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  • 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

Library News!

June, 2014

Summer Reading Recommendations

Looking for a good book this summer?  My UW iSchool intern Ms. Connie pulled together a list of her favorite books.  Check out her list of fiction and non-fiction titles HERE.

Seattle Public Library Summer of Learning

On June 23, the Seattle Public Library will kick off its Summer Learning Program.  A couple changes to note in this year’s summer program.  First, students are encouraged to read ten books but will only record ten new things they learned.  Second, students get a free book when they pick up their reading log from any SPL library.  Many fun activities will take place throughout the summer.  Check out what’s happen at:

On Monday, Ms. Kristie of the University Branch came to JSIS to share many of her favorite books and explain SPL’s Summer Learning Program.  Your child might have forgotten the specific titles of book she highlighted.  If so, here’s her bibliography:

Ms. Kristie's Bibliography 

Summer Keyboarding Practice

Although the skill of typing may eventually be a thing of the past, students should be familiar with a keyboard.  Starting next spring, the new state assessment will be online for students in third, fourth and fifth grades.  Summer is great time for students to practice their keyboarding skills.  Unfortunately Mavis Beacon (the school’s keyboarding program) is only available on school computers.  It is my hope that the Seattle School District will provide a district-wide keyboarding program in the years to come.  For now, there are many free keyboarding programs (I’ve listed some on my library web page).  A student favorite is the BBC’s program called Dance Mat Typing

Library Gratitude

Thank you for the opportunity to teach your lovely children this year. I am grateful to work in such a supportive and generous community.  Thank you to the PTSA who made a surprise $1,400 donation for books that will update our multiple book series.  In addition, I placed a much needed order for non-fiction titles that will support our science and social studies units next year.  Thank you to all the library volunteers and parents who helped scan in all the books.  Whoo hoo, the annual library inventory is complete thanks to you!


Wishing you and your family a summer filled with books, sunshine, and laughter. 

I look forward to seeing all of you in September.

As always, happy reading!

~ Ms. Kathleen

Ms. Kathleen Intro

This year begins my 8th year working as the teacher librarian at JSIS and 18th year as an elementary school educator.  I have a background in special education and have worked as literacy support teacher for many years.  The role I love best is being your child’s librarian.  Each week your child will have a formal library class.  For the primary grades, this class typically is story time where I promote different genres of books or share stories related to classroom units.  In the intermediate grades, I collaborate with the teachers to support their curriculum and/or teach research skills.  One of my goals this year is to highlight more non-fiction to better prepare our students for the new Common Core State Standards in Reading and Writing.  

Library Schedule

Find out when your child’s class comes to the library each week. (Link is also in the column to the right under the green exclamation point). The check out period is for one week but students may renew their books if they need extra time.  Every few weeks, electronic emails are sent to parents listing the books your child currently has checked out and which ones are overdue (except for the kindergarteners as they keep their books in the classroom for now.)  There are no fines for overdue books.  If books are lost, please either pay for the book or replace with gently-used books of equal value.  Please contact me regarding your used book replacements so I can let you know if we already have the book in our collection.

Library News Archive

Useful Information

Librarian: Ms. Kathleen
Phone: 206 252-6114

 Library Hours
9:05-9:25 Monday - Friday
9:25-3:35 Library Schedule

SPS Online Resources for Students

Log in for SPS students

Username:  studentsps

Password:  access

(Useful links)   

JSIS Library Catalog

Free Typing Resources
Leveled Book Lists

Young Reader's Choice Award (YRC)

Sasquatch Award

Washington Children's Choice Award

American Library Association Awards

Peggy's Picks

Multicultural Children's Literature 

100 Best Books

International Reading Association Children's Choices

Seattle Public Library

About Ms. Kathleen!

Becoming 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. Since JSIS is 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!

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