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    "I'm not comfortable being preachy, but more people need to start spending as much time in the library as they do on the basketball court." - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    Award Winners!

    The American Library Association has announced the winners of their various awards. Visit the site to find out if any of your favorites are amongst the winning books. 

    “Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise.” -Maya Angelou

    Black History Month

    We've heard of Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, but have you heard of photographer Gordon Parks? or, surgical technician, Vivien Thomas? or, Lonnie Johnson, inventor of the water gun? The display outside the library hosts a sample of books in our collection that celebrate the varied and sometimes little-known achievements of African-Americans. Check out a book and learn about another contribution to our society.

                                                      Plants in Motion
    The K-2 students will be listening to this WCCPBA nominee in the library and talking about the incredible lives of plants. The author suggests visiting some web sites to watch plants in motion and I'm linking them here so that students can show their families at home. Plants In Motion is a site created for non profit educational use by the Indiana University Dept. of Biology. Follow the links on the left for videos. Also, The Kid Should See This is a great site for a range of child-friendly videos and I found this short video of a venus fly trap.

    Using SPS Resources at home - click
     here for a guide to help remind you how to log on to your office account. 

    Have you signed up for schoology? This useful SPS resource offers powerful new technology at all grade levels to organize content, engage students, and connect to families. Find out how it works here.

    The second graders are keeping me busy updating the Otter Wall of Fame display board outside the library and now there's a first grader joining the celebration! If your K-2 student has been reading those Otter Award books, remind them to turn in the Sign up sheet!

    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. Our next lunch time book group is on Friday, February  at 11:40am. We'll be talking about Fish in a Tree, by Linda Mullaly Hunt. Students can participate in the Sasquatch conversation by logging in to schoology and visiting the library course on their page.

    Global Reading Challenge         Global Reading Challenge
    The in-school challenge is fast approaching! Thank you to parents who have come in to mentor the teams. We've been having fun in the library taking some online quizzes created by SPS NE Librarians. Our local public librarian, Blythe Summers, will be the quiz queen on February 14th. 

    Digital Citizens

    Montlake students are digital natives and our job is to help them navigate that world in a safe and responsible way. To that end, I will be using the Common Sense Media curriculum with all students throughout the year. 
    In January, students in grades 1 and 2 will begin to make use of computers and learn how to log in using their own SPS account. They will create, save and retrieve documents on their Office 365 accounts. 
    Kindergarten students will learn about about visiting online sites that are safe for them. We will visit two sites in class and students can come to this page to view those websites at home. 
    Find out about animals at the San Diego zoo site and visit the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan from the comfort of your couch!
    Here are some more videos that our Kindergarten students will be viewing as part of our lessons:
    What is the Internet?
    What is personal information?
    Follow the digital trail.

    In the upper grades we have been talking about online etiquette and cyber bullying. This has a real world application because the students are making use of Schoology to upload assignments, make comments and join in discussions about the Sasquatch nominees. Common Sense Media has a guide for parents that you can read here.

    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?

    Library Catalog
    Online Student Resources
    Make use of a wide range of SPS supported resources by logging in via the Student Portal. Once a student has logged in using their unique username and password, they have access to many of the resources without the need to log in again.
    Any sites that do​ require an additional log in, use the following:
    username: seattlesps
    password: access
    Contact Info
    Librarian:Donna Rueth
    Phone: (206) 252-3313

    Library Hours
    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
    8:30am - 2:45pm

    Helpful Links
    Seattle Public Library
    Horn Book Guide
    Kirkus Reviews
    A Mighty Girl
    Mayor of Bookopolis
    Read Kiddo Read
    American Indian Children's Literature
    Lee & Low Books
    Book Dragon: Books for the multicultural reader
     The Nonfiction Minute