A different kind of library

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Photo by Dan Toulgoet, The Vancouver Courier
Volunteer Ryan Mason, behind the counter, helps out a member at the Vancouver Tool Library

Adapted from The Vancouver Courier
and The Vancouver Tool Library website by Nancy Carson
Level 2

Many people go to a library. They borrow books.
They read newspapers. They use the computers there.
The new library in Surrey is different.
You can borrow people at the Surrey library.
They are called “living books”. You can listen to their stories.


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Valentine’s Day

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Children in Ghana share Valentine’s Day.
(Photo: feedmystarvingchildren / CC, Flickr)

Adapted from Best of the Reader
Level 1

Valentine’s Day is on February 14.

It is a romantic day for many adults.

They buy cards, chocolates or flowers for each other.

They say, “I love you.”

Swans are a symbol of romance. PHOTO: SERGIU BACIOIU / CC, FLICKR

Swans are a symbol of romance.
(Photo: Sergiu Bacioiu / CC, Flickr)

Read the PDF and do the exercise

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How to make apple butter

Ready to eat!   PHOTO – ERINSIKORSKYSTEWART / CC, FLICKR

Ready to eat!
PHOTO – ERINSIKORSKYSTEWART / CC, FLICKR

Adapted from wikiHow
Level 2

ELSA students at the Collège Éducacentre in Vancouver made apple butter.

The students peeled, cut and boiled apples.

They poured in honey.

They added cinnamon and cardamom.

They canned the apple butter.

Each student got a jar of apple butter to take home. It was the most delicious English lesson of the year!

Would you like to make apple butter?

Follow the recipe described in the PDF. It is easy!

Read the PDF and do the exercise