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       January - Happy New Year!

    I hope you all enjoyed a peaceful break from school and spent lots of time reading! On that note, I'm inviting you to help with the display table outside the library. I'd love to see some book recommendations from students, staff and other family members - hand in a book for me to put on the table and add a note of recommendation. Let's share our love of books!

    Upcoming Event!
    Third Place Books have a couple of author events on January 26th that I think might interest our students. Chris Van Dusen, author and illustrator will be in the store at 2pm for an afternoon of creativity and later on, at 7pm, Celia Perez, author of First Rule of Punk will be in the guest chair. If you can't make it to Third Place Books, you will have another opportunity to see Celia Perez, as she will be doing a public event at the down town library on 4th Ave at 2:00pm on Sunday, January 27th. 
    Follow the links on the authors' names to find out more - maybe I'll see you there!

    On a sad note, beloved British author/illustrator, John Burningham, passed away last week. He was a favorite of mine when I worked in schools in London and although he is not so well known in the USA, I'm sure you will be familiar with some of his books. Read his obituary here
    And here is a link to a 30 minute film version of his picture book, Granpa.

    book coverThis week I've been sharing The Lost Words, by Robert Macfarlane with K-2 students. This gorgeous book of poems celebrates the natural world and encourages the reader to get outside and learn the names of the flora and fauna that enrich our environment.

    Global Reading Challenge

    The Global Reading Challenge is well under way, with 7 teams of eager students signed up to participate in this fun, team building, reading event. We have enlisted the help of 2 UW Library Media students to help mentor our teams and there will be lunch time meetings on Fridays to keep everyone on track and to practice answering questions.   
    Some dates to add to your calendars... our in school competition will take place on Wednesday, February 13th at 9:45 am and the winning team will face other schools at the Central library on 4th Avenue on Thursday, February 28th.

       ​Here are some of my recent reads. Click on the book cover if you'd like to read a review and then maybe you could check it out from our library. Happy Reading!   

    book cover ​ Alfie  book cover   book cover   book cover   book cover   book cover   book cover

    book cover Poet's Dog book cover book cover  book cover  Bob by Wendy Mass   Ticket to India  book cover  book cover
    You can see more book suggestions if you follow me on Instagram, where I post pictures of books @ Wolfpackbookbag. 

      I love our Sasquatch lunch time book group gatherings! Students eat lunch in the library and chat about the latest nominee. We will be taking a little hiatus from our meetings while we focus our attention on Global Reading Challenge. Students can still contribute to the Sasquatch conversations on schoology.

                                           Sasquatch award     
    Towner Award nominees are on display in the library and our 3rd through 5th graders have already begun to take a closer look in order to cast their votes for a winner.

    Our K-2 students are enjoying the 20 titles selected in the 2019 
    Washington Children's Choice Picture book category. I'll be reading those to our younger students and inviting the older Wolves to see what they think of this year's selection.

    Next time you're in the building, come upstairs and check out the Otter Wall of fame! We already have a few names on the wall - students from the K - 3rd grade who read all 6 nominees for the
    Otter AwardOtter book nominees



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    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 ( Make sure you complete the required paperwork with Ms. Tiffany in the front office.

    Volunteer opportunities include shelving, check in/out, book repair, special projects!

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    Librarian: Donna Rueth
    Phone: 206-252-3313

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