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    The Global Reading Challenge is ON!

    The GRC is a citywide program that is a collaborative effort between The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Public Schools.  LHE students are in 8 teams of 7 students that meet weekly on Fridays for 30 minutes during the school day. Each team reads 10 books, then takes part in a trivia competition against the other teams at LHE.  This in-house competition will take place on 2/11 from 12:30-1:30. LHE's winning team will go on to the Semi-Finals March 12th at 10-12 AM at the downton SPL.  The winning teams from Semi-Finals go on to the City Final on March 24th at 7PM at the downtown SPL.  

    The committee did a great job selecting books this year.  They are all different levels, and rich in diverse characters!

     A Whole New Ballgame: A Rip and Red Book Kiki and Jacques: A Refugee Story I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 (I Survived #7) Dragons in a Bag Skeleton Man 


    Who Was Bruce Lee? Front Desk (Scholastic Gold) Sanity & Tallulah (Sanity & Tallulah, Book 1) Gaby, Lost and Found: A Wish Novel Dash (Dogs of World War II)

    Several of the books can be accessed electronically via Overdrive through SPL.  See the link below:

    https://spl.overdrive.com/library/kids/collection/1029653

     Additionally, all branches of SPL have these titles in a separate section that kids can check out on the honor system - no library card required.

    Study guides for each title were given to students before the Thanksgiving Break, however they are always available in the Library.

    Thanks to The Rotary Club of Ballard and The Seattle Public Library Foundation for sponsoring this program!

    You can find more information about the program here:

    https://www.spl.org/programs-and-services/learning/global-reading-challenge

    December Interfaith Celebrations

    To expand on the Traveling Suitcase this month, students are learning about different holidays in the month of December.  We are reading about Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, St. Lucia, Solstice, Noche Buena, and Christmas.

    Library Catalog

    Did you know you and your student can access the Loyal Heights Elementary Library Catalog from home? I’ve been teaching the 2-5th graders how to login to Destiny so that they can look at their accounts, see what is due, renew their books, and put books on hold! Classroom teachers have their correct username/password combos. Ask them to show you how! Additionally, even if you don’t login, students can still see what books are available in our Library. 

    SPS Online Resources

    Seattle Public Schools has made so many awesome resources available to its students at school or from home. The entire Microsoft Office 365 suite is available for student use. This includes Word, Excel, Power Point, and One Drive for saving/storing files. Fourth and fifth graders have all logged in with their unique student login / password.  Your classroom teacher can give you your child’s username/password combo. 

    I highly recommend Sweet Search for kids to use instead of Google at home. It eliminates the flashing ads and does its best keeping your kids safe on the internet.  

    You will be prompted for an username/password for some resources when not on a district computer. This is not your student’s unique login, but a generic login for all SPS students. The username is: “studentsps”. The password is: “access”   Visit the SPS Website Online Student Resources
    Contact Info
    Librarian
    ccblangy@seattleschools.org
    Phone: (206) 252-5920
    Main Office: (206) 252-6000

    Volunteer Opportunities
    Volunteers are always welcome in the Library. I currently have all positions filled but will post again when needed.  Thank you for being so generous with your time!


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