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    2017-18 Library Highlights


    October: New books arrive in the Whittier Library!

    New books are here and ready for check out.  Ms. Nygard focused on acquiring award winning books, updating non-fiction topics, new fiction titles for all reading levels, picture books, graphic novels and multiple copies of popular titles.  Here are some highlights:

    New books for our Everyone readers! Including many of the 2018 nominees for the Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award. Ms. Nygard will read these books to K-2 students who will join in the state-wide vote for their #1 favorite.

    Ms Nygard with books
    New picture books to help teachers in RULER discussions. RULER is Whittier's social-emotional curriculum that helps build empathy and emotional awareness in students.
    New RULER books
    Graphic Novels are super popular at check out.  The Library collection already included Elisabetta Dami’s Geronimo Stilton series, but now we have the Thea Stilton seriesstarring a collection of female heros-- Colette, Violet, Nicky, Paulina, and Pamela. 
    new book series Thea Stilton Check-out the engaging non-fiction titles focussing on geography, science, technology and world events.  These topics change quickly and new titles help keep the collection meaningful and up to date with the changing world. 
    new non fiction
    Fiction also got a real boost.  Whittier now has an up-to-date collection of the Unwanteds series and added the popular series, Baby-Sitter Club by graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier based on the novels by Ann M Martin.  

    new fiction stack

    November: Global Reading Challenge books announced!

    Yea, the Global Reading Challenge books are announced! Check out the titles.  Want to know more about the GRC program? Check out the Seattle Public Library informational page.


    2016-17 School Year Highlights

        - Kindergarten & 1st Grade Students:  We were able to read all 20 of the Washington State Children’s Choice picture book award nominees this year and, in April, all students were able to vote for their favorite book! Mummy Cat was the state winner — an amazing fictional tale about a cat and his love for his Egyptian Queen from centuries prior. Students loved the hidden hieroglyphs on each page and solving the mystery using details from the drawings and the text. To find more information on all Children’s Choice books, you can visit: We have also been on computers, learning how to login, use the mouse, look on the library’s online book catalog, and how to find/use the district resources.

        - 2nd Grade:  We have worked on branching out and finding new books from series and genres that are not as commonly explored. We have worked with poetry and creating our own alliterative statements. Also, Students performed a library scavenger hunt to become more familiar with where books are located in the library and they had the chance to explore nonfiction texts to compare and contrast information from different sources.

        - 3rd Grade: It has been so fun to learn how to make PowerPoint presentations and students worked really hard to create animal slides to become more familiar with the program. Our current big project is the Roald Dahl reading challenge! Students are working hard, reading as many Roald Dahl books as possible and creating questions that accompany what they read. Then, on June 14th, all 3rd grade students will compete in a reading challenge here in the library. This not only encourages consistent reading and retention, but also will introduce the rules and procedures for the Global Reading Challenge, which 4th and 5th graders are able to participate in. Next year, they will know exactly what to do when Global Reading Challenge begins! For more information on the Global Reading Challenge, you can visit:

         - 4th Grade: Students have been able to explore primary and secondary sources and discuss/analyze the differences in the two. We worked on writing skills and critiqued how authors begin their stories by creating our own strong story starters. We explored the district’s online resources, finding information for the Oregon Trail unit and Washington state history. We had a deep discussion about Fake News — discussing and deciphering websites that are real and credible, versus those that are not. Students were incredibly insightful and have a very good understanding of this topic now moving into 5th grade. Currently students are creating “Shelfies”... pictures of him/herself holding their favorite book from this year, and including their review of the book. I will be using these next year for student book recommendation displays!
        - 5th Grade:  I was able to partner with Mrs. Childers and Mrs. Gordon-Smith for two research units — American Hero and Colonial American — and assist in the research process for both classes. We learned the Big6 research method, discussed source credibility/reliability, acquired a deeper knowledge of plagiarism and how to avoid it, discussed MLA format and created source lists for research done, explored ThingLink (an electronic presentation alternative to PowerPoint), and learned how to imbed direct quotes from sources to use as support for claims. It has been so fun getting to work with 5th grade so much and to hear their ideas and see their growth! I will really miss teaching this amazing group of kids!


        - Global Reading Challenge: What a reading success this year! We had nearly seventy 4th and 5th grade participants, and all ten teams worked so hard and read so much! It was a highlight of my year to get to work with students through this fun battle-of-the-books program. Thank you to all who participated and supported!
        - SPL Summer Reading Program: This week, Erin Moehring, Seattle Public Children’s Librarian (Greenwood branch), came and spoke to all students about their awesome summer reading program. Get involved and keep your kids reading! For more information, you can visit:

    Thank you so much for all your efforts this year in reading with your kids, enjoying our library books with them, and returning them on a regular basis. This made it possible for popular books to circulate and for more students to get to enjoy them! It’s evident that reading is a top priority in Whittier homes and that’s shown through your students’ enthusiasm and love for the library materials.

    It’s been an incredible  year...Happy Reading & Happy Summer everyone!