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Keep Your Readers Ahead of the “Summer Slide”

Although off to a late start, summer’s finally upon us, which means it’s time for Bryant Library’s annual Summer Reading Bingo. If your student did not receive a form, click here to print from home. We designed our Bingo to encourage readers to reach broadly–break out of the tried and true–and beat “summer slide.”

Literacy experts note that summer slide, the loss of learning, occurs when students are out of the school habit. For a little more information, click here. Fortunately, reading, in all its shapes and forms, can help students maintain those sharp noggins! Reading to self, reading with someone else, being read to, or listening to audio books are all ways to stay ahead.

Be sure to click on our RESOURCES tab on this webpage for summer reading suggestions and more. Enjoy summer and READ!


Mysterious Benaltabe Society Dines With Movers and Shakers

On May 16, our winning Global Reading Challenge team, The Mysterious Benaltabe Society, attended a celebratory lunch. Also attending, Marcellus Turner, Executive Director and Chief Librarian of Seattle Public Library; Amy Lawson, Executive Assistant of SPL; Molly Montogue, Curriculum Specialist for Seattle Public Schools; and our own Julie Pearson and Dan Sanger.

The Mysterious Benaltabe Society won this year’s Global Reading Challenge in Seattle, rising to the top of over 400 teams around the city. These savvy, team-minded fifth graders include Alex B., Charlotte C., Justin D., Clara M.Z, Djuna N., and Kian R. Congratulations, readers!


Bryant’s High Flyin’ Readers

These 3rd-5th graders have completed their Library Passports, marking their explorations of the far reaches of the Bryant library shelves. Congratulations, Bryant super readers!

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Three Bryant Students Win U Book Store’s 32nd Annual Bookmark Contest!

Our partners at University Book Store have just announced three Bryant students won in different divisions of their annual bookmark contest with the theme “Read & Take Flight.” Our winners are: First grader Cooper A.; Third grader Adam B.; and Fourth grader Zia D.H. We heartily congratulate them and all the Bryant students who submitted bookmarks… we had over 100 entries!

Cooper, Adam, and Zia will have their artwork featured on bookmarks available all year at any of the University Book Store locations. Way to go, Hawks!

Happy New School Year!

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year. I’m excited to see both familiar and new faces at Bryant and look forward to serving you as teacher-librarian. Although working hard over the summer to review new books and other materials so that our Hawks’ brains will soar, I did take time to travel and explore with my family. During my first visit to Paris, I made frequent stops at famous American Bookstore, Shakespeare and Company. Of course, any bookstore with a friendly cat immediately wins me over. Also compelling, their sign reading: “Open door, open book, open mind, open heart.”

As we respond to events happening in our school, community, and world, I’m reminded of how much reading contributes to our empathy and capacity to respond to each other with compassion and kindness. So, I’m going to borrow this wonderful motto for this year and beyond, as we open our minds and hearts together.

A School of Readers

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