Library Links

Library of Essential Web Links

Insignia - Search through our own West Oak Library Collection Catalogue

Halton Elementary Tools Starting Point

(a made-in-Halton, comprehensive, and effective 'safer searching' starting point)

 The Media and Libraries Department Website has lots of great tools and ONLINE RESOURCES.


Educational Resource Sites

The following three links provide a huge assortment of connections to websites

to support all of the grades, subjects and strands in the Ontario Curriculum:

Main page on the Link To Learning website (an essential online resource for Ontario Elementary Students) (all kinds of good stuff in here)

 An excellent School skills site by the BBC (which also contains a wealth of information off of their home page) is a handy game for practicing library search skills

Kodable link for primary coding

Minecraft-themed coding on


For online Encyclopedias, try the following:

Britannica Online Encyclopedia for home use (from home, a password is required, and is your library barcode number; at school, just access from the tools page above)

The Canadian Encyclopedia (If it has to do with Canada, then it is in here)

EBSCO Host  and HALINET offer all kinds of online databases and other resources are available here for parents and students alike)


Hey Parents ... try these:

GeoGuesser is a fun way to test your knowledge of geography and ability to look for clues to figure out

where you are in Canada or any part of the World.

The BBC's online learn to type program for young children, Dance Mat Typing, is a lot of fun.

The EQAO's Parent Resources site is a great place to find practice tests along with answer booklets

to help your child prepare for the grade 3 or 6 EQAO test

The "Parent Resouce Web Sites" page on the H.D.S.B. website includes tips for Homework, Streetproofing, and Bullying, and click here for the  Elementary Curriculum Documents Online.



To help you choose a good book ...

Books & Authors is very handy for finding 'just the right' book for yourself

Scholastic's Book Wizard can also help you to check on the interest level and reading level for a book.

 "TogetheREAD"  encourages Family Literacy and "Building strong readers by having fun together."

 "Guys Read" by Jon Scieszka is a funky site about "Guys and Reading" by a popular children's author.

 "A Mighty Girl" is a website devoted to strong, "mighty" females in literature and society and has a great book suggestion section.

If you are wondering, for example, if the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" or "Dork Diaries" books are a good choice for your primary-age child (hint: no, .. not really!) then check out Common Sense Media for reviews and discussion


Safer, 'Kid-friendly' Search Engines:

The following Safer Search Engines are also more efficient than Google, Yahoo, etc.