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September 2020

A couple of things before I provide the same information that came out the Angels’ Angle today. First, we’re back in school!!! I really missed you guys and, while this online business is not ideal, I’m so happy that I’ll get to see your faces again. Whoohoooo! We are going to ROCK distance learning this year, I just know it!

Second, I’ve run a new list of available books from the library; you can find it HERE. Book checkout and returns begin on Tuesday, September 8th. We’ll be there from 2:30 to 4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Now here’s the Angle info: 

Welcome back to school, my well-read friends! I hope you had a restful and safe summer, and read some fun and interesting books along the way. I enjoyed seeing some of you at my summer library hours, and I’m ready to spend some great time with you this school year doing read-alouds, talking books, and getting to know each other all over again.

Did you do one of my summer reading challenges? I scheduled the challenge to be finished by September 4th but, because that’s a holiday, I’m pushing back the date to Thursday, September 10th. Take a picture of your completed challenge board and email me a copy at library@stalseattle.org. Make sure your name is on the challenge board! If you completed the challenge, you will receive a prize the next time you pick up library books from the school.

Speaking of library books… I will be hosting library book pickups and returns starting next week. We are having some technical difficulties getting our library system online so we will continue to use the same system we used over the summer. You’ll find those instructions on the Library page on the St. Al’s website, stalseattle.org/school/academics/library. I will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 4pm at the NW doors. And, I’m excited to announce that Ms. Gallagher and I will both be around on Tuesdays for “a book and a ball” checkouts for your library and PE needs! 

As soon as I can announce our online library, I’ll let you know. We excited that we’ll be able to offer you the opportunity to find and hold books from home soon; I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, let’s keep reading!

August 2020

How can it be August already? Or, maybe for some of us it’s more, thank goodness it’s finally August! In either case, that means my summer is almost over, although it has been somewhat of a working summer for me. But I think we can say that about most school staff across the country, can’t we?

Only 2 more summer library dates left! I will be at the school on August 12th and August 19th for those of you who would like to check out or return books – our regular hours are from 10am to 12pm and from 3pm to 5pm. Check out the catalog here – Library Catalog – and send me a list of what you’d like to read at library@stalseattle.org. Also, don’t forget about the middle school summer reading!

I’m super excited to announce that our library is going online by the end of this month! “What does this mean, Mrs. Murphy?”, you may ask. What it means is that, regardless if we are teaching in-person or virtually, all students will have the ability to search the library catalog, put books on hold, access online resources for research purposes, and more easily find related books based on author or theme. I’ll let you all know when we go live and how to access our newly-built virtual library!

I hope you’ve looked at our Summer Reading Challenge and have decided to give it a try. I do have prizes available for all who bring a completed challenge form to me the first week of school. If we are doing distance learning, I will accept a photo of the completed form in my Library Teams page. Don’t worry, I’ll speak to you all about it when school begins.

I miss you all and cannot wait until I see your faces next month! 

July 2020

Happy July, all! 

We’re sliding into the long summer days now and, unfortunately, many of us are not going very far from home this year. That just means more time for reading, am I right? Here’s your regular reminder that there are still several library access dates coming up (see June 2020 below) so be sure to stop by the school to check out some good books. Our library catalog will be updated this week and I’ve added a LOT of new books for the students’ reading enjoyment.

I’ll admit, this year has been challenging for me in a lot of ways but, let’s face it, I’m usually up for a good challenge sometimes. So that must mean it’s Summer Reading Challenge time!!!

This is super straightforward – just print the challenge pages for either primary or middle grades and have your student start reading (or continue reading, I hope). No access to a printer? Let me know and I’ll mail you a copy right away. And, if your 3rd or 4th grade student is tearing through the primary challenge it’s okay to take on the middle school bingo page instead. It’s supposed to be a challenge, it’s in the name! 

As always, let me know if you have questions: library@stalseattle.org

Summer Reading Challenge 2020 primary grades

Summer Reading Challenge 2020 middle school

June 2020

Hello everyone!

I hope you’re enjoying your first few weeks of summer and you’re all remaining safe and healthy as you adjust your schedules for the next few months.

I want to make sure your students have access to books this summer, especially with Seattle Public Libraries still closed. Let’s try to avoid the dreaded “summer slide”! To that end, I will host summer library hours so you may come by and check out books, at least until the public libraries open again or until school starts.

Summer library hours and dates: Summer library 2020

Here’s how this will work:

  1. Have your student take a look at the book list and decide which books he or she would like to check out: Library Catalog July 2020 (updated 7/8/2020). I will update this list as I add books to our catalog throughout the summer.
  2. Once you know which books your child wants to check out, email me at library@stalseattle.org with the following information: student name, name of the book, and book barcode (begins with T). This will help me pull books in advance. It’s okay if they don’t make a decision until you’re on your way or when you arrive.
  3. You will not be allowed into the school building yet, so we will have a check-out table at the NW doors during the hours we’re open. Come during our library hours to pick up books, figure out which books you want, or to drop off library books. Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing while you’re on school property.
  4. Only students enrolled for the school year 2020-21 are allowed to check out books. If your student has NOT yet returned their library books from 2019-20, please contact me right away.  
  5. Both 5/6 and 7/8 have required reading for the summer. I still have copies of each book (Soldier’s Heart for 7/8, and Bud, Not Buddy for 5/6) available to check out.
  6. The tentative schedule is above. I will put reminders/changes in the Angels’ Angle, on the parents’ Facebook page, and on the library Instagram page (@stalphonsus_reads).

I hope this is clear and easy to understand but it’s okay to contact me if you need further clarification, library@stalseattle.org.

Let’s keep our summer Lit(erature)!

Melissa Rodriguez-Murphy (aka Mrs. Murphy)


Quick & Easy Guide to Library Call Numbers (specific to St. Al’s library)

000 to 999.9 – NonFiction books (exception is 741.5 which is usually a graphic novel and, therefore, in our Graphic Novel section). Go to Dewey Decimal classifications for more information on how the books are classified.

BR or E – These indicate that the books are in our picture book area and are intended for our youngest students.[/spoiler]

Fic – Fiction, including young chapter readers, plus books that have been separated out for middle school or 7/8 students only. These are sorted alphabetically by the author’s last name.

REF – Reference books, which I usually don’t check out to anyone but give me a good reason and we’ll discuss.