog, I apologize for my absence. Lots has been happening here at the library, and I just haven’t had any extra time to write.

Okay, enough of the excuses. I won’t catch you up on everything because that would take more time then I have. However, you’re more than welcome to come to the library and see all the exciting things we’ve been up to. Instead, I’m going to dive right in and ask for your help with a Summer Reading Club contest that I have going on. I need you to be my judges!

The contest rules were for children ages 5-12 to write a short story or poem following the themes “Trick or Truth” or “True Story!”. I will type out the 5 top entries here on this blog, and then I need you to email me at aburnham@orl.bc.ca to tell me who you think should win the contest. The winner will recieve 2 free movie passes to the movie theatre. (Out of consideration to all the participants, please do not write who should win in the comments section of this blog.)

I will write the age of each participant, but I will keep the rest of their identity annonymous. I will also try to type out their poems and stories exactly as they submitted them to me in order to keep the works as close to the original as possible.

Here we go…

1. Percy, Annabeth and Grover!

by child age 11





2. Bugs

by child age 7




























the end

3. A Short Tale

by child age 9

There is such a thing as a short man!

A man who is two feet tall.

It’s strange but true! They call him a midget!

He is also amazingly strong!

And…he is only fifteen!!!!

He has won trophies and medals, awards,

And signs autographs!

You might not believe me

But it is true!

4. Demi-god

by child age 9

One day I was out fishing when I fell in the lake. I couldn’t hold my breath long. Soon I let go of my breath. But, I was still breathing.

I am the daughter of poiseidon!

The End

5. Hachi

by child age 7

A long time ago, there lived a dog named Hachi. He had no home but a railway statshon. Then one day a man found him wandering on the road and took him to his house where he got fed and got looked after. He grew to be a big dog and playful to. When the man went to work, the dog followed and Hachi would be waiting when the man got home from work. But one day the man didn’t come home. But the dog kept waiting. This went on for many years until Hachi died. Then, to remember him, they put up a statue right in the place where Hachi used to wait for his kind and helpful master. Hachi was also a good dog. Hachi was born in Odate, Japan, in 1923 and died in 1935.

Remember, please email me at aburnham@orl.bc.ca to tell me who you think should win. Thank you all!!

And the Winner Is…

First, a big congratulations to Sarah deHoog for winning the “Count the Candies in the Jar” contest. There were 293 candies, and she guessed 290! Way to go, Sarah! And way to go to everyone who participated.  I loved to see how much reading you’ve all been doing!

Good news! Dalia from the Salmar Theatres donated 4 free admission tickets instead of 2. That means I was able to create 2 groups and have a winner from each. The two  groups were 1. kids ages 6-11 years and 2. youth ages 12-17 years.

So, our two big winners of the “Read to Win” contest are…

Peter Taylor for ages 6-11


Connor Menc for ages 12-17.

Congratulations to you both, and thanks to all of you who participated. The draw box was positively stuffed with entry forms. This is definitely something we will do again!

Scavenger Hunt Winner

The Scavenger Hunt was a huge success! Thanks to all of you who participated and helped to make it a fun event.

We all know that everyone who participated received a small prize, but did you know that we had a grand prize winner as well? Congratulations to Georgia Taylor for winning the Scavenger Hunt Draw!!