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    • Library Link Now Available for All K-12 Students.


      May 18, 2020


      Starting on Tuesday, May 19, students, teachers and select staff for grades K-12 at Seattle Public Schools will have immediate access to The Seattle Public Library’s collection of digital books and online resources through the Library Link program. They do not need a Library card; instead, they use their student or staff ID number to get access. Students, staff and families can learn more at

      Previously, Library Link, a partnership between the Library and Seattle Public Schools, was available for students in grades 6-12 and teachers for grades 6-12 (and for K-8 schools). The Library and Seattle Public Schools worked together to expedite expansion of the program in response to the need for remote-learning resources during the time of COVID-19.

      “We are grateful that we can now offer all of Seattle’s public schoolchildren and teachers a seamless way to connect to the Library’s digital resources and collections,” said Josie Watanabe, managing librarian for the Library’s Youth and Family Services. “For children who are learning from home during the COVID-19 crisis, being able to connect to books, games, entertainment and learning resources can make a huge difference. This will also help elementary schoolchildren learn to use Library resources at a critical point in their education.”

      “Seattle Public Schools’ five-year strategic plan, Seattle Excellence, prioritizes early literacy for our students, with an intentional focus on students furthest from educational justice,” said Denise Juneau, superintendent of Seattle Public Schools. “We are thrilled that the Library Link expansion will support our Seattle Super Readers' early literacy campaign by giving our youngest scholars access to Seattle Public Library’s wealth of educational resources. Reaching our goal of 100% of students becoming strong readers by third grade will take all of us, and we are grateful for this partnership that ensures all of our students will continue to read and learn as we navigate this difficult time together.”

      Through Library Link, students can access digital resources such as curated e-book collections for children and teens; graphic novels and comics at Hoopla; research databases and online encyclopedias; and learning resources such as Mango Languages. Library Link also provides teachers and school staff with additional tools they can use for virtual education, as well as when they get back to their classrooms. These include educational videos through Access Video, lesson plans in BookFlix and the ability to host online book discussion groups using “Always Available” titles through Libby and Hoopla.

      The Library has launched or enhanced other digital services that benefit families since its physical locations closed in mid March, including an instant digital Library card; virtual events such as story times; and Your Next Five personalized book recommendations for children and teens. Library and school district staff are also working in partnership to provide additional support to children.

      Find out more about the Library’s digital collections and resources at For help connecting to a Library Link account, parents and teachers can contact Ask Us. For general tips on digital resources, visit the Library’s Books on your device page.

      All physical locations of The Seattle Public Library are closed in accordance with public health guidelines through at least May 31, 2020. Find out more at

      K12 Library Link
    • Seahawk Readers Weekly Readers!

      Updates to your new online library and media center at Chief Sealth International High School.

      Number One:

      I am always available to answer questions about book recommendations, writing and research skills, technology, time management skills, and much more via email or Teams at 


      Number Two:

      You are invited to weekly programming, and can join whenever your schedule allows. Each session is drop-in, so no need to plan ahead--just come by, say hi, and spend time with your excellent classmates!



      Every Monday from 1:15 - 2:15 we will discuss a graphic novel from the on-demand collection at Hoopla Digital. Bring any thoughts, questions, connections, or ideas about the graphic novel and share your brilliance! 

      • Monday, May 11 we will discuss Locke & Key Vol 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe HillMonday,
      • May 18 we will discuss Taproot by Keezy YoungMonday,
      • May 25 we will discuss Saga Book One: Deluxe Edition (issues 1-18)


      Check the Chief Sealth Library page and social media for news and updates about Schoology, games, challenges, resources, tutoring, homework assistance, and much more. 


      From 10:30 to 11:30 every Wednesday, I'll be hanging out in Teams available for live conversations, question and answer, homework help, and more. Come on by and we can chat about what's up with you!


      I'll be around online most of the day, so send me an e-mail with any questions and I'll get back to you asap.


      Every Friday starting at 10:30 I will read the first chapter of a hot YA book. Bonus: I'll try to make sure these titles end up on Seahawk Readers Challenge that will start at the beginning of next school year. 

      Library Weekly Schedule
    • Career Connect at Home

      Every day in May at 3:30, you can attend free online discussions and live Q and A with industry leaders from around Washington.

      The discussions started on Monday, May 4th with Zillow and will continue every school day until the end of the month. Future discussions will come from employers like Uber, Mod pizza, and more!

      Check the schedule of upcoming presentations and employers by clicking the following link:

      Every Day at 3:30, go to and click on the Join Our Next Session button in the top right corner of the page.

      Thanks to Seattle Public Libraries and Career Connect for making this available for students.

      Career Connect at Home
    • Green River Killer Book Club

      Our Book Club

      Head over to Hoopla Digital, log in with your Library Link, check out Green River Killer and start reading!

      We will discuss the book on Monday, May 4th using Zoom: check the Library's Schoology Page for more details.

      Daily Challenge Bonus

      As you are reading, check out the optional daily challenges in the Green River Killer Folder on the Library's Schoology page. And while these are optional, they will give you a chance to think about the book in a variety of ways before we meet to discuss it. 

      Our Goals

      • To have fun hanging out and learning with the great people in our lives.
      • To talk about a true crime that happened here in our city.

