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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.

    B.F. Day Library

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    Welcome Back!

    • Classmates BookBF Day library classes have begun with K-3 classes enjoying the precautionary tale, We Don't Eat Our Classmates!, by Author and Illustrator, Ryan T. Higgins.

    • Library Committee Meetings: Our first meeting this year will be Thursday, 9/26 in the library. This a great way to learn about our library program, volunteer opportunities and share your own ideas for how we can enhance this valuable resource for our amazing students. Staff, parents, families, students all welcome! Future committee meetings will be scheduled on the 2nd Thursday of the month, starting at 2:45.
    • 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 when Mr. Hammer is in to create yours.

      *SPS school libraries do not charge late fees for overdue books. 

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

    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  

    Summer Reading at Seattle Public Library

    Christiane Woten, our local Seattle Public Librarian shared some great summer reads along with some highlights of SPL’s Summer of Learning program: Explore Your World! 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!

    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

    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