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    More than Just an "Hour of Code" We'll all be exploring resources, and 3-5th graders will continue beyond an "Hour of Code" in self-paced learning modules introducing basic computer coding and computational thinking. Families are encouraged to ask and learn alongside your students. Stop by the library to learn more, together.

    The 2018 Global Reading Challenge has begun for 4-5th graders, preparing for a Tues Feb 6th "Battle of the Books" contest between 7 teams who will have read all 10 books provided by the Seattle Public Library 2018 GRC program. The winning team will represent our school at the Thurs March 1st Semi-Finals at the Central Library.  All participants will also go to the Central Library on Friday Jan 19th to hear Pickle author Kim Baker. A 2018 GRC Glog resource is linked here with practice questions, author info and book trailers.

    mother, child and red bagSPL has also provided KG students with red "Raising a Reader" book bags that go home on Wednesdays and come back every Monday. Three different English and Spanish language picture books give families a different home reading opportunity each week. 

    A robust $2500 addition of new books have come into our library thanks to the Northwest Literacy Foundation. Students have written thank you notes, but our real joy is seeing books headed home in students backpacks, being read, then having them come back for more! 

    In December, Author Stephanie Barden will visit Dearborn Park to share her books and love of libraries. Check out her Cinderella Jones chapter books, as well as the impact of the 5-year, $15K grant has made in our library. What's the best way to say thank you??? READ! 

    Bookmark the DPIS Glog as a great online resource for families to use with your students. . You'll find a changing array of resources all of them "Bookman approved."

    Book CoverIn January 2018 Antioch will bring author Charles Waters to our school for an assembly about his new book with Irene Latham. Books will be available for presale and signing. You can hear Charles read his poems
    Following the assembly Antioch students will do a follow up lessons with 3rd graders. The following week 4-5th graders will create poetry and a song with STYLE musicians in the following week. Check out their work at 

    Looking back, authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi visited in Nov 2017Korematsu book cover and presented Fred Korematsu Speaks Up to students and families.  Thanks to both the SCAChurch and Antioch University for their support in bringing the conversation to social justice to our community through this interesting book.

    Our library and information technology (LIT) program provides a unique environment for celebrating literacy and learning to use information effectively School LIT framework here. 

    At Dearborn Park, students visit the library each week to check out books and participate in whole-group lessons focusing on literature appreciation and information technology skills. Our librarian collaborates with teachers to ensure that all students are effective users and producers of ideas and information.

    Volunteers help keep our library program growing. Drop in help is  welcome, regular volunteers ROCK! Stop by or email Mr Seasholes. 

    Student reading a book

    Why Reading is Important?

    One thing that we all NEED to find time for is reading to our children for 30 minutes each day. According to the leading experts on this topic, here are the reasons why:

    • Children who read: succeed. The most significant part of a child's mental growth between the ages of three and seven is the ability to imagine. Books boost imagination. Our popular television culture degrades imagination.
    • After a tiring day nothing is more restful than reading with a child on your lap. Reading aloud offers a world of privacy, dignity, and love to both of you.