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Our library program helps students:

use information wisely,

think critically,

read enthusiastically,

research skillfully and

produce content ethically

In addition, we provide reading materials in over fifteen home languages, as well as bilingual texts and high-interest and high-quality reading support for beginning English readers.

Finally, we have a special mission of closing technological gaps to ensure our students have global, national, and local access to reliable information and support.

Here are a few examples of ways our collection supports students and teachers.

Language Arts

picture of a book with the words HiLo collection

Hi-Lo Beginning Readers

image of books with the words bilingual pairs

 Bilingual Pairs

image of headphones over books and the words ebooks and audiobooks

 E-books and Audiobooks

Science

Social Studies

Ready for FREE e-books, audiobooks, movies, music, tutoring and MORE? 

You will need two things: your student ID number (found on the Source) and your birthday!

Here we go!

What can you access?

ADA compliant and video enriched guide to the Seattle Public Library and Seattle Public Schools partnership .

blue icon that reads Hoopla

Hoopla is a digital media service available through the  SPL Library Link program for secondary students. You can borrow movies, graphic novels, music and comics and ebooks in multiple languages. Useful as an enrichment resource for personal language development and general literacy.

How to access Hoopla:

Download the app from Google Play Store (Android) or App Store (iPhone) or visit:

https://www.hoopladigital.com/

If you have an email, you can create a personal account. If you don’t, you can use a generic one such as sws@sws.com, password: sws202020.

Then, you must link your virtual library card ( scroll down for instructions ).

red and blue icon of a girl hiding behind a book

Libby is a digital media service available through the  SPL Library Link program for secondary students. It provides thousands of ebooks and audiobooks in multiple languages, and includes translated interfaces in Spanish, Chinese and several other languages. Useful as an enrichment resources for personal language development and general literacy.

How to access Libby:

Download the app from Google Play Store (Android) or AppStore (iPhone) or visit:

https://www.overdrive.com/explore

To link your library card, you need to search for Seattle Public Library when prompted.  It must be Seattle and not King County, since our partnership is only with Seattle. 

Then, you must link your virtual library card ( scroll down for instructions ).

capital M in multiple colors with the word Mango at the bottom

Mango is an online language learning service available through the  SPL Library Link program for secondary students. It provides self-paced English instruction in several different languages.  Useful for personal language development.

How to access Mango:

Download the app from Google Play Store (Android) or App Store (iPhone)

If you have an email, you can create a personal account. If you don’t, you can use a generic one such as sws@sws.com, password: sws202020.

You will be prompted to subscribe.  Look instead for the option to “find free Mango.”

Then you must enter your virtual library card information, described below.

Your virtual library card information (see also the video at the top of this page):

Your card number is: 

For students: 990000 (four zeroes) followed by your 7-digit student ID number

Example: If your student ID is 1234567, your library card is 9900001234567

For teachers: 991 followed by two to four zeroes, followed by your employee ID number to create a 13 digit number.

Your PIN is:

For students: The month and day of your birthday in a four digit format: MMDD

Example: If your birthday is the 8th of July, your PIN is 0708. 

Month goes FIRST.  Add a zero to your month and day if they are single digits.

If you were born in a region where birthdays are not always recorded, such as Ethiopia or Eritrea, your PIN is 0101.

For teachers: Your PIN is the last four digits of your employee ID number.

For teachers shifting to distance learning, a mindfulness perspective.

The following resources are proven ELL tools within our school and district for instruction and enrichment.

Instruction

icon of BrainPop

BrainPoP is an animated educational site on most academic subjects geared toward multiple ages. Due to Covid-19, it is free for the remainder of the year.

BrainPop

tags: district approved, elementary, secondary, math, language arts, science, social studies, music, health, engineering and tech 

icon of a book that reads Common Lit

CommonLit is a free collection of reading passages in fiction and nonfiction genres geared toward students ages 3-12. Most useful for ELA but possibly helpful for other subjects depending on the topic.

CommonLit

tags: elementary, secondary, language arts 

green and yellow icon that reads IXL

IXL is a subscription-based learning site that offers personalized learning in math and language arts.  Teachers can create classes of students and track their progress.  Students can use this on their phones via an app as well as computers. IXL is currently not offering its content for free during Covid-19 but your school may have a subscription.

IXL

tags: not free, district-approved, math, language arts, virtual classroom

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Newsela is an instructional content platform that is not ADA compliant as a direct student resource, but valuable for teachers seeking ELA specific content. Provides leveled resources on a variety of current issues and topics. Free during Covid-19.

Newsela

tags: elementary, secondary, social studies, science, language arts

Nearpod is a student engagement platform that allows you to create interactive lesson plans, build assessments and games, sort of like PowerPoint on steroids.  Our teachers have found Nearpod to be an excellent distance learning tool for all students regardless of literacy levels.  Highly customizable, SWS may have a school subscription soon.  In the meantime, free accounts are available.

tags: science, social studies, ELL, ELA, beginners, secondary, free

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PebbleGo is a subscription database offered through Seattle Public Schools online student resource portal. Provides both simple text and read alouds on a variety of academic subjects, arranged in a highly visual and picture based format.  Useful for beginning ELLs.  It is located in the elementary portal.

To access as a teacher, make sure you are logged in with your directory ID and password.  To access as a student, you must get the username and password. Please email me at sgjohnson@seattleschools.org if you do not know it or let your teacher know and I will pass it on to them.

tags: district-supported, science, social studies, language arts, civics, art, elementary, beginners, ELL

blue icon of a cloud with the word remind

Remind is the only district-approved app based texting platform for secure communications among teachers, students and families. If you have having trouble connecting with your students one-on-one via email, this option is a possibility.  Available as an app download from the Google Play Store (Android) or the App Store (iPhone).

tags: communication, phones, families, students, secondary

Talking Points is just like Remind except that it is multilingual. Each family can text a teacher (whose private number is protected) in home language, which is then automatically translated into the teacher’s home language.  It works both via app and SMS.  Available as an app download, also has a web interface.  Ability to set “away” hours for boundaries.

tags: communication, phones, families, students *not yet district approved but pending


Enrichment

ADA compliant and video enriched guide to the Seattle Public Library and Seattle Public Schools partnership.

How do I…

For students 

For teachers

Thank you for thinking of our students!  We are always looking for new and culturally appropriate materials for our students.  Here are some of our exciting projects!

1. A wishlist of books, housed on Amazon but able to purchase through Estelita’s Library and Third Place Books as well.  Materials can be sent to: Sarah Johnson, Librarian Seattle World School1700 E Union St Seattle, WA 98122

2. We’re building a MAKERSPACE!  Here are some ideas to support:

  • Bulk Order KiwiCrates of any kind, in batches of 10 or more, that we will put to use in all of our STEAM curriculum and classrooms.
  • Sewing materials (machines, fabrics, threads, sundries)
  • 3-D printers (please message me to discuss – we have to have particular models approved)
  • Legos
  • Robots
  • Crafting supplies (pipe cleaners, puffs, sequins, tissue paper)
  • And more!