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    Summer Reading

    Summer in Seattle is long and glorious! But we want to make sure our children continue to immerse themselves in the wonderful world of books! To that end, here are some suggestions and encouragement so that our students are not short of ideas for those perfect summer reads.

    The NE school Librarian community put together some reading suggestions.

    On June 8th, Blythe Summers, the Librarian at the Montlake SPL branch, came to talk to students about the summer reading program. I hope you will take advantage of their enthusiasm and sign them up at any of the Seattle Public Library branches. Here is a list of the books Blythe shared with us.

    For our K - 2nd grade students:- check out the 2017 nominees for the Otter Award and sign up to participate! If you read or listen to all 6 books, you will earn a place on the Otter Wall of Fame outside the library (and a treat from my goodie bag!). Sign up sheet.

    3rd Graders will be immersed in the Towner nominees and they can get a sneak peak of those informational texts during the summer, which will put them ahead of the curve come September.

    4th and 5th graders have the opportunity to participate in the Sasquatch Award - read all 12 titles and earn a free book at the Montlake Book Fair. We will be reinstating our lunch time book group in the fall and I'm really looking forward to discussing the books and hearing the perspective of the students.

    For more summer reading ideas, visit one of the links on the right of this page - there's something for everyone!

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    The library provides a unique environment for celebrating literacy and learning to use information effectively. Our mission is:

    • to be an integral part of the Montlake Elementary School

    • to provide collaboration with staff to create authentic learning for all students

    • to provide quality resources and instruction to students and staff

    • to encourage staff and students in becoming effective users of ideas and information

    • to promote life-long reading and learning both for pleasure and for information

    Volunteer Information:

    Volunteers keep our program going. In order to provide students with the highest quality of educational experiences it is necessary to rely on volunteers to support some of the ongoing non-student contact tasks like shelving of titles. If you are interested in attending and assisting in the library while your child is (or isn't) present please email Ms Rueth (

    Volunteer opportunities include shelving, check in/out, book repair, special projects!

    Coming soon! 

      The 3rd grade students have spent many weeks looking closely at the Townernominees - which of those information texts will get their seal of approval?

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    Librarian:Donna Rueth
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