Thursday, 9 March 2023

"Olya & Olena Escape the Invaders" by Olya Illichov & Maddy Shyba; art by Diana Bezukh

"The truth about stories is that's all we are" says Thomas King, Canadian writer and broadcast presenter.  

Youth authors Olya Illichov and Maddy Shyba give their version of two ballerinas escaping a war-torn Ukraine.  This addition to our Bastion library collection gives us a literary glimpse into the struggles of Ukrainians surviving the current war with Russia.

A continued warm welcome and blessings to the families that have sought asylum in our Salmon Arm community, and Canada as a whole. 

Olya & Olena Escape the Invaders: author interview (2:04)

Monday, 6 March 2023

Canadian Maple Syrup: Indigenous Knowledge and How to Make It - Then and Now

       Maple Syrup - Canada's Liquid Gold!

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Early Signs of Spring  = 's  Sugaring off , March'ish!
Sugaring off is happening now (Feb & March) in Central and Eastern Canada, and even British Columbia - as we shift from winter into spring and the temperature rises. 

Ms. Ollinger's class called this time of year "Winspring" et la classe de Mme Valerie ils l'ont nommé cette fois "Prinver!"  Excellent/Excellente!

Beyond knowing that maple syrup is delicious, what else do you know about this amazing tree gift?

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Heritage Minute: Syrup (1 min)
Aboriginals learned about this maple tree nectar 
& shared their knowledge with immigrants/settlers

CBC Archives shows the history of maple sugar production from Aboriginals to Canadian immigrants.


Le goût et la couleur du sirop d'éreble? - UN CHEF À LA CABANE - Capsule - S8E079
(4:07)  (Discusses molecules!)


Ontario maple sugar producer: Fultons Pancake House & Sugar Bush, 
Pakenham, Ontario.  (5:35)

"Tap My Trees" aims to teach hobbyists and home schooling families how to make maple syrup.

"Tap My Trees" reviews the supplies you will need.

Faits de Le Sirop D’Érable Maple Syrup Facts:
  • Maple syrup is one of Canada's most popular commodities and accounts for 85% of the world's total supply (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) (Feb., 2016).
  • Several Canadian provinces produce maple syrup; Québec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia account for most of Canada's maple syrup production. Maple festivals abound wherever syrup is made.  There are 17 syrup-producing states in the U.S. 
  • The province of Quebec recognized as the leading producer of maple syrup worldwide
  • Les Produits et le Terre D'Origine
  • Histoire et Origines: La Légende de Nokomis
  • SIROP D'ÉRABLE PUR : 60 ml (1/4 tasse) vs Sirop Habitant
    • Calories : 220
    • Glucides : 54 g
    • Sucres : 48 g
    • Riboflavine : 25 %
    • Manganèse : 15 %
    • Calcium, magnésium et zinc : 4 %
    SIROP HABITANT : 60 ml (1/4 tasse)
    • Calories : 213
    • Glucides : 53 g
    • Sucres : 47 g
    • Riboflavine : 0 %
    • Manganèse  : 0 %
    • Calcium, magnésium et zinc : 0 %

    "Comme on peut le constater, côté calories et sucres, ces deux produits sont très semblables. Toutefois, le sirop Habitant ne renferme ni vitamines ni minéraux.

    Liste d’ingrédients
    Si le sirop d’érable ne contient que du sirop d’érable, la liste d’ingrédients du sirop d’imitation s’allonge. Celle qui rassemble plusieurs ingrédients, dont le glucose-fructose, le sucre, le sirop de maïs et la cassonade, compte aussi des additifs, du colorant caramel et un arôme artificiel d’érable.

    Antioxydants? Indice glycémique plus faible? Rien ne s’applique à ce sirop d’imitation! Sans parler de la saveur qui ne rappelle en rien le délicieux sirop d’érable bien de chez nous! "(Source: Le Journal de Montréal)

Festival du Sucre D'Érable et Cabane à Sucre / Maple Syrup Festivals & Sugar Shacks - Fevrier et Mai / February-May
"Maple Feast"
In the big-flaked sugar-snow
The crystal-gathering sledges go.

Stumbling through silver to my knees,
I shout among the maple trees,

Tilt gleaming buckets icy cold
Till I am full as I can hold

Of clear bright sap, until I feel
Like a maple tree from head to heel!

Then to the sugarhouse I run
Where syrup, golden as the sun,

Is boiling in the crisp march air.
And I, as daft as a baby bear,

Eat, till my buttons burst asunder
From maple sweetness, maple wonder!

By Frances Frost from Sing a Song of Seasons: Poems about Holidays, Vacation Days, and Days to go to School. (821.008 BRE)


Sirop D'Érable Maison (Francais) (3:06)


    Tuesday, 28 February 2023

    Scholastic Bookfair Through Bastion and Falkland Elementary Libraries til March 4th, 2023

     Greetings Bastion Bobcats and Falkland Wolves It's BOOK FAIR TIME!

    Bastion Bobcats we have joined with our sister school library Falkland Elementary to bring them the excitement of a Scholastic Bookfair and help them get new books into their library.  


    Bastion Bobcats and Falkland Wolves we simply have to get new books into the Falkland Elementary library (see below for more information).

    Take Action to Support the Falkland Elementary Library:

    • In-person sales @ Falkland Elementary the week of Feb. 27th
      • Monday, Feb. 27th, 8-3pm
      • Wed., March 1st, 2:30-4:30
      • Thursday, March 2nd, 8:00-3:00
      • Friday, March 3rd, 8:00-3:00
    • Digital / online sales Mon., Feb. 27th - Sat., March 4th, until midnight!
    • Check out the author videos to get excited about some of your book options

    Sister School Falkland Elementary Library NEEDS NEW BOOKS!

    Teacher-librarian Ms. Christy White writes the following:

    Falkland School is thrilled to be having its very first Book Fair in years! Students, staff, and parents are all catching on to the excitement! While our school library does have some great books, unfortunately, a huge percentage of our books need a refresh. In fact, over 50% of the books in our library have a publication date that is more than 20 years old*. We are hoping that the money we raise from Book Fair sales will help us give our library book collection the refresh it needs to get more books into the hands of the amazing Falkland students.   One of the challenges of keeping books current at Falkland is that Falkland School has students in Grades K-8, so we need books that cover a huge range of reading abilities and student interests. 

    •  5, 730 books published prior to 2013
    • Majority of the Falkland library books are published before the year 2000 = 22+ years old!
    • Only 652 books published in the past ten years. 

    Falkland Elementary Library Refresh Goals:

    • Increase our guided reader collection (currently we only have 2 small bins of Everybody Reader books)
    • Increase our graphic novels  
    • Complete sets of popular book series (many have missing volumes or we only have the first 1 or 2 of larger sets)
    • Increase our holiday thematic sections:
      • Christmas (currently just 1 book published in 2012, the rest before 2005)
      • Valentine's Day (currently just 2 books!)
      • Easter (currently just 7 books!) 

    Bastion Bobcats and Falkland Wolves let's get going and strive for Bolder, Prouder, Stronger readers at both of our schools by reading everyday, and, especially for this week, support this book fundraiser to refresh the Falkland Wolves' library.

    Falkland Elementary Library 

    Sales Update:

    •  Monday $600
    • Tuesday $1,200 
      • The Falkland Wolves library is already at $1,800. Hooray!!!!!!!!  
        • Keep it going strong Bastion Bobcats and Falkland Wolves!

                                                          Together we can make a difference!