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    Hour of Code

    This week is National Computer Science week.  During library, every 1st-5th grade student worked with a partner to explore and learn how to write code.  Students navigated how to write code for a new Minecraft simulation. offers many free, kid-friendly resources if your child wishes to continue their Hour of Code enthusiasm.  The goal of is to expose students, especially girls, to the field of computer science.   Although not required, students can create an account (no cost) which will save their progress from session to session.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Happy Coding!

    Ms. Kathleen

    Book Fair Thank You

    The Monster Mash Book Fair was a smashing success!  Thank you to the families who endured the extra warm library climate to stand in line and purchased books.  Your support resulted in $1,636 profit for the JSIS Library.  Tom Nissley and the Phinney Book crew were in awe of this community and our passion for books.  In addition, families spent $1,035 in Phinney Book Teacher Dollars and $450 in Kinokuniya gift cards to support literacy in classrooms.  The JSIS teachers are thrilled to be able to purchase “must read” titles for their classrooms.  Thank you!  I am grateful to work in a community that LOVES books.  Your generosity will enhance the library’s diverse collection, provide books in three languages, and put fun titles in the hands of eager readers. 

    Thank you to my fearless book fair co-coordinators:  Erica Bigelow and Kelsey Camp.  Thank you also to the volunteers who help set up and pack up the book fair:   Julie Wittman, Serina Hijirida, Becca Graves, Theresa Gilliam, Donna Rueth, Karyn Papathanosiou and Deilyn Osby Sande.  Thank you, Arigato, and Gracias!

    ~ Ms. Kathleen

    (Photo of The Library Sheriff and Elvis (aka Forrest C.))

    library sheriff and Elvis