Greetings from the Meridian Park Library Media Center!
Welcome to the 2018 – 2019 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 have Maggie Cramer as the kindergarten librarian this year. Mrs. Cramer has a great love of reading and children’s literature.
Please welcome Jake Kreutzer as our new library technician. He will be with us this fall while Sarah McElligott completes her elementary teaching internship at Echo Lake Elementary. Mr. K brings a great deal of experience to the position. His first career was in computer science, and his second career was in law.
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 3rd. This year’s theme is “Arctic Adventure 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 Monday, December 2nd. It will be a fun event for everyone. The previous four 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 16th 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 is in her third year as 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 she is back with us this year.
Jake Kreutzer, Library Technician
We could not run the library without an amazing library technician. Jake Kreutzer, our newest library team member, is here this fall, filling in for Sarah McElligott
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. Over the past three years, we have built up our MakerSpace program through generous grants from MP PTSA and the Shoreline Foundation. With grant funds, we hae purchased Ozobots, circuitry materials, cardboard creation materials, and many different kinds of building materials. We are always looking for Legos and other kinds of building materials. If you have extra Legos, PlayMags, Tinkertoys,Lincoln Logs, etc., 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