Greetings from the Meridian Park Library Media Center!
Welcome to the 2017 – 2018 school year in the Meridian Park Library! With over 750 students this year, we are going to busy reading, checking out many fabulous books, and learning how to access and use information in the 21st century! As a matter of fact, 31 classes will visit the library every week! With so many classes, we have two librarians this year. I am so excited to welcome Maggie Cramer as the kindergarten librarian this year. Mrs. Cramer comes to Shoreline from the Edmonds School District, and has a great deal of experience designing and implementing curriculum for all elementary-age students, as well as a love of reading and children’s literature. Mr. Mike returns as our library technician extraordinaire. I am entering my fourteenth year in the library, and my thirty-second year in education overall.
Nitty Gritty Information
In addition to visiting the library with their classes, students may visit on their own as their class schedules allow during the week. There is no student supervision in the library before school begins in the morning. Therefore, students may come to the library at 9:00 in the morning to return books or check out new ones before heading off to the classes.
After school, students may stop by the library to return or renew library books or check out new books. However, there is no student supervision in the library after school, so children are not allowed to stay in the library while they wait for parents to pick them up.
Parents are welcome to stay with their children in the library before and after school.
Parents can also check out books from the MP library. Please stop by at any time to set up accounts for yourselves.
As I do every year, I will run the Sasquatch and Young Readers Choice (YRC) chapter book award programs for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders, and the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book (WCCPB) award program for kindergarten, first, second, and third graders. Stay tuned for more information about these programs in upcoming newsletters, as well as on the library website.
We will have a one-day-wonder Scholastic Fall Book Fair on Tuesday, December 5th. This year’s theme is “Wild West Book Fair”
The Book Fair will run during the school day as well as the evening along with PTSA’s monthly meeting. Students will have a chance to preview the Book Fair on Friday, December 1st. It will be a fun event for everyone. The previous two years’ one-day book fairs were huge successes, as well as a lot of fun. Book fair profits benefit all MP students through the purchase of new books and the support of author visits and other literacy events.
If you would like to help out at the book fair by volunteering a few hours of your time, please let me know. My contact information is 206.393.4125 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Library Staff
Jenny Hillger, Teacher~Librarian, First – Sixth Grades
This is my 14th year in the Meridian Park library, the best place in the whole school! I am so lucky to know and work with every single MP student. My greatest joys come from introducing students to new books, authors, and genres of literature, as well as helping students learn how to use information and research their favorite topics. I am a huge fan of Greek mythology, as well as legends, fairy tales, mysteries, adventures, fantasies, historical fiction, and poetry. I also love books that make me laugh. Mo Willems, Patricia Wrede, Carl Hiaasen, Jennifer Holm, Avi, Rick Riordan, Ben Clanton, Bob Shea, Richard Peck, and Patricia Polacco are just a few of my favorite authors.
Maggie Cramer, Teacher-Librarian, Kindergarten
Maggie joins us this year to support the kindergarten program at Meridian Park. Maggie loves to read and teach, and has great knowledge and experience developing and implementing curriculum programs. We are so happy to welcome her to our team.
Mike Adams, Library Technician
I could not run the library without Mr. Mike, library technician. Mr. Mike has worked in the library since 1998 and he knows everything! If you have a question, he has the answer. He is also a professional musician.
I am in the process of creating new library webpages. You can find the library pages on the MP homepage. The pages include information about the MP library, policies, digital citizenship, best websites for students, book recommendations, and more.
What are MakerSpaces? A MakerSpace is a place where students (or adults) can gather to brainstorm, design, experiment, and create things. Sometimes a MakerSpace emphasizes computer programming, engineering, science, and mathematics. The big idea is people coming together to work together and support one another as they use their imagination and skills to make things. Other times, Last year, I dabbled in MakerSpaces with a couple of classes and held an after-school electrical circuits club. I want to expand upon this even more this year. Currently, I am looking for Legos and other kinds of connectable building blocks. If you have extra Legos that you no longer use, please consider donating them to the library.
If you have questions about the library, would like to set up your own library account, or would like to learn about our online library catalog, please stop by the library before or after school.
Jenny Hillger, MP Teacher~Librarian