In a year like no other, EPL is continually working to provide educators with useful and timely resources and services that support literacy and student learning. Don't see what you need? Email your dedicated branch contact and we'll see what we can do.


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Cast Your VoteCast Your Vote for YRCA

Vote for your favourite 2021 YRCA books by April 15, 2022.

How EPL Helps Teachers

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School Visits

Due to the pandemic, EPL is offering virtual school visits only. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust as necessary. The safety of our staff and customers is our priority.

Educators can choose from one of three options:

  • Welcome to the Library Virtual Tour (Grades K-12), prerecorded presentation – 10 to 35 min
  • How to Be an Information Ninja (Grades 3-12), live presenter – 60 min
  • Presentation at a Teachers’ Staff Meeting, live presenter – 30 min

Your Dedicated Branch Contact

Your library branch contact is your one-stop-shop for all things EPL, from booking visits to connecting you with the right resources for your students, providing age-appropriate reading recommendations, organizing staff training and more.

Find Your Branch Contact

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School Library Card Program

Your students can get their EPL cards sent directly to your class. This project is in partnership with the Conseil Scolaire Centre-Nord, Edmonton Catholic Schools and Edmonton Public Schools. For further information about this project, please email

Library Card Order Form

Formulaire de demande de carte

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Young Reader’s Choice Awards

The Young Reader's Choice Awards (YRCA) is a year-long reading program for children in Grades 4-12. Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA), it is the only award where children choose the nominated books and the winners.

View this year's YRCA Nominees

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French Material and Resources

EPL has a number of dedicated resources for French teachers and their students including French eBooks in Cantook Station and Overdrive, book listsclasses and events and the annual Bataille des bouquins reading program for children in Grades 4-6.

Explore EPL in French


EPL's Dedicated Newsletter for Teachers

The best to stay in touch with us is to subscribe to the quarterly Teachers' Toolbox. You'll get access to the latest booklists or online resources, hear about new EPL programs and services for schools and get ideas about how teachers and the Library can collaborate.

Preview the latest issue here.

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Free Resources for StudentsFree Resources for Students

Whether learning at school or at home, we have what students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 need to succeed this year.

Supporting Readers

We know it can be tough to help students find the perfect book—that’s why we're sharing our reading recommendations for students from Kindergarten up to Grade 12.

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Parent’s Guide to Reading Levels

Confused about reading levels? Find out what they mean, the different systems and how to support school-aged children learning to read.

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NoveList K-8

NoveList K-8 Plus is a read-alike resource for students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 with recommendations for both fiction and non-fiction.

Hi-Lo Books

Hi-Lo books offer age-appropriate, relevant subject matter for junior high and high school students at a lower reading level. Interesting and easy to read, but not "for kids", they can hook ELL students and reluctant or struggling readers on reading. Learn more about Hi-Low books., opens a new window

There are 3 ways to find Hi-Lo books on

  1. Type “High Interest-low Vocabulary Books” into the search box and change the search term to subject.
  2. Use this awesome curated list of specifically designated Hi-Lo titles for teens, including books, graphic novels, ebooks and audiobooks.
  3. Search for books in the Orca Hi-Lo series (for kids age 8+); type the series title into the search box and change the search term to series.
Orca Currents

Orca Currents are short, high interest novels with contemporary themes written for middle school students reading below grade level.

Reading levels from Grades 2.0 to 5.0. Interest level age 10-14.

Orca Limelights
Orca Sports
Orca Soundings
Rapid Reads

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Hi-Lo Books for Teens

Perfect for teens who struggle with literacy, these titles are recommended for their Hi-Lo attributes (high interest, low readability).

Online Resources

EPL has tons of digital content but here are the online resources we recommend most to help students with their learning.

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