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8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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Monday through Friday
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
What we do
At St. Thomas School Library and Media Center, we provide the following services and programs:
- General orientation to print resources
General orientation to online resources
- Project-based research instruction
- One-on-one research services (F2F, online)
- Annual Book Fair
- Global Reading Challenge (aka Battle of the Books)
- Middle School Book Club
- Library Contests
- Reader's Advisory
- Reading Challenges
- Support for Summer Reading
Our partners include:
- King County Library System
- Island Books
- Mockingbird Books
- Secret Garden Books
- University Bookstore
When and Where Do the STS Global Reading Challenge Participants Meet?
Starting on November 2017:
Wednesdays, St. Thomas School Main Library, 3:00 to 3:30 p.m.
What is the Global Reading Challenge?
The Global Reading Challenge is King County Library System's "Battle of the Books" style program that encourages Fourth and Fifth graders to work together on teams and challenge other schools to correctly answer questions about six selected books. One of the ways that parents can help is to read one or more of the books listed below and create a list of questions (with answers and page numbers) for the students to answer during team practice. The questions are often unique and about miscellaneous items that occur in the book. Think trivia! You may check these books out via the King County Library System (KCLS). Please let us know if you are interested in reading one or more these books and compiling questions for our Global Reading Challenge teams - Dr. Alpha DeLap, the STS teacher-librarian for grades two through eight, can add you to our Global Reading Challenge "group" on the STS website so that you are able to post questions online for our teams. Sign-up begins in September 2017. Next year's books will be announced in October 2017.
The 2016 Reading Challenge ended on December 31, 2016. Our 2017 Reading Challenge starts on June 1, 2017!
Questions? Please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will provide participating students membership in our online book discussion board via Bookopolis (a web-based community of young readers ages 7 through 12).
Reading Challenge Lists
STS Library Reading Challenge - Coming Soon!
STS Library Reading Challenge - Year of the Author
Texas Bluebonnet Book List
Texas Lone Star List
Texas Tejas (Bilingual Fiction) List
Texas 2x2 List (for ages 3 to 6)
Oregon Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award List
Washington Middle Grade Book
Coming in December 2017!
University Book Store offers a great selection of books, Husky gear, gifts, games, stationary and supplies for school, art or office. Twenty-five percent of total sales is given back to the St. Thomas School Library. Mention St. Thomas Book Fair to a cashier when you shop at the Bellevue store. If you shop online at ubookstore.com, use the promo code "STS" during checkout. Free shipping with orders over $20.
Amazon Smile Benefits STS Library
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to St. Thomas School's library whenever you shop on smile.amazon.com. You'll find the same low prices, selection and shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that your purchase will also benefit STS. Read the FAQ regarding AmazonSmile for more information.
Donate Your Used Books!
It's time to make room on your bookshelves for the new Book Fair books. Donate any gently used children's books for our annual used book collection. Used books may be placed on the donation cart in the STS lobby. Book Fair volunteers will collect these books and give them to a local family service agency. Any children's books in good condition are welcome. These include picture, chapter, middle grade, and young adult books. Last year, STS families donated 866 used books to Friends of the Youth. Thank you for your donation!
PAJAMA DAY AND D.E.A.R.
Extend your weekend and stay in your pajamas. We are launching Book Fair in our pajamas – the perfect attire for a school-wide “DEAR” time (DropEverything And Read) on Monday afternoon. If students choose not to wear their pajamas to school, they will need to wear their school uniform.
Onsite Cashier, All Day
We invite staff, faculty, and parents to come upstairs to the main library to purchase books when it is convenient, the cashier will be here all day. You can purchase onsite and take the books home with you. No order forms and no waiting for the books to arrive.
University Book Store offers a great selection of books, Husky gear, gifts, games, stationary and supplies for school, art or office. Twenty-five percent of total sales is given back to the St. Thomas School Library. Mention St. Thomas Book Fair to a cashier if you shop at the store. If you shop online at ubookstore.com, use the promo code "STS" during checkout. Free shipping on orders over $20.
Used Book Collection- If you are making room on your shelves for new Book Fair books and would like to donate any gently used children's and young adult books, please drop off at the donation cart in the STS lobby. Parent volunteers will collect these books and give them to a local family services agency.
Best Books Lists
MS Genre of the Month
Meeting Date: May 25, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Open to all STS Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Graders
Book-A-Day-Almanac - book recommendations and events around the world
Fusenews - a School Library Journal blog written by youth materials specialist, Elizabeth Bird
Graphite - a website hosted by Common Sense Media that reviews apps,websites and online games for kids.
GuysRead - a website founded by author and First National Ambassador of Young People's Literature, Jon Scieszka
Little eLit - a website and organization dedicated to the mindful integration of digital technologies within early learning environments to encourage literacy and community connection.
Nancy Atwell's Book Recommendations (Kid-Generated)
Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast - includes interviews with authors, writers and illustrators
TeachingBooks.Net- a subscription-based portal featuring carefully curated videos and other materials related to authors, writers, and illustrators.