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Welcome back to the Library! We are so excited to browse, explore, lounge and linger in within our reorganized space! Please use the following menu to learn more about our expanding Library program and ways you can help us continue to update and expand our collection.


Bibliophile Bingo Update!

Last June, returning students received a copy of our “Bibliophile Bingo”, a gamesheet of fun, simple activities designed to encourage reading anytime, anywhere!  Students who completed any # of boxes can return the form to the library to participate in our first ever Stevens Bibliophile Bingo Bash and receive a free book pick.  Students who completed all 25 boxes receive an EXTRA surprise!


Spotlight Books

(each title available thru the Stevens Library Catalog

The Barren Grounds  by David A Robertson.  A fantasy adventure set in Winnipeg and beyond! Morgan and Eli are two Indigenous children living as foster siblings, each struggling with their own cultural and familial disconnections. They stumble upon a portal into the frozen Barren Grounds, where they meet and join Ochek (a grave fisher) and Arik (a cheeky squirrel) on a dangerous mission to save the community of Misewa from permanent winter and starvation. An exciting read for fans of Narnia, the Warriors, and other magical adventures. And the sequel comes out soon!

Towers Falling  by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Fifth grader Dèja, along with friends Ben and Sabeen, tackle a series of assignments at her new school, Brooklyn Collective Elementary, that eventually lead to the topic of 9/11. Through these lessons, Dèja explores and questions her own feelings of home and community, pondering her family’s temporary housing, her father’s struggle with severe depression and her mother’s long working hours to keep the family of five together. A serious topic, yes, but written with senstivity and beauty. A story demonstrating how much 9/11 changed the lives of so many people and continues to impact even those who were not yet alive at the time.

A Boy Called Bat by Elana K Arnold. I LOVE Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat)! When his veterinarian mom brings home a baby skunk needing care until he can be placed in a wild-animal shelter, Bat has one month to convince his mom that it will be the perfect pet! A sweet, often funny story about a young boy on the autism spectrum, written with with insight and sensitivity. An short chapter book (the first in the Bat trilogy!) perfect for readers of all ages.


 eBooks, Booklists & Collections

The Seattle Public Library has many recommended reading lists with some titles available as eBooks and AudioBooks.  With Library Link, students have access to all of these books! Visit SPL’s Library Link to learn more.  Need help? Just ask!  tkkamila@seattleschools.org

Highlighted SPL reading lists:    

The Kid Activist’s Bookshelf

https://www.spl.org/books-and-media/books-and-ebooks/staff-picks-for-kids/pride-2021-lgbtq-books-for-kids

Talking With Kids About Race and Racism

Looking for more books to share with your family?

Check out the Stevens Library Collections to view various recommended reading lists including Stevens Staff picks, Biographies, Social Justice titles & Girl Power selections.  These collections are growing every month as we continue to organize our material by genre and add more books to our library. Visit our Book Award Nominees page for further recommendations, including the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award.  Remember, “You are NEVER too old for a good picture book!”


Help Our Library Collection Grow!

The Stevens Library strives to be a place of refuge, comfort and inclusion. The right book can be a temporary and welcome escape from the doldrums and/or worries of today. Know that much time is being devoted to building and refining our collection to ensure our library is a source of different voices, stories and interests.

You can help by purchasing books for the library from our Stevens Library Powell’s Wishlist. Most of these selections have been requested by the students and are good-condition USED copies, in line with our GTCC (Green Team Climate Change!) school-wide goals to Reduce & Reuse. Also included on our list are book award nominees, favorite authors and favorite series. Thank you for your consideration!

Coming soon: another Donor’s Choose project, another wishlist from a local independent bookstore and other ways you can support our library!


The Bibliophile Riffraff Book Club will return!

Thank you to the students & Ms. Andrews for participating in two heartwarming, engaging book club sessions this past spring.  We return soon, hoping to offer simultaneous sessions targeting different genres and age ranges. To learn more about our past groups, please visit our  Bibliophile Riffraff Book Club page.


Volunteer Opportunities

It takes many busy hands to run a library!  Please check back later in the fall for opportunities to help us ensure our students and community have the resources they need and desire.

Contact Info

Tanya Kamila

Tanya Kamila
Teacher-Librarian
206-252-3438
tkkamila@seattleschools.org

Hours

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (T, W, Th)


Resources

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