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    Curbside Checkout (#2)


    September 24, 2020


    Curbside checkout will allow Montlake students to borrow books in a safe, socially distanced manner.  Please wear masks and plan to stay 6 feet apart.

    Students can point and choose books arrayed on the tables, take a curated bag of 4 books, or place a hold on books in advance.  Holds must be placed by midnight Tuesday 9/22 so I have time to gather them.

    For a video on how to place a hold, watch this video on holds.

    Donations of bags (for our next Curbside Checkout) are welcome, as are book returns!

    Email me with any questions,


    kids reading in sun August Black lives matter

                    Summer reading - With only one month left of summer I hope you are all still immersed in books! This is the last week of the SPS Summer Super Readers program, so visit one of the meal sites (link to map here) and stock up on books to keep you interested and engaged. I'll be staffing the table at Rising Star Elementary school from 11:00 - 1:00 on Monday, Thursday and Friday this week, so if you're in that neighborhood, I'd love to see you! 

    For some reading ideas here is the annual summer list from the NE SPS Librarian community, which includes links to the Seattle Public Library site for ease of finding books to download in digital form, if available. Next, the Horn Book guide to summer reading - a book review site that I visit frequently for great book recommendations. The book review site, Brightly has some great suggestions for toddlers to teens. Lee & Low - linked in the side bar - have published their summer list of diverse books.

    SPS Librarians have put together a collection of books for social justice. Check out the titles here.

    Dottir Press have a free, downloadable book that is necessary now, more than ever, as our children are witnesses to scenes of violence that were not so readily seen in the days before social media. Here is the link to Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness

    If you are looking for more resources to help talk about current events, here is a read aloud of Something Happened in Our Town, presented by Animation Series - you might like to watch this with your child.

    I Love LibrariesAnother book review site, I Love Libraries has put together a list of summer reading - you'll see some familiar titles there, I'm sure!

    Award News! The Washington Library Association has announced the winners of the four awards we follow at Montlake. Watch this video for the big reveal!

    IckabogBIG NEWS for Harry Potter fans! J.K. Rowling has a new book that she is sharing online in installments - Chapter by chapter, she will reveal her first children's title since Harry Potter. And that's not all. Rowling announced there will be an international competition for children to illustrate the book, which will be traditionally published in November. 

    If you're having trouble logging in to some of our online resources, watch this video for guidance.

    Our friends at Style have some great on line music lessons linked with books. There's something new every week, so check out their site if you'd like some literature linked music to add to your life. 

    Lee & Low books has a youtube playlist with lots of authors reading their stories. It's a great line up, so check it out if you'd like more read alouds to brighten your day.

    Save the Children have created a great initiative: Follow the #savewithstories on Instagram or Facebook to enjoy a host of stories read by all kinds of actors and performers and visit the Save the Children website to see how you can help children during this time and beyond.  

    Candlewick Press is offering a free, downloadable children's book about coronavirus. Visit their website for more information.

    There's a host of read alouds and activities from authors at Stimola Live - visit the site and follow the links to their youtube channel.

    Fans of Harry Potter will be excited to learn that J. K. Rowling has created some great activities - visit Bringing Hogwarts to You to see what's on offer. 

    Common Sense Media have put together some amazing resources - check out their site at Wide Open School 

    Simon & Schuster publishers have a lot of great stuff on their site. Follow this link.

    "Explore the world of children's literature" with KidlitTV 

    Storyline online is a great site which has actors reading books aloud. It's a must visit! 

    Author, Kate Messner has some great stuff, including read alouds, on her site. 

    Here's something from amazing author Kwame Alexander

    Lunch Lady author/illustrator, Jarrett J. Krosoczka is hosting a youtube class for budding graphic novel illustrators.

    Visit Oliver Jeffers and his at home story time

    Follow Mac Barnett on instagram for daily readings 

    Watch Grace Lin on youtube - reading and drawing 

    Educational Resources from Bound to Stay Bound Books

    Doodle with Mo Willems 


    Seattle Public Library update
    "Digital resources

    During this challenging time, we wanted to encourage you to check out the Library’s many online books and media and other resources including e-books and e-audiobooks; streaming TV, movie and music services; online classes; and digital subscriptions to newspapers and magazines."

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    What a great week we had with the Style team! I hope you've had a chance to listen to the song your student helped create. Follow this link, then scroll down to the Montlake section and click on the link for your class. Enjoy!

    resource iconThis is a great time to explore Britannica at home, choose the online resources link - the username is studentsps and the password is access. It's a great resource with many features that will keep your child engaged.

    Award Winners

    Library News

    Ms. Binkow shared a great resource with me and it deserves a place on the library page! It's the website Story Time From Space where 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. 

    Visit the ALA site to see the nominees for the 2021 Sasquatch award.

    The nominees for the Children's Choice picture book award can also be found on the WLA website.

    The Towner Award
    nominees for 2020 were chosen by WA State librarians and the nominees for next year will be posted as soon as the committee has finalized the list.

    K-2 students are encouraged to read the 6 books nominated for the early reader Otter Award. Visit the Otter Award page to find out which books have been nominated this year and dive into some summer reading.

    You can see what I've been reading if you follow me on Instagram, where I post pictures of books @ Wolfpackbookbag. 

    book cover  Have you read the Rebel Girls books? Well there is now a podcast where you can listen to stories about amazing women. Follow this link and find out what else is on offer on 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: Jodi Purcell
    Phone: 206-252-3313

    If you would like to donate a book to the library, visit the wish list and thank you so much for your support. 

    Library Hours

    Monday, Tuesday and Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
    Wednesday 8:00 - 1:15

    Helpful Links

    Kiddle a search engine for kids 

    National Online Safetyguides

    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