      Our Norms:

      • The Norms:
      • Be Kind
      • Be Constructive
      • Use "I..." statements
      • Share the air time
      • Have fun

      Your Library Card Information (Students)

      Library Card Number= 990000 + 7 digit student ID number.
      Example: If your student ID is 8765432, your Library ID Number is: 9900008765432
      PIN=your 4 digit birthday, month and day
      Example: if your birthday is March, 23 your PIN is 0323

      Your Library Card Information (Staff)

      Library Card Number= 9910000 + 6 digit staff ID number.
      Example: If your staff ID is 876543, your Library ID Number is: 9910000876543
      PIN=last four digits of your ID number
      Example: if your ID is 876543, your PIN is 6543
      Green River Killer Flyer
    • Seahawk Readers Book Club: Taproot

      Seahawk Readers Bonus Book Club!

      Want more graphic novel discussion? You're in luck. In addition to our GRK book club next Monday, Ballard High School Library and Chief Sealth High School Library are co-hosting a book club for the book Taproot by Keezy Young this Friday, May 1 from 12:00 to 12:45

      Our Goals

      • To have fun hanging out and learning with the amazing students of Seattle!
      • To talk about a wonderful graphic novel

      Our Norms

      • Be Kind
      •  Be Constructive
      •  Use "I..." statements
      •  Share the air time
      •  Have fun

      Your Library Card Information (Students)

      Library Card Number= 990000 + 7 digit student ID number.
      Example: If your student ID is 8765432, your Library ID Number is: 9900008765432
      PIN=your 4 digit birthday, month and day
      Example: if your birthday is March, 23 your PIN is 0323

      Your Library Card Information (Staff)

      Library Card Number= 9910000 + 6 digit staff ID number.
      Example: If your staff ID is 876543, your Library ID Number is: 9910000876543
      PIN=last four digits of your ID number
      Example: if your ID is 876543, your PIN is 6543

    • Stamped Book Club

      The Book: 

      Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, either the  audiobook version (free ALC from if you sign up as an educator) or a hard copy. 

      The Preparation: 

      Read the book, or as much of it as you can. Then, check the Chief Sealth Library Schoology Page for information about:

      • Ideas to kick start our conversation
      • Information about how to join the Zoom meeting and share your thoughts.

      The Goals: 

      • To enjoy spending time with the great people in our lives.
      •  To enjoy learning with those people.
      •  To stumble through an online book club, with an eye on distance learning

      The Norms:

      • Be Kind
      •  Be Constructive
      •  Use "I statements" 
      •  Share the air
      •  Have fun
      Stamped Book Club Flyer
    • UW and WSU COVID-19 Infodemic Presentation on Thursday, April 9

      COVID-19 is more than just a physical illness — inaccurate and incomplete information spreads just as rapidly around the globe, complicating efforts to contain the virus and keep communities safe and healthy. The state of Washington has been at the forefront of the crisis, taking action since COVID-19 first appeared in the U.S.

      Join experts from the University of Washington and Washington State University for a livestream summit addressing coronavirus misinformation. You’ll have a chance to participate from home as panelists share tools and tips for concerned citizens to cut through the confusion and build healthier information practices.

      Register and submit your thoughts for the panel

      UW/WSU Infodemic
    • Letter to Parents and Guardians

      Parents and Guardians!

      As we work through this crisis as a community, allow yourself--and your student--the time to get lost in a book that sparks joy!

      Reading for just 6 minutes can decrease stress in a real and meaningful way. Also, reading helps build empathy and supports social-emotional growth. So don't worry about choosing books that are 'challenging' or 'academic.' Instead, choose a book that will be fun and add some escape to your day!

      Plus, reading and re-reading books that are “too easy” strengthen crucial neural pathways for academic reading success. This is the exact reason that musicians play scales and professional athletes run drills.

      Your student already has a Library Link Card through using their school ID. The Seattle Public Library now offers digital library cards to anyone with a Seattle area phone number. Sign in by clicking on this link:

      Digital Library Card
    • Your Digital Library Card

      Read, Listen, Watch, and Learn for Free!

      All Chief Sealth Seahawks have been issued a Free Digital Library Card from Seattle Public Library. It is a separate digital account so all books, movies, and music that you check out get returned automatically. Plus, you get access to databases, online classes, and language software!

      SPL Library Link Poster
    • You Can Write History

      We are in the middle of an historic event and you can help write our history! Grab a notebook, start a blog, post on instagram. All of your thoughts about what's going on will shape the way this moment is remembered.

      Some ideas:

      write your thoughts about the news you're reading
      write about what your family is doing during this time
      write about how you hope education will change, or what you hope the new normal will be at school
      write about how you and your friends are figuring out ways to spend time together
      write your thoughts about the illness and it's effects
      write your thoughts about the politics around COVID-19, on a city, state, national, and global level

      Every day something new is happening, join the conversation and help write our future history.

      You Can Write History Flyer
    • #CSIWhereIRead

      #WhereIRead Campaign

      Everyone is invited to share in the #WhereIRead Campaign! It's simple to do and it's a great way to keep connected!

      Here's how it works:

      1. Find a great place place to read.
      2. Read a book there.
      3. Snap a photo or draw a picture.
      4. Share on social media with #WhereIRead and #CSIWhereIRead
      5. Send a picture to me at

      Please e-mail me with any questions, and I can't wait to see what you're reading!!

      Read More about #CSIWhereIRead
      Posted on 03/25/2020
      Where I Read