About our B.F. Day Library
The purpose of the B.F. 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.
Seattle Public Library Resources
The Seattle Public Library offers some AMAZING resources for students. With the holidays approaching, the ability to check out audio and e-books can be a special treat. The Libby App can be downloaded onto your phone, iPad, home computer as an e-reader.
Here’s how to set it up your SPL account…visit the Seattle Public Library website at SPL.org and select on “my account.”
Your library link number is 990000 (four zeroes) followed by your student’s 7-digit ID number to create a 13-digit number. The PIN is the month and date of your child’s birthday, 2 digits for the month and 2 digits for the day. So, a birthday of November 7 would be a PIN of 1107. From there you have access to the library collection and an array of resources including these below. I haven’t yet investigated Tutor.com, but it appears Seattle Public School students have access to Free Tutoring through this site! If anyone wants to give it a try and report back, go for it!
- Libby App
- Download OverDrive’s Libby app for iOS or Android to check out e-books and e-audiobooks.
- BookFlix pairs over 135 animated stories with real-world concepts to help new readers improve their skills in English and Spanish. Animated stories and interactive games keep kids engaged and help build vocabulary. Access BookFlix for free with your Library card.
- Enjoy thousands of always-available digital comics and graphic novels in our Hoopla digital collection for free with your Library card. With Hoopla you can also access over 6,000 movies and TV shows, and 300,000 music albums.
- K – 12 students in Seattle can get free virtual tutoring from Tutor.com with a Library card or Library Link number.
From the Library January 2023
Greetings B.F. Day Readers! A huge thank you to everyone who fulfilled this month’s nonfiction wish list! We’ve been enjoying some truly beautiful new books.
There are over 40 4th and 5th graders participating in this year’s Global Reading Challenge! We will be meeting every Tuesday at lunch to discuss the 8 books until B.F. Day’s final competition on February 14. We are in need of some extra adults to help quiz teams for practice. Please check out the Signup Genius below and see if there’s a day you can stop by! Don’t worry, questions will be provided for you.
Reading with Mrs. P.
How do I help my child with phonemic awareness?
What is phonemic awareness? This is the ability to manipulate individual sounds. In essence, it’s knowing the word “dog” is made up of the individual sounds /d/ /o/ /g/. Phonemic awareness and letter-sound knowledge are the two biggest indicators of how well a child will learn to read in the first two years of school. If students learn to play with sound, and then learn that letters go with those sounds, they have a better foundation in learning to read!
Building phonemic awareness is all about playing with sound.
- Practice by….
- Saying the sounds in a simple word (/m/ /a/ /t/ for “mat,” /sh/ /o/ /p/ for “shop,”) and ask kids to put the sounds together to tell you the word.
- Do the opposite! Say a word, and have kids tell you the individual sounds in the word. Cash = /c/ /a/ /sh/.
- If kids struggle to do this out loud, you can use cars, figurines, coins, etc. to represent each sound.
- Have them move an object while saying each sound.
- Alternatively, kids can tap each sound by tapping a part of their arm or patting on their lap.
Having fun with sounds leads helps kids learn to read! ~ Mrs. Papineau
B.F. Day Library Recaps
How to Place a Book on Hold
Chinese, Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese translations available.
You already have your own account! Enjoy free access to carefully curated collections of e-books, animated picture books and non-fiction, as well as movies, graphic novels, research databases and much more.
Library Link is a partnership between The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Public Schools . It gives all K -12 students, teachers and staff access to SPL’s vast collection of online resources and books using their SPS student or teacher ID numbers — all SPS students and staff already have accounts created for them., You don’t need a SPL library card/account. Learn all about the wonders of Library Link
A reminder to handle our books with clean hands, keep books away from pets/babies, keep books away from liquids (including Seattle rain), and return books on time. Books may be checked out for two weeks and may be renewed if students would like more time with them.
Students have a rotating library schedule. Please check with your classroom teacher regarding which day(s) your child has library.
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.
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.
B.F. Day Library on Instagram
Our library Instagram page (@bfdayreaders) will be live soon and will have book reviews and updates about events for our students.
Parent Library Accounts
Yes, parents and guardians can create their own library accounts! Creating your own library account is a great way to support your child’s appetite for great books. Just stop by the library. *SPS school libraries do not charge late fees for overdue books.