image of animals and title animal expert project resources

Animal Expert Project Resources

The following sites may be used to research your animal. As we gather more resources, specific animal sites may be added and organized alphabetically and including the Woodland Park Zoo exhibit in which they live. General On the following sites you will need to search the site to see if it has information about your animals.  Click to visit Online Student Resources and use the … Continue reading Animal Expert Project Resources

Hour of Code 2018

The Hour of Code™ learning event officially takes place during Computer Science in Education Week Dec. 3rd-7th 2018. “The ‘Hour of Code™’ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week [] and [] to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.” Check out these video introductions. More resources and tutorials can be found at the bottom of … Continue reading Hour of Code 2018

SPL Global Reading Challenge poster with book covers

Global Reading Challenge 2018-2019

Explore the books! Get the Permission from here! (.pdf)(Due Nov. 13th) This year, Decatur’s 4th and 5th graders have the option to participate in the Global Reading Challenge sponsored by Seattle Public Library! 4th and 5th grade students have already been introduced to the GRC when their class came to the library. In order to participate, students must return a permission form to the Decatur … Continue reading Global Reading Challenge 2018-2019

Peter Lerangis – Author Visit

The author, Peter Lerangis, will be speaking to 3rd-5th graders this month (9/26) as the 2nd book in his Max Tilt series was published this summer. You will take a little time today to explore his books and then answer a few survey questions. As you are learning about his books, think about what questions you might have for the author. 1. Choose ONE of … Continue reading Peter Lerangis – Author Visit

book fair details

Book Fair! May 10, 2018 6:30-7:30 pm

Book Fair -One Night Only- 5/10! Where: Decatur Elementary Library Partner: Phinney Books When:  Thursday, May 10th (Open House Night!) Open: 5:30pm-7:30pm I am excited to partner with a local bookstore, Phinney Books, this year for our book fair! The Decatur library receives a percentage of sales in bookstore credit, which is integral to keeping those new releases stocked in our library! Since you will … Continue reading Book Fair! May 10, 2018 6:30-7:30 pm

Soda Float 2018 image of nominees

It’s Time to Vote! 4th and 5th YRCA/Sasquatch/Towner Awards!

If you are in 4th or 5th grade, you may vote for your favorite book on the Young Reader’s Choice and Sasquatch lists!  You must have read at least TWO books from each list to vote. Voting closes on April 15th. The deadline for the Soda Float challenge of reading 6 books (at least 3 new ones) is Monday, April 30th, there is still time to … Continue reading It’s Time to Vote! 4th and 5th YRCA/Sasquatch/Towner Awards!

Mock Caldecott Award

The Caldecott medal “is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.” The Caldecott award winners  (and also the Newbery, Sibert, etc…) will be announced on Monday, Feb. 12th at 7AM PST.  You can watch the results live here or visit for more information. This year first … Continue reading Mock Caldecott Award