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    Purpose Statement

    The mission of the school library is to support students, families, staff and standards through information literacy and literacy skills instruction, reading advocacy and program management in an engaging, learning-focused, welcoming environment. READ! READ! READ! READ! READ!

    We aim to inspire reading and information gathering for pleasure and intellectual growth. A hub in the Beacon Hill International School community, we enthusiastically welcome all students, staff, and families.

    Beacon Hill International School Library's mission is to provide a place for the school community of students, staff, and families which will:

    • Encourage an appreciation for literature, reading, and libraries
    • Allow and encourage access to many forms of information
    • Support school staff in planning and teaching the curriculum


    All Fourth and Fifth Graders are encouraged to participate in the Seattle Public Library's Global Reading Challenge. The Global Reading Challenge will be held in our school library on Thursday, February 15th and teams of students will answer questions about ten selected books. The team with the most correct answers will go to the city semi-final at the downtown Seattle Public Library on Friday, March 2nd to represent our school.

    This year's ten selected books are:

    Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez

    Pickle: The (formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School by Kimberly Baker

    El Deafo by Cece Bell

    Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper

    It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

    The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

    Cleo Edison Oliver in Persuasion Power by Sundee Frazier

    Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

    Alvin Ho Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters by Lenore Look

    A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

    Refreshing School Libraries Grant

    Our library has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Washington State Library! We will use these monies to buy new nonfiction books and replace our well-loved, well-worn treasurers for our library, A big thank you to Washington State Libraries.

    Donors Choose

    Our library has received two grants from Donors Choose on grants to replace our well-loved books"Trashed Treasures" and our high-interest, can't keep on the shelves, "Graphic Novel Grab" - totaling over $1,100! Our students have written thank you notes to our generous donors.

    Daily Library News

    We are open for families and students to check out every day before and after school. Books are generally due in one week, but students may check in/out books each day before and after school.

    Please encourage your child to use the library. Ask them what they checked out, help them bring books back in a timely manner, and of course, read with them and set up time for them to read to themselves.

    Class check out times are as follows:

    Monday: C-1 (am), D-1 (am), B-2 (am), E-2 (am)

    Tuesday: C-3 (am), D-3 (am), B-1 (am), K-2 (pm), A-2 (pm)

    Wednesday: Global Leadership Team

    Thursday: C-2 (am), E-1 (am), K-1 (pm), A-1 (pm)

    Friday: D-2 (am), B-2 (am), E-3 (am), A-3 (pm), K-3 (pm)

    Kindergarteners – 1 book
    1st Graders – 2 books
    2nd Graders – 3 book
    3rd Graders – 4 books
    4th Graders – 5 books
    5th Graders – 6 books
    Families – 5 books at a time

    Donations Accepted!

    We welcome any books that your family has outgrown or would love to share with our school community or if your child wants to trade a book they may use our “Trading Tower” where children trade books that they have outgrown.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Beacon Hill International School Library has over 14,000 books, and receives hundreds of new books and other materials each year. This adds up to a lot of work! Ms. Thompson is always looking for volunteers for these tasks.

    • Shelving - the easiest and most needed form of help. You can schedule a regular day to help, or just drop in and shelve a few minutes when you are in the building.
    • Special Projects- If you'd rather help by coming in once and a while to do something else this is a choice as well. You could stamp or cover new materials, take pictures for our library wall, or help organize the library.

    If you are interested in any of these please drop by the library, email or call 252-2712.