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Join us for TD Canadian Book Week! On Thursday May 9th, author Beverley Brenna will be coming to The Learning Exchange and CDC Vimont!

About the author Beverley Brenna:

I’m a Canadian author of novels for young adults and children. I also write picture books, short stories, plays, and poetry for all ages, and as part of my university practice I research children’s literature (see Archives for my research files).

Winner of the 2013 Printz Honor Book Award

Book List

The Girl with the Cat by Beverley Brenna, illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan (Red Deer Press/Fitzhenry & Whiteside, April, 2019)

Sapphire the Great and the Meaning of Life by Beverley Brenna (Pajama Press, February, 2019)

Fox Magic by Beverley Brenna (Red Deer Press/Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2018)

The Bug House Family Restaurant by Beverley Brenna, illustrated by Marc Mongeau (Tradewind Books, 2013)

The White Bicycle by Beverley Brenna (Red Deer Press/Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2012)

Falling for Henry by Beverley Brenna (Red Deer Press/Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2011)

Waiting for No One by Beverley Brenna (Red Deer Press/Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2010

Something To Hang On To by Beverley Brenna (Thistledown Press, 2009)

The Moon Children by Beverley Brenna (Red Deer Press/Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2007)

Wild Orchid by Beverley Brenna (Red Deer Press/Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2005)

The Keeper of the Trees by Beverley Brenna (Ronsdale Press, 1999)

Stories for Every Classroom: Canadian Fiction Portraying Characters with Disabilities by Beverley Brenna (Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2015)


Fox Magic

  • Recommended Title, The Canadian Children’s Book News, 2017

The White Bicycle

  • Winner of the 2013 Printz Honor Book Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2013 Governor General’s Awards

Waiting for No One

  • Winner of the 2012 Dolly Gray Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2012 Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year

Something to Hang On To

  • Shortlisted for the 2009 Saskatchewan Book Award

The Moon Children

  • Shortlisted for the 2007 Saskatchewan Book Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2007 Silver Birch Award
  • Longlisted for the 2007 Book of the Year by the Canadian Library Association

Wild Orchid

  • Currently on CBC’s List of Young Adult Titles That Make You Proud To Be Canadian
  • Shortlisted for the 2005 Canadian Library Association’s Young Adult Book Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2005 Manitoba Readers’ Choice Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2005 Saskatchewan Willow Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2005 White Pine Award

The Keeper of the Trees

  • Shortlisted for the 1999 Saskatchewan Book Award

Author’s Visit
Thursday May 9th, 2019
Morning session: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Afternoon session also available: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Place: CDC Vimont cafeteria
Information: Call TLE at 450-688-2933 ext. 3126

LEARNING EXCHANGE project funded through:

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TD Canadian Children’s Book Week connects Canadian authors and illustrators with children and teens across Canada. Tour participants speak to their audiences about the pleasures of reading and the delights of Canadian children’s books through their presentations and workshops. Meeting authors, illustrators and storytellers can be a turning point in a child’s life, inspiring a lifelong love of reading.

JOIN US! Eileen Cook will be at The Learning Exchange/CDC Vimont on Tuesday May 8th for a morning and an afternoon session. Eileen’s books will be given as prizes and Eileen will sign all book prizes!

About Book Week


Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight languages. Her books have been optioned for film and TV. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Her newest book, THE HANGING GIRL, came out in October 2017. She’s an instructor/mentor with the Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio Program.

Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two very naughty dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.



With Malice

  • Finalist for the 2017 Amy Mather Teen Book Award


“Eileen’s energy and passion never flagged, the quality of her last workshop equaled the high quality of her first.”

—Librarian, Vancouver Public Library

“Eileen’s humour, expertise and pacing is respected and appreciated by teens and teachers alike.”

—Teacher, Earl Marriott Secondary

“Teen Services at Vancouver Public Library has hosted Eileen on several occasions since 2011 and we have always been impressed by her enthusiasm, professionalism, and ability to captivate a young audience. We have hosted her both as a workshop leader and a keynote speaker. Her workshops are always funny, full of great stories that are entertaining, convey knowledge and wisdom, and are age appropriate.”

—Vancouver Public Library

“Eileen was an engaging presenter who enthusiastically entertained and informed our students. Her humour has the students giggling and her interactive presentation had students talking, moving and playing. It is not always easy to engage teenagers: Eileen was able to do just that.”

—Librarian, Richmond School District

“Mrs. Cook was very gracious and funny, answering all questions in a kid-friendly way.  One student even went home after the visit and was inspired to start her own story.”

—Teacher, Bellevue School District

“Eileen is the quintessential writer’s editor pithy, succinct, and with a brilliant eye for detail.”

—Kc Dyer author of Amazon bestselling Finding Fraser

“Eileen helped me focus my writing, streamline my scenes, and quicken my pacing. Her guidance and advice along the way, her generosity, and her amazing ability to kill my darlings (when I couldn’t) make her invaluable.”

