Ontario Library Association and Distribution Access

The olaStore has recently partnered with Distribution Access, Canada’s leading provider of the world’s best educational video programs and multimedia content.

Sail the seas with Mighty Ships. Learn all about the world around us (and beyond) with Bill Nye. Transport the class to another place with 24 Hours In ….


The olaStore pleased to offer over 850 titles from Bill Nye, Daily Planet, Discovery Canada/EPI, Canadian Geographic, and more!

Visit our dedicated Distribution Access page for the full list of series and titles that we are carrying.

Prefer to stream video content? We also offer digital programming. Please contact the olaStore for more details and on how to order.

Twitter Chats for Professional Learning

TwitterChats for Professional Learning: Each week, educators from around the world take part in various conversations on Twitter known as “chats.” These conversations have become an excellent way for educators to connect on relevant topics, share resources and best practices, all while challenging each other’s thinking. The premise of a Twitter chat is simple. Each lasts for 60 minutes, moderators pose questions on a predetermined topic, and participants use a consistent hashtag (#) to communicate.

Click on the link above for a sampling of some of the chats available, and when they occur.

People to People International: School and Classroom Program

Founded in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, PTPI promotes international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities.

PTPI’s School & Classroom Program is a free service that links classes and youth groups in different countries for pen pal exchanges and projects that foster cultural understanding and friendship. Teachers of students ages 4-18 are invited to register.

Register for the School and Classroom Program!

Participating teachers receive a manual that offers guidance, tips for communication and project ideas. Contact details are exchanged between partner teachers so they may communicate directly. Groups may communicate via email, postal mail or both. Registration is open July – October each year. For additional information before you register, download this info sheet or submit an info request.

There are also opportunities around Global Youth Murals, getting your poetry published and being recognised for community service.  Find more details here.