Robert Bateman Public School

Ottawa, Ontario 124 / 319 Books Given

Principal Lizzie McQuillan Robert Bateman Public School is located in the heart of a culturally and socio-economically diverse community.Our school catchment area draws from one of the highest proportions of community housing developments in the Ottawa area. Over the past 3-5 years our student demographic has changed significantly and now includes a growing percentage of newcomers and refugee families. For many of our students, English is not the first language spoken at home and access to books and resources in our library is critical to their language development and success at school.

Our library is the “heart” of the school. It is a beautiful space with many windows and a wonderful reading area for the kids affectionately known as “the pit”. The library has been undergoing a major transformation from a traditional stacks and shelves format into a learning commons model that is designed to better tap into student critical thinking and creativity.

The book collection has become sadly out-dated and damaged. After a major purge of old books, we have been able to identify huge areas of need in our collection. The non-fiction section has not received a significant injection of new materials in over 10 years. Books related to science, engineering, robotics, and coding are much needed to support our Makerspace and STEM initiatives in the curriculum.

New books are eye catching and attract children’s attention. They spark interest in reading and global issues while creating positive experiences for children with books and the learning commons. High/low material supports reluctant and new readers to feel successful. New books in our school will go directly into the hands of the students and teachers to help our children reach their full learning potential.
Please help us help our students.

319 Children
Children: 319
Avg. age of books: 10-20 yrs
$2.00 Budget/Child
Budget/Child: $2.00
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