Library General Information

Library Hours: 8:20 – 11:35 a.m. and 12:45 – 3:45 p.m. Monday to Friday

Library Contact: Teacher-Librarian, 416-396-2395 ex 20110

School Library website:

Lending Policy

Students may take up to 4 items at a time on their library card. Books are on loan for two weeks. Students with late library items cannot borrow books until the late items are returned. Parents are also invited to take out books for their children and may exceed the four item limit when using their child’s library card. Library books should be kept in a special place at home. Students and their parents are responsible for items signed out to their accounts. Damaged items should be brought to the attention of the Teacher/Librarian upon return. New items that are lost will be charged replacement costs (see below).

Late Notices and Lost Items

Late notices are sent out twice a month. Students with late library items cannot borrow books until the late items are returned. Items late for more than a month are presumed lost.

There are standard TDSB lost item charges. Cash payments are processed by the library. Cash refunds are issued to the borrower whenever the item is returned. Replacement Costs: Paperback: English $10, French $15, Soft cover items: English $15, French $20, Hard cover items: English $20, French $25. Videos are not loaned to students.

Kindergarten Book Loans

Kindergarten students use a Library book bag that contains their library card information. Kindergarten books are borrowed for one week. Kindergarten book bags are supplied by the library and are required for kindergarten students to borrow a book.

Parent Volunteers

Parent volunteers who can offer an hour or so, on a weekly basis are asked to contact the teacher-librarian. Please note that if you volunteer anywhere in the school a Police Check is required.

Book Fairs

At least one book fair is held each year at Northlea. Funds raised by the book fairs go to support library materials and programs.

Great Resources for Kindergarten/Primary and Junior/Intermediate students

Getting to the Northlea School Library Website from home is easy:

  1. Go to the Northlea Elementary and Middle School website:
  2. From the menu on the bar at top left, choose Curriculum and Programs.
  3. From the Curriculum and Programs dropdown menu, choose Library.
  4. Under Library, click the link to take you to the School Library Website.

Once you get to the Northlea School Library Website, you will find hundreds of educational and entertaining links for parents and children to use and enjoy. There is so much on the website that it is easy to get lost in the links.

The links below will take you to the features that we feel are the most engaging for student exploration.

*IMPORTANT* Some of the resources on the website require passwords because the TDSB pays in order to offer access to parent and student users. We are not permitted to publish these passwords online. Students are provided with passwords at the beginning of the year, or, for a complete list of passwords for all tools / sites offered on our school library website, pop by the library anytime and I will give you that information.

Useful, educational, and safe, Apps to amuse your children

Several teachers within the TDSB have compiled a list of iPad Apps that they recommend to occupy children of all ages in a more constructive way. Please note, most of them are free or available at a relatively low price.


Snapseed, Plastic Bullet Camera, WordFoto, iPhoto, Toon PAINT


Comic Life, PhotoComic for iPad






Halftone, Phoster


Popplet, Idea Sketch, abc Notes

Early Language

Alphabet Tracing, ABC – Magnetic Alphabet, iBuild ABCs, Word Games for Kids, Word Wagon HD – by Duck Duck, French Word Wizard

Book Making

My Story – Book Maker for Kids, Book Creator for iPad, iDiary

Open-ended App for Explaining

Educreations Interactive Whiteboard, Explain Everything, ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard, Doodlecast for Kids

Word Docs/Presentation/Writing

Pages, Keynote, Penultimate, PhatPad, Show Me

Virtual Play/Story telling

Puppet Pal, Felt Board, Toontastic, SonicPics


iStopMotion for iPad, NFB PixStop


Rockmate, Virtuoso Piano, Sound Brush

Art Drawing

ArtRage, Drawing Pad, Paper by FiftyThree, Skitch for iPad, Doodle Buddy, Kids Doodle


Number Line, Virtual Manipulatives, Khan Academy, MathBoard, TableTots, Super 7, Park Math, Money Mind Canada, Bright Ninja Tells time

Interactive Book App

Al Gore – Our Choice, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris

Assorted other Apps

Polidaddy, evernote, Google Translate, Dropbox, NFB (National Film Board films in English and French)