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    Hi Families – Just another attempt to keep you informed about our school library program.  Please visit Stevens Elementary Library for more in-depth information on any of the below.  It’s a work in progress, but it’s a great spot for all things Library (and more).


    Primary Fall Lessons, so far

    Our lessons this fall have focused on reading WCCPBA (Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award) nominees, emphasizing a few book features (author, illustrator, cover, title page) and exploring content books to support classroom interests.  Books shared are carefully chosen to include multicultural character representation, inclusive & engrossing storytelling and, of course, great pictures! We will continue exploring and defining fiction vs nonfiction (and subgroups of both genres), beginning with the nonfiction selections for the Towner award (best informational text) later this month.


    SPL’s Library Link

    3-5 students have had the opportunity during Library sessions and my weekly Office Hour to set up a Seattle Public Library (SPL) Library Link account. This account allows easy access to on-line eBooks, Audiobooks and more via Libby, Hoopla & the main SPL site.  Please feel free to contact me if your student would like further assistance with this.  Library Link (SPL/SPS)


    GTCC (Green Team-Climate Change) – It’s Time!

    22 third, fourth & fifth graders attended our first GTCC meeting on Wednesday. Wahoo!  After a brief sharing from returning members, we talked a bit about our goals for the year (i.e. webpage, assembly participation, legislative letter-writing campaign, school garden) and of the commitment necessary to be a part of GTCC.  For more information, please visit our (under construction) GTCC webpage.


    The Global Reading Challenge (GRC) is on!

    The focus this month has been reading, reading, reading.  25+ of the GRC books are currently checked out, supporting the PERSONAL CHALLENGE set for all 3-5 students: to read at least two (out of seven) of the GRC titles.  Next month we began planning the optional competition and art components and continue to explore GRC Authors (we viewed an interview and storytelling session last week of Sasquatch & the Muckleshoot’s Joseph Bruchac).  Global Reading Challenge@ Stevens


    Stevens Library Catalog – Checkout Some Books!

    Every session someone asks about getting library books.  Especially with the breaks coming up, don’t forget you can check out on-line thru the Stevens Library CatalogClick below for easy instructions on how to place holds & visit the library page for more information about Stevens Stoop Service (curbside pick-up & book delivery!).

    How to place an online library hold step-by-step instructions

    How to place an online library hold -- video instruction


    Books are the best gifts!

    Visit the Stevens Library Collections to view various recommended reading including Stevens Staff picks, Social Justice titles, Girl Power selections, book award nominees & more.  Visit our library page’s Book Award Nominees for further recommendations, including lists of present and past award nominees, including the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award (WCCPBA).  Remember, “You are NEVER too old for a good picture book!”


    Stevens Library Wishlist – Used Books from the BEST BOOK STORE EVER!

    The Stevens Library has a Powell’s “Wishlist”😊  For those not familiar with Powell’s, they are a large independent bookstore based in Portland with the best darn inventory & setting for browsing in-person.

    The books selected are USED, in line with our GTCC school-wide goals to Reduce & Reuse. Included on this list are selections from Global Reading Challenge authors & other book award nominees, favorite authors and favorite series.  Stevens Library Powell's Wishlist

    We sure appreciate any and all contributions to help us continue to build a collection of books that represent our different voices, stories and interests.