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2022 Summer Library News

Keep reading to find out about checking out books for the summer, reading suggestions in all genres, what donations are accepted, the new library TikTok account @ecksteinlibrary, a snapshot of the library during 2021-2022, free audiobooks to OWN for the summer, and Seattle Public Library Summer of Learning and digital public library cards for all students!

Eckstein Library will check out books to students during the summer, including incoming 5th graders! Current Eckstein students can place books on hold by searching for the books below, logging in with their school account they use on school laptops, and clicking place hold. Go to the library catalog. Incoming 5th graders can put a hold with their current librarian or email Ms. Sterling at emsterling@seattleschools.org.

Eckstein library catalog

Reading Suggestions

Eckstein Library Book Suggestions by Genre

A note about reading at the middle school level:

Middle school is a wonderful age to be a reader. Children’s and young adult publishing is at the highest it’s ever been and the quality is superb.

There is literally a great book for everyone!

Books published as children’s literature or middle grade literature tend to be books I could recommend to kids in elementary school and up, which does not mean that there is not a wide variation within that category or that they are written at a much lower level but rather that the content is accessible for all. Books published as young adult literature sometimes have more mature content and situations, such as language, romantic/sexual relationships, violence, or difficult issues facing teens. Every student and every family is different. Contact the librarian Erin Sterling at emsterling@seattleschools.org if you want help choosing the right book for you!

Scroll through to find a book for you based on what you love.

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Loved the book Unbroken? Try these nonfiction books
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2022-2023 Donations!

Spring cleaning? Consider donating some of these items needed for the Eckstein Library MakerSpace (including crafts and games), furniture, or popular books!

Sign Up!

Drop off at main office with Eckstein Library noted on the box or email Ms. Sterling at emsterling@seattleschools.org.

Eckstein Library now has a TikTok account in addition to Instagram!

Follow @ecksteinlibrary on TikTok and Instagram for book suggestions and more!

2021-2022 Eckstein Library Stats

Snapshot of Eckstein Library 2021-2022

top 10 titles this year

1167 new books added 2021-2022!

total checkouts by grade level:

8th grade: 21%
7th grade 36%
6th grade 43%

total checkouts this year: 15,058

What did students like to read:

most read to least read
fiction > graphic novels > non fiction > biographies

diverse titles in the collection 48%

Eagles Read

Eagles Read are 50 book titles in a diverse range of interests selected by Ms. Sterling! Earn a button for every book you read, be entered in random drawings for prizes, and participate in discussions with students and staff through the year.

When you’ve read an Eagles Read book, fill out the form

Library Link

Visit the Seattle Public Library’s Online Resources via the LINK program!

  • Your library barcode: 990000 + Student ID #
    • found on the Source
  • Your library pin: birthday (mmdd)
    • example January 2 = 0102

Take a look at:

  • Libby: for ebooks, audiobooks and more
  • Hoopla: Comics
  • Flipster: free magazines
  • LinkedIn Learning: video tutorials on everything from programming languages to video editing to graphic design and more

Audiobook Sync: free audiobooks to OWN for the summer!

Sign-up to get free audiobooks to read. Every week, 2 new audiobooks are available. You need to sign up and use the free Sora app.

Audiobook Sync - 2 free books every week of the summer

Seattle Public Library Summer of Learning!

Check out the Seattle Public Library’s Summer of Learning for fun events as well as a way to earn prizes!

Seattle Public Library Summer of Learning

Reading Dare

What’s going to get you excited about reading? Try one of the options linked here or shown below!

Interesting Links

Need resources for learning at home or online? Check these out!

Favorite Authors and Illustrators Share Favorite Resources – there are a bunch of videos of authors with cool lessons from learning how to draw a Chinese dragon from Grace Lin to a maker activity with a class pet theme from Megan Frazer Blakemore to a mini writing exercise from writer Paula Chase and lots more! 

37 Free Online Resources – there are lots of online resources that normally cost money to schools/teachers that are offering their services for free. Below are a few I’ve highlighted!

Seattle Public Library Online Resources – these are ALWAYS available and all students have a digital library card: 990000 followed by your 7-digit student ID # and your pin is 4-digit MMDD (ex: 0102 would be January 2nd birthday). The physical library may be closed so check out these online resources! 


Try these sites to get reading suggestions:


Looking for databases? (CultureGrams, WorldBook, Novelist, etc.)

Online Student Resources

Note: You need a username and PW to access these from home. On the Schoology library page, find the username and password or talk to Ms. Sterling!


Looking for Schoology?

Schoology

Note: Schoology is the new tool that will allow students to save files, post discussions, contact teachers, upload links for classes and is accessible anywhere there’s internet! The Eckstein Library’s Schoology page has book trailers, podcasts/videos, and interesting links.


Looking for eBooks?

sign-in with your username and password.

eBooks

Seattle Public Library Online Resources

*Note: To use your school library card to access these resources, your library card is 990000 followed by your student ID#. Your pin is your birthdate in MMDD format. For example, Jan 2 = 0102.

freegal music
rb digital
libby
lynda.com online training cources
hoople comics, movies, music


Resource Links

Alternative Sources to Google

Ancient World

Art

Artist Portfolios

Use for artists:

Civics

Civil Rights

Computer Science

Copyright Free

Digital Storytelling

Geology

GLBT Resources

Great Book Websites

Needs login, talk to Ms. Sterling

Grit videos

History

Use in Chrome or Firefox!

Use in Chrome or Firefox!

Use code DPBJRK and create an account!

Use in Chrome or Firefox

Infographics – create your own!

Interesting

Managing and Organizing Information

Math

Media Sharing

Mesopotamia

Research

Science

Science Fair

Science Fair – Diseases

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

>Typing Practice

Paleontology

World Geography

WEB Day Wednesday August 25! 

Keep an eye out for more information about WEB Day on Wednesday, August 25th, 2021! WEB stands for Where Everybody Belongs and it’s a chance for 6th graders to meet with student leaders and students from different elementary schools for team-building, fun, and an intro to Eckstein.

     

    Librarian Erin Sterling

    Contact Info
    Librarian: Erin Sterling
    emsterling@seattleschools.org
    Phone: 206-252-5078
    Main Office: 206-252-5010

    Eckstein Social Media Accounts

    Purpose Statement

    The Eckstein library‘s mission is to create a sophisticated 21st century learning environment that offers a full range of print and electronic resources that provide equal learning opportunities to all students. The library is a place of opportunity that offers students access to a collection of classic and contemporary print and electronic resources, as well as the chance to explore technology that they can integrate into their learning.