—Kelly Charron, author of Pretty Wicked

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The smoothie challenge was a huge success. 10 participants prepared their best smoothie for the pleasure of all our tasters.  58 votes were compiled in a very close race for the most liked smoothie.  The 10 recipes were also analyzed by our nutrition expert Eric Brûlé Champagne. Eric was looking for fibers, protein, fruits and vegetables, minimal added sugar and good type of fat. Bonus points were also attributed for Omega 3. Each smoothie received a note on 10 based on these criteria. This result was added to the number of votes to determine the Grand Winner: Nathifa Trovini.

Here are the details of the results:

Smoothie taste # Participant Votes on taste Nutrition Score /10 Total  Position
#4 Nathifa 10 8 18 1
#7 Por Sok et Yun Yu 9 7 16 2
#9 Rahman 7 7 14 3
#10 Michelle 7 7 14 3
#5 Camelia 5 9 14 3
#3 Suellen 8 5 13 4
#2 Hooma 5 8 13 4
#6 Assmaa 3 8 11 5
#8 Maitri 2 9 11 5
#1 Dorina 2 9 11 5

Le défi smoothie a été très réussi. 10 participants ont démontré leur talent culinaires en préparant un smoothie vitaminé pour le plus grand plaisir des goûteurs. Il y a eu un total de 58 votes qui ont été compilés dans une chaude lutte pour la première place. Les 10 recettes ont été analysées par l’expert en nutrition Éric Brûlé Champagne. Éric était à la recherche de fibres, protéines, fruits et légumes, une quantité réduite de sucre et l’absence de mauvais gras. Des points bonis étaient accordés pour la présence d’oméga 3. Chaque smoothie a reçu une note sur 10 qui a été additionnée au nombre de votes pour déterminer la grande gagnante : Nathifa Trovini. Félicitations Nathifa!

A LEARNING EXCHANGE / CDC VIMONT partner project funded by
regroupement lavallois pour la réussite éducative


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It’s Storytime in the Laval community!
Storytime events take place in the evenings making it fun for all to wear pyjamas, robes and slippers. Participants are also encouraged to bring teddy bears and other stuffed animals. The Cat-in the-Hat is always on hand to greet and interact with the families!

There are lots of fun stations to visit:

  • Making a bookmark
  • Interactive stories in the reading tent
  • Word and alphabet puzzles
  • Exchange-a-Book
  • Story Wall drawings
  • Pick-a-Book
  • For parents: Creating a Writing Kit | Two kits are given via raffle

2018 dates:

Hillcrest Academy: April 23rd 2018

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Twin Oaks Elementary: May 14th

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Souvenir Elementary: May 28th

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Upcoming dates:

JFK Elementary: June 11th

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Join TLE April 15th-21st, 2018 to recognize the contributions of TLE’s volunteers in our community.

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers.This year’s theme by Volunteer Canada is: “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections and community”. Volunteering is often seen as a selfless act; a person gives their time, skills, experience, and passion to help others, without expecting anything in return. And while volunteering is a form of service, many volunteers will tell you that “you get more than you give”. From opportunities to develop new skills, to finding deep and meaningful personal connections, the magic of volunteering is that it creates social and economic value for all.

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Gumboots session April 16th will kickoff Adult Learner’s Week!


Join Just Aissi for a truly unique and fun workshop combining exercise, rhythm and percussion as well as the genesis of Gumboots, its origins and story. Fun is Guaranteed!

Choreographer and percussionist for 20 years, Just Aissi taught at the School Dance Louise Lapierre, at Vanier College, Montmorency College and the University of Montreal.

Passionate about African culture and thirsty to share it to the public, Just Aissi is convinced that culture is an essential ingredient for the well-being and identity of every society. This is the reason that Just Aïssi was successfully able to promote the finest arts of the African scene across Canada. A true ambassador of his cultural heritage, he decided to share his values through dance and percussion.



He invites you essentially, to discover the Gumboots, a first influence of Stomp. It is a discipline where the body becomes a musical instrument, where the eyes are the lyrics and dance, a medium of communication. He is ready to share his passion for this discipline that has as languages: music, rhythm and gesture. He offers you his creativity and ability to develop and communicate original concepts that will capture all, regardless of age.

This is a sort of African percussive dance practiced with rubber boots. In general, all the dancers wear this kind of boots, perform a dance on the rhythm of percussions and sings. The beauty stays in harmony of gestures and the sound of boots : everything must match. Gumboots practice requires concentration, listening to each other and audacity to express themselves aloud. During the workshop, you will be introduced to basic movements of this art.


Good for health

Allows you to perform memory

Enhances the ability to concentrate

Enhances the ability to listen to others

Enhances the ability to work in teams

Enhances the ability to communicate

Enhances the ability to persevere

Enhances the ability to manage stress

Enhances the ability to listen to oneself

Helps develop a musical sense rhythm

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