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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.