Amazing, spectacular, and memorable are all words to describe our field trip to the VPL Central Branch, which is seven stories tall. That’s not all; we also took a six mile walk around down town. I know it may not seem like a luxurious thing to do, but we saw so many fantastic things like: Terry Fox statues, the architectural feed of the seven story library, and BC Place. Not to mention the other class we met.
In the library, we got a nice tour of the children’s area. The librarian told us how to locate books properly, based on its author’s last name or call number. They also showed us the different computers. One is for accessing the library catalogue and doing research, while the other one was for typing and using the internet. Books were not the only things that were on the shelves, there were also video games, movies, and audio books. The art work and decorations in the children’s area really made it look modern and comfortable. After we left the kid’s area, we went upstairs to the mature areas that included: movies, music, magazines, and teen books. A lot of our classmates were very interested in going to the teen area. After checking out some books, we were all taken on a climb to the seventh floor. When we made it to the top, we could see a great view of the library and there was a wooden model of the library. When we went to the entrance we saw another grade seven class. This class belonged to Mr. Smith’s former co-worker, Mr. Orange. These kids are from Franklin Elementary. The meeting of the two classes seemed very awkward. There was not that much interaction at the beginning, but Mr. Smith and Mr. Orange had something else planned. They gave each student a piece of paper with an animal’s name on it. We were then supposed to act out our animal and find our group. It was very embarrassing. We left the library after that, and we walked all the way to BC Place which was 572 metres away from the library. It turns out, Mr. Smith and Mr. Orange set up a scavenger hunt there. They paired us up with students from the other school. I think this was a very good way for us to make new friends. The two classes were finally socializing easily. The scavenger hunt on the other hand was not easy. Some questions were pretty easy to find out, while others were close to impossible. The groups that got the most correct answers received a prize. It was candy. All in all, I think all the groups had fun participating, even though they lost. After the hunt, we walked another 572 metres back to the library. Just so people could take bathroom breaks and rest. We rode the bus and sky train back to school and went home.
Obviously, this field trip would be one of the best for the rest of the year. We all learned so much, and met so many new people. This was very fun and I hope we could have other field trips like this later in the year.