W.E. Gowling Public SchoolOttawa, Ontario 344 / 350 Books Given
Principal Mary Conroy
W.E. Gowling is a school with approximately 350 students in the Carlington community. We are a designated R.A.I.S.E. school by the OCDSB. (Resource Allocation Index based on Socioeconomics) This is our school board's identification of schools which have a higher number of students from households with low income, single-parents and newcomers to Canada including refugees.
As a result of the significant number of our students being from low income homes, many do not have money to purchase books. Further to that, there isn't a public library within walking distance to our student's homes thus our school library is their primary source of reading material. Our students are hungry for books and literature and are eager to come to their school library to find books.
Our students love their library books to the point they are falling apart. Many books have been taped, re-taped, glued, stapled and glued again in order to keep them in circulation as we are unable to replace damaged books with new books. In addition to our beloved, ragged and worn out books we have books which unfortunately accidentally are no longer fit for circulation. Often water or juice gets spilled on books or pages tear and sometimes younger siblings contribute to the cause of a book's demise.
Kindly consider supporting W.E. Gowling Public School during the Adopt a School Campaign to put exciting new books in the hands of our students.
The students at W.E. Gowling, especially our English language learners, love graphic novels and as a result they are the most requested and circulated books in our library. Here is a list of our favourite books:
1. Dog Man series / Dav Pilkey
2. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series / Jeff Kinney
3. Smile, Sisters, Drama and Ghosts / Raina Telgemeier
4. The Amulet Series / Kazu Kibuishi
5. Space dumplins / Craig Thompson
Last year's favourite picture book:
After the Fall / Dan Santat
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My parents brought us to the library , helped us check out books, read to us each night and had shelves full of their own books too. My first job in high school was working in that same library in Nepean. My husband also loves reading so, guess what? We have 3 children who love to read. Two ...
Everything about books and reading is a big deal for all children. So happy to support this.
My mom is the librarian at the school and she works really hard to make sure the kids have a good exposure to books and reading. I know over the years so many kids have benefited from her efforts to better their education through creating a positive learning environment in the library.
My boys love going to the library! Having the school library filled with fun and fascinating books helps grow their love for reading. Also, spending time reading their borrowed books together is a great way to end our busy days.
My school librarian helped me fall in love with reading. I was a reluctant reader she was determined to get hooked on books. She persisted in suggesting different books that might interest me and finally it was the Trixie Beldon series that helped me fall in love with reading. Thank you, ...
My children grew up as avid readers. One is now a journalist. I’m thrilled that my granddaughter also loves books.
We need to do whatever we can do to support literacy. I was always inspired by my students' enthusiasm when visiting the school Library!
Watching my older cousins enjoying their summer reading really inspired me to follow suit. They were cool so reading was cool as a result. Social influence at it’s finest!
Reading is important because it helps to develop your sense of imagination. Unlike television - which prescribes the visual- you need to create a world in your mind’s eye based on what you are reading. I think this really lends to future abilities to visualize projects and creative solutions in ...
Mrs. Twigley’s Tree - it’s very sweet and has lovely illustrations but also exhibits a women overcoming social anxiety in order to help others in need. It’s quite beautiful.
With so much access to the Internet and YouTube, I feel like kids today are getting further and further away from the delight and possibility there is in holding a new book in your hands. My deepest desire is that my grandchildren will continue to know the comfort of cozying up in bed with a ...
My daughters have a fairly extensive library at home but they tire of their own books easily. Library day at school is very exciting for them because they are allowed to borrow something new. I feel like the school library is a big contributor to my children's love of reading and I want all of ...
I feel like reading has influenced my life in every way. I'm a more imaginative person thanks to novels. I'm a more informed person thanks to the newspaper. I have a great vocabulary because of all of the wonderful words I've been exposed to. I can spell like nobody's business! I'm trying my ...
For Georgia, Elsie and your friends at WE Gowling!
When I was in grade four, my teacher Mrs. Randawa read the book 'Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing' by Judy Blume out loud to our class. It was such a great, funny story and everyone in the class loved it. Our class was pretty rambunctious, but when it was reading time, every single kid would ...
The first series of books I devoured as a kid was Nancy Drew. I loved the suspense of every story and some of the mysteries were really scary for a girl of 10 years old. I could not put the books down I needed to know what Nancy would do next, or how was she going to save herself? Nancy was ...
Reading opens you to the unknown! For me, there is no better feeling than finishing a book or article and feeling like you've been transported, lived in another's shoes, or finally understood what was previously out of reach. Great books help teachers introduce many perspectives and worldviews ...
My first public school librarian, Mrs. Coleman. She read aloud and then answered my many questions. She also helped me chose books and expressed an interest in my interests. From there, once I figured out that there was an even bigger town library (with the 'B&G' department in a wonderful ...
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Long may Gowling read
You're Here for a Reason - Nancy Tillman How Do I Love You - P K Hallinan Lost and Found - Oliver Jeffers These are three amazing books. They are books that I read with my kids often. The writing flows well making them a joy to read. They have wonderful pictures, specifically Nancy ...
Buy some more Dog Man :)
I'm supporting W.E. Gowling because I am their school librarian technician. It is such a joy to see students and staff excited about visiting the library every week. They come to the library looking for books to enjoy and love all kinds of books. They can be just as excited about our older ...
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