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    I'm sure you have all heard about the Danish term, hygge - here's a New Yorker article in case you missed it! In any event, the short days and inclement weather draw us inside and provide the perfect opportunity to snuggle up with a book! You can find plenty of ideas from the sites linked to this page and if you're using amazon for your purchases, remember to use the school link that will add dollars to our budget!

    Using SPS Resources at home. Students in the 3rd through 5th grade classes have been learning how to access resources such as Office 365 and Typing Agent. They have created unique passwords, following Digital Citizen guidelines and are eager to check out how they can make use of these new skills at home. In order to help students remember the steps, I've created a document that they can find here.

                                                         Princess and Warrior
    On the subject of online resources....... I have been reading a wonderful book with my K-2 students - The Princess and the Warrior, by Duncan Tonatiuh. It is a retelling of the creation myth from the Aztec culture describing the origin of the two volcanoes that overlook Mexico City. Students can find out more about the Aztecs by visiting these sites that can be accessed via the online resource link on the right of this page. Have fun exploring!
                                            world book kids           Sweet Search

     The second graders are keeping me busy updating the Otter Wall of Fame display board outside the library! If your K-2 student has been reading those Otter Award books, remind them to turn in the Sign up sheet!

    Take a look at the Towner nominees for this year. Our 3rd through 5th graders will be creating presentations to share what they have learned from these books. They will be casting their votes for this years winner in the spring.

    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 third lunch time book group is on Friday, December 15 at 11:40am. We'll be talking about The War That Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

    Global Reading Challenge         Global Reading Challenge
    Global Reading Challenge Mission
    -To encourage reading as a fun and recreational activity that allows 4th and 5th grade students of all reading abilities to engage in the sport of reading. This citywide program is a collaborative effort between The Seattle Public Library and the Seattle Public Schools.
    The teams are up and running and we had a great response from parent volunteers to act as mentors - thank you! Now it's time to read, read and read again, so the upcoming break should find students with heads buried in books.
    The next date to look out for is
    Wednesday, February 14, which is the in-school competition.

    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. 
    K-2 students learned out about visiting online sites that are safe for them. We visited these 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 K-2 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.

    Purpose Statement

    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?

    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