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    B.F. Day Library Purpose Statement

    The purpose of the BF Day library program is to cultivate a love of reading and learning; whether for pleasure or knowledge, and to provide our students with the skills and strategies needed to become self-reliant and critical users of information.

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    Breaking News!

    SUMMER 2019

    Summer Reading Suggestions List 2019
    Compiled by the Northeast Seattle Public School Librarians. 

    Book It Arts & ED The Odyssey: An Exploration of Myth, Magic and MonstersBookIt Repertory Theatre performs The Odyssey, by Homer

    When: Thursday, June 20 9:00 - 9:45
    Where: BF Day gym
    Who: all classes, K-5, are invited along w/families
    Find out more info on the Book-It website

    The 2019 OTTER Award winner for BF Day and all of Washington state is …

    GAME OVER, SUPER RABBIT BOY! (PRESS START! Series, #1) by Thomas Flintham.Press Start Book Cover

    • Game Over, Super Rabbit Boy was the most popular OTTER title at BF Day this year.

    • 2,519 Washington state students selected it as their favorite.

    • Over 7,400 students across the state read and voted for their favorite OTTER award nominees!

    The 2019 Sasquatch Award winner for BF Day and Washington state is …

    A Night Divided Book CoverA Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen!

    • A Night Divided received the most votes cast by BF Day students.

    • 1,920 students across Washington state picked it as their favorite.

    • Wish by Barbara O'Connor and Ghost by Jason Reynolds tied for 2nd place at BF Day.

    • 11,644 Washington state students read and voted for their favorite Sasquatch Award 

    BF Day’s Sasquottowner Reading Challenge

    • Completed Challenge forms will be accepted up through Thursday, AM
    Our Reading Challenge Celebration will take place Thursday, June 20, 12:45-1:15 in the library. Volunteers welcome! 

    Summer Reading at Seattle Public Library

    Last Thursday Christiane Woten, our local Seattle Public Librarian visited to share great summer reads along w/some highlights of SPL’s Summer of Learning program: Explore Your World! All classes will meet in the library. SPL’s Summer of Learning link

    The votes are in for the 2019 Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award and BF Day students have chosen ...

    Woodpecker Cartoon with a waffleWoodpecker Wants a Waffle, by Steve Breen!

    The winning title received 76 votes out of 200 total votes cast by our K-3 students. Runners-up included: Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became A Hero, by Patricia McCormick (24 votes) and You Don't Want A Unicorn! by Ame Dyckman (21 votes). 

    Ask your child which one they voted for 😉! Statewide, the 2019 winner of the WCCPBA is The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, by Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex! 18,144 children voted for this title. 134,336 children in the state of Washington participated in this year's voting!


    May 2019

    2019 WWCPBA, OTTER and Sasquatch Awards voting has begun!Vote for your favorite stories to share Students at B.F. Day have been casting their votes for their favorite picture books fiction and non-fiction nominees over the past two weeks. Students must have read at least two titles in an award category to vote for that award. A popular complaint from B.F. Day voters: “It’s not easy to choose just one!”😉  Voting results for B.F. Day, SPS and Washington state will be announced as soon as all votes are tallied. Stay tuned!

    2019 NW book awards students are voting on:
    WCCPBA WA Children’s Choice Picture Book Award: K-3rd
    OTTER (Our Time to Enjoy Reading) Award: K-5
    Sasquatch Award (fiction) 4-5th
    The Towner award (non-fiction) 2-5th

    Otter Award, Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award, Sasquatch Award, The Towner Award

    April 2019

    Sasquottner Reading Challenge!
    This year at BF Day, we’re combining three awards categories, the Sasquatch, Towner and OTTER awards, into one hybrid reading challenge for all 3 – 5th grade students. (Links & descriptions of the three awards are below).

    Students are invited to read eight or more books from any of the nominee lists -- many students have already read quite a few! *4-5th graders must read at least one title from the Sasquatch list.

    There are Sasquottner Reading Challenge forms available in the library for students to track and review books they’ve read. Students will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite Sasquatch/OTTER books.

    Ice Cream Cone
    We will wrap up the challenge with a celebration

     and ice cream party for all qualifying
    participants on June 20!

    Three NW Children’s Book Awards

    Otter Awards (Our Time To Enjoy Reading) is a newer awards program aimed at middle-readers. Students have been introduced to the titles in the library and have been encouraged to read them, along w/this year’s Sasquatch Award titles.

    The Sasquatch Award Sponsored by the Washington Library Media Association, is given to a chapter book, sometimes non-fiction or graphic novel, written for grades 4 through 6. At BF Day, students in grades 4 & 5 are introduced to the twelve nominees in the fall, encouraged to read them and then vote for their favorites in the spring. The Seattle Public Library supports this program as well. Visit the Washington Library Association website for more information.

    The Towner Award The Towner Award is named after Bill Towner, longtime Seattle librarian and mentor to dozens of librarians. Bill was an outstanding teacher-librarian who worked with thousands of students from all backgrounds and taught all of them his love of literature. Nominees for this award are non-fiction titles selected by librarians across Washington state and are aimed at students in grades 2-6. Visit the Washington Library Association website for more details.

    Contact Information

    B.F. Day Librarian Reading To Students

    Librarian: Ken Hammer
    Phone: 206-252-6036

    Thursday & Friday:  Full Days
    Wed: 11:30 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.

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    Check Out Our Library Instagram Page!

    Our library Instagram page bfdaylibrary has reviews from our amazing and voracious readers. Does your kindergartner have a book they enjoyed? Is your 5th grader deeply invested in a new series? We want to hear about it! Whether it's a single sentence about why your kiddo recommends the book, or a full starred-review, this is a great way to share our love of reading with our fellow students. Send kid reviews to Happy reading!

    2019 WA Children’s Choice Picture Book AwardsOne Proud Penny Book Cover We are in the final weeks of reading this year’s nominees before students in K-3rd grades cast their votes! We’ve embarked on all sorts of literary adventures, from helping Charlotte the scientist find some “space”, to learning about the life and travels of an American penny, to finding out how to handle an infestation of Barbarians!

    Visit the WA Library Association website to find some fun activities you can share w/your child, based on this year nominees. The WA Children's Choice Award winner is selected annually by WA State's K-3 students. WCCPBA nominees are selected by WA state school librarians. This award is given through the WA Library Association School Division!

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    Lost or Damaged Materials 

    In the event that a library item has been lost or damaged beyond reasonable use, we ask that families PAY for the book or REPLACE it with a new or gently used copy. Most titles can be found at your favorite local bookstore or online vendor (e.g.

    We do our best to check the library shelves and talk with the student  prior to sending out a notice. Your support in helping your child return their library books so that others may enjoy them next year is essential and most appreciated. Should you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me. As I tell my students, "working as a team we can solve the problem." The best way to reach me is email:
    Thank you! Ken Hammer; Librarian