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    Adams Library

    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.

    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 , have a Masters degree in Library Science and and worked for two years as a librarian with the Seattle Public Library. This year I will continue to provide a comprehensive information literacy program for all grades, support classroom curriculum, and promote a love of reading in all students.

    What's New in the Library

    Experience the "Wonders of Weird" with Kelly Milner Halls on Tuesday, December 12. Kelly is author of such Adams Favorites as Tales of the Cryptids. From the author's website:

    "I am a children's writer specializing in all things weird and wonderful and the critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate the evidence. My school visits explore those quirky topics and reliable research skills.  My goal? To empowers kids and to celebrate what makes us all unique."

    Read more about the wild and weird world of Kelly Milner Halls at her website.

    2018 OTTER Award

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    The Otter Award – Our Time To Enjoy Reading – is sponsored by the Washington Library Association. Otter Award books are chosen for 2nd and 3rd grade students making the exciting transition to chapter books. To encourage participation there will be prizes for participants!

    Every time a student will reads a book they will receive a raffle ticket.  The grand prizes includes passes to MOPOP and family tickets for an Argosy Harbor cruise!

    Young Readers' Choice Pacific Northwest Library Association logo

    2018 Young Readers Choice Award

    The YRCA was created by the Pacific Northwest Library Association and is the oldest children's choice award in America. The goal of YRCA is to connect middle grade readers with quality fiction. Students who participate will be able to vote for their favorite title in April.

    More about the YRC titles!

    Every time a student will reads a book they will receive a raffle ticket.  The grand prizes includes passes to MOPOP and family tickets for an Argosy Harbor cruise!

    IMac maker space coming soon! Stayed tuned for details!


    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

    The library is open every morning at 8:35.  Students are welcome to visit before the day begins to work on projects, finish homework, or relax with a good read. Come on by and say hi to Mr. Oswald! 

    Library Check Out Policy

    Library classes are every 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. Students with late books will not be allowed to check out new books.  Book that are more than two weeks overdue will be marked lost and parents will receive a notice with information on how to replace the lost book.  

    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

    Library Catalog

    Online Student Resources

    Contact Info

    Librarian: Chris Oswald
    Phone: 206-252-1300

    Grade Level Resources