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    Week of June 11, 2018 | Ballard High School Library is ending the school year with nostalgia and storytelling.

    We all agree that stories give life more life so we have spent numerous days at feeder schools talking to incoming freshman about the Summer Beaver Readers List for 9th grade. We have sparked the imagination of students with the Summer Beaver Readers 10th grade list with new titles and hot topics. We have used our green screen to send messages about high school and the Beavers Two Cent's Worth Advice we wish we would have known.

    We have started Summer Staff Book Clubs (Homegoing and The New Jim Crow) to encourage dialogue about great books and important topics. We are eagerly awaiting our Summer Library Hours on July 19th and August 16th at BHS from 1-3 pm to exchange books, meet new Beavers, and talk about all the amazing stories we recommend.

    Please consider reading some of the stories on the lists with your child. Reading is a way to expand your mind, open your eyes, and fill up your heart and what better way than to start with asking, "What are you reading?"

    Teacher Librarian 
    TueD Chambers

    Week of June 4, 2018 | Ballard High School Library is a place for celebration. We continue to craft a strong Ballard community by developing an enhanced sense of belonging with festivities and acknowledgement of hard work.

    We had students who participated in Spilled Ink perform during lunches and the response was thunderous applause and appreciation. Students kept remarking how talented and brave people were to perform. We also celebrated our Students of the Quarter and John Library Book WinnerMcElearney was honored for reading 128 books this year. His love of reading is evident in everything he does at Ballard.

    We also celebrated the generosity of the Ballard PTSA by hosting an awards ceremony for outstanding volunteers and teaching staff who received the Golden Acorn award. We at BHS celebrate what we've accomplished but continue to raise the bar a little higher each time we succeed. We look forward to raising the bar together!

    Week of May 21, 2018 | Ballard High School Library
    is nurturing the reading lives of our busy students! We are all about emphasizing the functional and social value of reading.

    Students have been encouraged to follow their passions and learn more about 3D printing on by joining the 3D Printing Committee and reading about this disruptive Library 3D Printertechnology.

    Beaver Readers Summer Reading list comes out next week and we encourage all student to return overdue books (especially seniors for graduation) to find digital and audiobooks that feed their soul.

    We are holding digital and face-to-face book clubs over the summer with The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Follow us on Twitter @BeaverReaders to find out dates and locations. Remember in the words of Frank Serafini, " There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book."

    The Ballard High School library is in transformation mode!
    We have replaced the carpet, worked on connectivity and electricity, and we are now designing the space. We have been working with Shelly Stock of Stock & Associates and we are getting student feedLibrary Furniture Catalogsback on furniture, color swatches, and what makes the space more functional for learning. Students are trying out different configurations and giving feedback on furniture and interior design. As we take this time for rest and relaxation over break, students are encouraged to read as much as possible.


    #WhatAreYouReading- this is the question every person connected to Ballard High School should be discussing. We believe that the fastest way to connect with people and positively change the world is to discuss the books and stories that matter to us most. If you need any ideas for books to read or purchase please go to our Amazon or Queen Anne Book Company Wishlists.

    Amazon Wishlist

    Queen Anne Book Company Wishlist 

    We Won! Beaver Community!

    I am thrilled to announce that we won the $100,000 grant award from Farmer's Insurance! The award was unveiled at a faux assembly for 9th graders at the end of the school day today where Ms. Chambers was surprised by her family, district officials and representatives from Farmer's Insurance.  View Video!

    Structural work will take place and equipment will be received sometime in 2018 and we anticipate the Learning Commons being 100% transformed by the start of the 2019-20 school year.

    Thank you to every one who voted! Our community is the best and it is so, so clear that it is Always Great to be a Beaver!!   Keven Wynkoop

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