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    Kathleen Gillespie


    Ms. Kathleen: JSIS School Librarian The 2019-20 is off to a great start.  Besides reading, I love spending time in the outdoors.  This photo was taken last July on a backpacking trip to the North Cascades.  This year begins my 14th year working as school librarian. At JSIS, each week your child will have a formal 40-minute library class.  For the primary grades, this class typically includes 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, teach research skills, highlight great books and encourage independent reading. 

    When Does My Child’s Class Come to Library?
    Library is a part of the specialist weekly rotation (PE, music, library and art). This year, JSIS is on a 6-day specialist rotation which means your child’s library day changes each week. Second grade is on a 4-day rotation. To accommodate the wacky schedule, the following changes have been made:

    Refer to the Library web page where you can find the Library Schedule and PCP Rotation. The PCP Rotation Calendars will let you know which day your child has library, PE, music, or art.

    The library is open before school Monday-Friday 7:40 - 7:55 a.m.

    Every Monday morning, the library circulation software will email you a notice of the books your child has checked out.

    The check out period is for 2 weeks so students have 2 weeks to return their library books.

    During the school day, students may ask their teachers to return books anytime.

    There are no fines for overdue books in SPS. However, please encourage your child to “renew” or return any overdue books.

    If a book is lost or gets damaged, let me know and we’ll figure out replacement options.


    Library Volunteers Needed 

    Library Volunteers Needed

    The JSIS Library has one of the highest book circulation rates for a Seattle elementary school.   Our students are voracious readers. Each week about 400 books are checked out and that translates to 400 books needing to be shelved.  I’m hoping to recruit and train a few more volunteers who can help shelve books, help with circulation, and other miscellaneous library projects.  It works best if volunteers can commit to a weekly or biweekly 30-40-minute volunteer block of time. Email me kmgillespie@seattleschools.org to let me know a time that works best for you.  


    Monster Mash

    October 26 Monster Mash Book Fair

    Mark your calendar for Saturday October 26 5:30-8:00 pm.  Phinney Books will host our annual book fair. 25% of book sales will benefit the JSIS Library.  


    Author Cassie Beasly and Librarian Kathleen Gillespie

    Author Cassie Beasley Visits JSIS

    On October 4, best-selling author Cassie Beasley visited JSIS to talk about her new book, The Bootlace Magician (second book in the Circus Mirandus series).  Ms. Beasley shared her secrets about the writing process.  She encouraged students to take risks and not be afraid of mistakes.  The third and fourth grade students loved learning that she lives on a farm in Georgia with a pet parrot who talks.  This parrot is the inspiration for one of the characters in Circus Mirandus.  All of Ms. Beasley’s books are now autographed and available for check out in the JSIS Library. 

    Circus Mirandus book cover

    Library Open Before School  7:40-7:55 a.m.

    Your child does not have to wait to return their books on their designated library day.  The library is open to all students Monday – Friday before school starting at 7:40 a.m. And students can drop off books anytime to Library during the school day.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Happy Reading!

    Ms. Kathleen
    JSIS Librarian
    kmgillespie@seattleschools.org