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    "The Library - it's like taking your brain to the gym."

    January - Happy New Year!

    Budding authors in our community might like to take advantage of a short story competition sponsored by MOPOP. Follow this link to find out more - and may the force be with you! Deadline, January 31st.
                                                Martin Luther King
    Our display table plays host to books celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists. I'll be reading The Youngest Marcher, by Cynthia Levinson with our K-2 students and inviting them to join in a discussion about courageous acts and social justice.

    In other news... favorite author, Jacqueline Woodson, has been appointed as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. There is a outside the library showcasing some of her wonderful books and you can watch a video of her inauguration here. 
    It's lengthy, but you can jump ahead to the 30 minute mark to hear an interview with the talented writer.

    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! 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, January 26 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.

    Global Reading Challenge         Global Reading Challenge
    I hope our GRC participants are using this break from school to read and read again! With all the rain we've been having, it's the perfect excuse to get comfortable and immerse yourself in a book!
    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. 
    In January, students in grades 1 and 2 will begin to make use of computers and learn how to log in and save documents. 
    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