Welcome to the Montlake Library

Curbside Checkout

Curbside checkout will allow Montlake students to borrow books in a safe, socially distanced manner. 

Students can request a curated bag of 4 books, or place a hold on 4 books in advance. Holds placed by midnight Tuesday will be ready Wednesday and for the next week. Holds placed by midnight Wednesday will be ready Thursday and for the next week.

For help on how on how to place a hold, read this guideor watch this video on holds. Grab bags can be requested in this request form. 

Email me with any questions,

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Award Winners 2021

The all inclusive  Children's Notables lists the best chldren's books of the year, including the awards listed below from the American Libary Association.

The Newbery Award is given to the best contribution to children's literature by an American author.

Washington Chldren's Choice Award Nominees (grade k-3)

Sasquatch Books (grades 4-6, nominated for imaginative and fun books) 2020 Award Winner and 2021 Nominees.

The Caldecott Medal is given to a picture book.

The Pura Belpre Award is given to a Latinx author or illustrator.

The SF Notables list identifies the best science fiction for each year.  The Golden Duck is for picture boooks, and the Eleanor Cameron goes to middle grades (4-7).

The Evergreen Award has added a list for middle school books.


Ms. Binkow shared a great resource with me and it deserves a place on the library page! It's the website Story Time From Spacewhere real astronauts read books aloud to be shared with children on earth! Visit the website to watch a story video and find out so much more about life on a space station. 


book cover  Have you read the Rebel Girls books? Well there is now a podcastwhere you can listen to stories about amazing women. Learn moreon the Rebel Girls Boundless website.


 digital citizen logoDigital Citizenship

Montlake students are digital natives and our job is to help them navigate that world in a safe and responsible way. “Digital citizens recognize and value the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they engage in safe, legal and ethical behavior.The Washington State Technology Standards outline detailed ways to teach digital citizenship to our students. This year I'll be collaborating with classroom teachers to weave technology needs into library classes.

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 contact Vivian van Gelder, our Montlake Volunteer Coordinator,

Volunteer opportunities include shelving, check in/out, book repair, special projects! Thank you for your support.

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Discover Page

Library Catalog
Online Student Resources

MackinVia website for digital books

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: Jodie Purcell
Phone: 206-252-3313

Library Hours

Curbside Checkout

3-5 PM

First and Third Thursdays

Helpful Links

Kiddlea search engine for kids 

National Online Safety guides

Seattle Public Library

Indigo's Bookshelf
We Need Diverse Books
Disability in Kidlit
Kirkus Reviews
A Mighty Girl
Rebel Girls Boundless
Latinxs in Kid Lit
American Indian Children's Literature
Lee & Low Books
Book Dragon: Books for the multicultural reader
The Nonfiction Minute