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    October News

    New Books!
    The display table outside the library hosts a collection of new books, but they will soon be replaced by our Halloween titles, so check them out before they're all gone!

     The Otter Wall of Fame display board outside the library has been updated! Congratulations to Estella and Anna from P4 and Robyn in P@ for being the first to have their names on display! 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 casting their votes for top choice information text.

    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. Annika in 5th grade just turned in her sign up sheet - she beat me in the challenge to read all 12 titles. Well done, Annika! Our first lunch time book group is coming up on October 27th at 11:40am. We'll be talking about Awkward, a graphic novel by Svetlana Chmakova.

    Coming Soon!         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.

    Blythe Summers from SPL will be visiting Montlake on Thursday, November 9 to get us started on the 2017 challenge. She will give students a sneak peek at all the titles and hand over our copies of the books. Once again, we will be looking for parent volunteers to help facilitate this event. If you are interested, please contact Ms. Rueth, Ms. Lee, Mr. Knox or Ms. Emily. Thank you for your support and encouragement.
                                             Watch this space for further updates!

    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 are finding out about visiting online sites that are safe for them. We will be visiting 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 a couple of videos that our K-2 students will be viewing:
    What is the Internet?
    What is personal information?
    These videos are included in a classroom lesson that gives students the opportunity to create usernames that do not reveal private information.

    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
    Login: studentsps
    password: Access

    Tumble books

    Username: mnt_first initial, middle initial, last name.
    Password: seattle

    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