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Welcome to the Stevens Library

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.


Spotlight Books

(each title available thru the Stevens Library Catalog

Out of My Mind  by Sharon Draper. 5th grader Melody has cerebral palsy and cannot walk, talk or write. She has a memory, is smarter than most adults she encounters, yet is dismissed by most as mentally challenged because she cannot communicate otherwise. All that changes as she gains the ability to speak via a personalized laptop and enters a team knowledge competition, yet the bullying and prejudice persists. An absolutely heart-wrenching, thought provoking read about how much our impressions are based solely on what we see and erroneous assumptions.

The Last Cuetista by Donna Barba Higuera. Wow! Part folklore, part social commentary, part sci-fi, 2022’s Newbery Award winner is FANTASTIC! Earth is destroyed by a comet, and only a few hundred scientists and their children, including Petra and her family, have been selected to journey to a new planet to ensure survival of the human race. While Petra and her family are in hyper sleep (for hundreds of years), a questionable group, knows as “The Collective”, have taken over the ship and wiped all Earthly memories in its attempt to erase human evil. As Petra awakes she is the only one who remembers beauty of humanity, as well, including her abuela’s storytelling. Can’t wait to discuss this one with readers!

The Dragon Masters series by Tracey West. While grown-ups might not want to read past #2, students are devouring these books as they quickly become one of the most popular series in our library. Eight-year old Drake is taken to King Roland’s castle where he finds out he is to be trained as a Dragon Master and has his very own dragon (no way!). At the castle, he meets Ana, Rori and Bo, also training to uncover their dragons’ special powers. As the gain knowledge, they are sent on a mission by King Roland — but is he a good king or is this mission to further his own power?! With 21 (and counting) books in the series, a great selection for shorter read-alouds and to build independent reading.


 eBooks, Booklists and 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:    

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, the Pura Belpre Award, 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!


The Bibliophile Riffraff Book Club is back!

The Riffraff have returned! We welcome spring with four NEW book clubs: Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (4th/5th grade), Ban this Book by Alan Gratz (4th/5th grade), Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott (3rd grade) and Alvin Ho, Allergic to Camping, Hiking and Other Natural Disasters by Lenore Look (2nd/3rd grade). Our Ghost Boys & Dragons club meet during March while our Ban This Book & Alvin Ho clubs will begin after spring break. Sign up forms are found on the reader board in the library. To learn more about our past groups, please visit Bibliophile Riffraff Book Club.


The Seattle Public Library!

Seattle Public Library (SPL) – Library Link

A reminder that our AWESOME, award-winning public library system is humongous source of reading material and resources for your family.  Each student has access to SPL’s Library Link program, an on-line library account available to all Seattle Public School students.  A Library Link account gives your child instant access to eBooks and Student Research Resources, including one of my favorites, CultureGrams

All 3rd-5th graders have set up Library LInk accounts from school. You can learn more at:

 **Please note:  a Library Link account is for on-line materials only.  Want to checkout print materials?  See below links for obtaining a library card.

Using your SPL card to get Museum Passes!

Did you know that having a Seattle Public Library card gives you free admission to the Burke Museum, MoPop, The Museum of Flight, the National Nordic Museum, the Seattle Aquarium & the Wing Luke Museum?!  You can reserve one pass to a museum once every 30 days from the date of your visit.  New passes are available every day after 9 p.m.  

Don’t have a SPL Library card yet?

It’s easy to do and gives you instant access to both on-line and print materials (as well as those museum passes above!)

Want more information?  Check out these videos:  https://www.spl.org/using-the-library/get-started/get-started-with-a-library-card 

Volunteer Opportunities

Yes, the library is sorely missing its assistants. Thanks for understanding the need to put volunteering on hold while we sort our safety requirements and overall community comfort as the district masking policy is sorted. Please check back later in the spring for possible opportunities to help us ensure our students and community have the resources they need and desire.

Contact Info

Tanya Kamila