February Library News

Global Reading ChallengeGlobal Reading Challenge
The Global Reading Challenge is an annual battle of the books program hosted by SPS and the Seattle Public Library. This year sets a new JSIS record with 84 4th and 5th grade students participating. Since November, students have worked with their team to read the 10 GRC books. The goal of the GRC is to encourage teamwork and challenge students to read diverse books they might never read. Our in-school challenge is just around the corner:

In-School Global Reading Challenge
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
8:30-10:00 a.m. in JSIS cafeteria

Parents are welcome to attend

Thank you to the following students for their extra reading efforts (and clever team names):

Enchanted Golden Apples: Arya, Nathan, Anna, Ava R., Kate C., Eli, Genevieve
United Seltics: Henry, Caitlyn, Teagan, Kipling, Liv, Aiyanna, Kate B.
Pink Zombified Monkey Squids: Maggie, Peter, Michael, Sarah, Ariya, Allessandra
Flying Penguin Pottamuses: Evelyn, Addisen, Tai, Kailey, Jackson, Miranda, Max
Chunky Monkeys: Glafira, Mielle, Christian, Izzy, Ella, Aaron, Liam
Baconators: Phaedra, Svea, Kumi, Rohan, Maya T., Zac, Jonathan
Illuminati Seven Eye: Claire S., Josephine, Kai, Julian, Finn, Rebecca, Grace
Unwritten Pages: Simone, Maya J., AnaElisa, Diego, Gabe, Allyson, Mika
The Pickly Pages: Mihir, Jasper, Kousuke, Carmela, Katie G., Sam H., Leah
The Porcupines: Ariadna, Ava K., Lucy W., Cole, Quincy, Kohen, Bianca
Ninja Kitty: Mara, Stella, Claire E., Anja, Linnea, Enrique, Jack
Intergalatic Narwhales: Juliet, Tristen, Maceo, Amelie R., Sofia, Wyatt, Evie

Learn more about the GRC and this year's GRC titles here.

Sock DriveSock Drive Success!
Thank you to the many families who donated new socks for Seattle's homeless adults and children. The Union Gospel Mission was thrilled to receive three giant bags of new socks. In total, JSIS collected 314 pairs of socks. Thank you!

ALA Award Winners
Recently the American Library Association announced its annual award books. This year's award winning books for children include some gems. Some favorites are:

The Girl Who Drank the MoonALA Award Winner
An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her.
Recommended for grades 3rd and above

The Inquisitor's TaleALA Award Winner
Crossing paths at an inn, thirteenth-century travelers impart the tales of a monastery oblate, a Jewish refugee, and a psychic peasant girl with a loyal greyhound, the three of whom join forces on a chase through France to escape persecution.
Recommended for grades 3rd & above

We Are Growing!ALA Award Winner
Willems' beginning-reader superstars share their favorite books with readers in the new series Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! In this, written and illustrated by Keller, several shoots of grass (and one surprise dandelion) grow and ponder their existence and the things that make them special.
Recommended for ALL ages

Many of the ALA award winning titles will be arriving soon to the JSIS library.

School Librarian
Just what does a school librarian do besides read books? A school librarian wears many hats in order to support the entire school community. Here at JSIS, I juggle the following tasks most weeks:
  • Teach 19 library classes each week. My lesson objectives focus on new CCSS literacy standards or supporting students with their curriculum explorations.
  • Book talk and help to connect children to great books in English, Spanish, and Japanese.
  • Teach information literacy skills - from how to research using SPS online resources to how to write a bibliography or how to evaluate if a website is credible or not.
  • Consult with classroom teachers to find books and resources to support their units of study.
  • Implement many of the new district initiatives--such as Typing Agent, Office 365, Hour of Code, etc.
  • Manage and improve the 11,500 books and resources in our international library collection.
  • Coordinate school-wide projects such as Community Action Project, book fairs, author visits, and miscellaneous projects supporting our global mission.
I am grateful to work with a crew of dedicated volunteers who help shelve books each week. During this post-election time, I am especially appreciative to teach the students of JSIS. Your children are a true blessing. Their smiles, curiosity, and excitement for learning brighten my world each day. Thank you.

As always, happy reading!
~ Ms. Kathleen


  • To foster a love of reading in all students
  • To provide a global perspective by reading and highlighting books and stories from around the world
  • To teach information skills so students learn to use information effectively and responsibly

About Ms. Kathleen!

Ms. KathleenBecoming a children's librarian is the fulfillment of one of my dreams. I started out as a classroom teacher and later as a special education teacher working with students who struggled with learning disabilities. I decided to become a children's librarian because I wanted to ignite a love of reading in all students--especially the ones who struggled with reading. Now that I'm a librarian, I try to stock the library full of titles that will lure reluctant readers into picking up books. As an international school, I also strive to expose children to books that teach about different cultures or share a global world view. Please stop by the library to say hello--or better yet, check out a book and go home and read it!

Useful Information

Librarian: Ms. Kathleen
Email: kmgillespie
Phone: (206) 252-6114

Library Hours
7:35-7:50 Open
7:50-2:05 Library Schedule

Schedule and check-out policy
2016-17 Library Schedule
Check-out Policy

SPS Online Student Resources

Library Catalog
Library Catalog

Library Resources
© Seattle Public SchoolsWebsite by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2017 West Corporation. All rights reserved.