About our B.F. Day Library

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Mrs. P.

For those of you new to the B.F. Day Family, welcome! My name is Jaimee Papineau (most students call me “Mrs. P.”) and I am a Reading Support Teacher and Librarian for our wonderful community. This will be my 13 year at B.F. Day, and 24th year (gulp) in education!

I am in my second year of librarianship, with the goal of creating a warm, welcoming, supportive space for all students and families. The library is a place to learn more about ourselves, grow in our empathy for others, and expand our ability to be critical and informed thinkers. I can’t wait to share my enthusiasm for learning and reading with our students. My goal is to help nurture truly joyful and lifelong readers.

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.


A Note from the Library

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Congratulations Summer Readers! Today we honored our 24 hours of reading participants! Together, we read 1,128 hours! Wowza! Wonderful job B.F. Day Readers! 

September Library Wishlist

Each month I will share a new wish list for the B.F. Day Library! Last year, we showed love to our nonfiction section. This year, our lists will focus on books to support content learning in classrooms. I am happy to announce this month’s area is our social- emotional learning curriculum, Second Step. The wish list includes books suggested in the curriculum for teachers to use to enhance their instruction. Thanks for loving our library! Check out the Wish List!

Library Days

No more guessing which day is your library day! Here’s the schedule for this year: 

  • Tuesdays: Sawyer, Mathan
  • Wednesdays: Anderson, Steel, Smith, 5th grade
  • Thursdays: Sidhu, Berlin, Noreng, Strand, Riepe
  • Fridays: Ms. Elizabeth, Ferrel, Tetrick, Hanna

*books can always be returned before or after school

Other Community Resources

Wa State Children’s Choice Book Award Nominations 22-23

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collage of book titles: The Mysterious Sea Bunny, Fluffy McWhiskers, Sloth & Squirrel in a Pickle and Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess

Students in grades K-3 enjoyed titles off the Washington State Children’s Choice Book Award nomination list.

The full list can be seen on the WLA website.

The Towner Award was voted on by 2nd – 5th graders. This is an award recognizing Washington State’s favorite nonfiction title.

B.F. Day Caldecott Winners 22-23

Book Covers: Knight Owl with boy knight and Hot Dog with dog

The winner of our first-ever B.F. Day Caldecott (“The Sunny”) goes to…. Knight Owl

We LOVED this book!

The Caldecott committee actually awarded this book a Caldecott Honor, so it will now be published with a silver medal!

The actual Caldecott winner this year is B.F. Day’s runner-up…Hot Dog. We all agree the illustrations are amazing…we certainly felt as hot as the dog!

Reading with Mrs. P.

How do I help my child with phonemic awareness?

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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

Seattle Public Library Resources

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The Seattle Public Library offers some AMAZING resources for students. 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 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, 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!

SPL Resources

  • Libby App
    • Download OverDrive’s Libby app for iOS or Android to check out e-books and e-audiobooks. 
  • BookFlix
    • 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.
  • Hoopla
    • 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 with a Library card or Library Link number. 

How to Place a Book on Hold

SPS Video & Flyer instructions for placing a book hold

Chinese, Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese translations available.

Library Link

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


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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.

Coming Soon! 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.