The Adams Library is a space where students and families receive support in developing literacy, learning methods of gathering information and where teachers find resources to assist in curriculum development. We currently have a half-time librarian, Chris Oswald, on staff. 

About your Librarian

My name is Chris Oswald and I love working in the Adams Library!  I am particularly happy to see such supportive and energetic involvement from the community. I was a high school teacher for 10 years in the Issaquah school district and have spent the last two years as a librarian with the Seattle Public Library. I plan on using my past experience to invigorate the Adams Library curriculum and collection with some fresh ideas. This year I will continue to provide a comprehensive information literacy program for all grades, modernize the library collection and promote a love of reading in all students.

Library Catalog

Online Student Resources

Contact Info

Librarian: Chris Oswald
Phone: 206-252-1300

Grade Level Resources

Volunteers Needed!

Mr. Oswald is on the lookout for volunteers for tasks ranging from re shelving books to bigger projects like editing the catalog and bringing the collection up to date. Please contact him at if you are interested in helping out.

What's New in the Library

6/21 Summer Reading Bingo! Summer reading is an excellent way to keep skills sharp and to prevent the dreaded "summer slide". The Summer Reading Bingo activity is a fun tool to help students track their reading achievements. Students that hand in a completed Bingo card in the fall will get their name on the wall of fame and get a prize from Mr. Oswald. Additional cards can be printed by clicking the link below!

Summer Reading Bingo Card

Happy Reading!

September is Library Card Sign-up month!


Grade Level Resource Pages now Available!
Working on a class project and need to connect to resources for your topic? Curious about what kinds of research projects the other grade levels are working on? Come check out the new Grade Level Resources Section on the right side of this page! ------------------->

Click on the grade level you're interested in, and research away!

Put a book on HOLD!
Tired of waiting to get your hands on your favorite Calvin and Hobbes? Desperate to read the new Wimpy Kid? Put a book on hold. Here’s how it works: Tell Mr. Oswald what popular book you want and when that book is checked in Mr. Oswald will put it on the hold shelf. You will receive a Ready hold Notice in class. Bring the notice to Mr. Oswald and get your book. Easy Peasy! Holds are not available to students who have overdue books or outstanding fines.

Global Reading Challenge
Global Reading Challenge is a program that was started by the Seattle Public Library. ( All of Adams 4th and 5th grade classrooms participate. We can have a total of 10 teams with seven students on each of them. Teams are determined by the classroom teachers. There are ten Global Reading Challenge books. Ours have been generously donated by the Ballard Rotary Club. They have also provided books on CD if they are available. Each team member reads as many of the ten books as they can and at the end of February, there is an in-school “quiz- bowl” type competition. The team that scores the most points advances to the next level. This level competition is held at the downtown library where the Adams team competes against nine other Seattle Public school teams. There are two more levels of competition. For more information about the challenge and the books the students are reading, please visit the Seattle Public Library site.

Librarian Schedule

Mr. Oswald works full days on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and a half day (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) on Thursdays. During these scheduled times, the library is open to staff and students for library lessons and check out. Students may also independently return books and check out before and after school.

Library Visits and Checking Out Books

Library classes are every other week. Students check out books when they come to the library and, depending on grade level and class needs, these books may need to stay at school or may be able to go home. During the librarian's off days/times, the library is reserved for teachers to bring their classes in for extra projects or library time.

Technology Lab

The library-based technology lab has classes every day of the week. It is the library and technology-lab policy that student patrons will be supervised by Adams staff.

Favorite Author Websites

These are some fun websites by authors that Adams students love…

Dale Basye, Heck
Jan Brett, The Mitten
Dave Pilkey, Ricky Ricotta
Mary Pope Osbourne, Magic Tree House Series
Mo Willems, Knufflebunny
Linda Johns, Hannah West
Peter Brown, Chowder
Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson series
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter
Dr. Seuss,

Students love to read in the Adams Rain Garden

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