Purpose Statement

Academic Achievement for every student by ensuring that they are effective users of ideas and information.


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The BHS Summer Reading List pdf icon is a list of books recommend by the BHS Language Arts department and librarian Ms. Arthur, and has been complied for your summer reading pleasure. The grade-level groupings are our best estimate as to the texts' reading level. Feel free to challenge yourself and read a book from the next grade level. 
NOT FAKE NEWS! Students may check out books from the Ballard High School library over the summer!

You can find reviews/synopses for most (if not all) of the listed books at or 

Seattle Public Library

The Seattle Public Library is promoting their Book Bingo again this summer. Play to win fabulous prizes! Visit the Seattle Public Library website for additional information.

The library is on twitter!


Books - Find your next book to read

BHS Library Catalog
Your Next Read
YA Books Central
Teen Ink - Teen book reviews
Seattle Public Library's Teen page
New York Times Book Review
Barnes and Noble

Start Your Research

Quick Links to Databases

Access to these databases is automatic from school computers. For off-campus access see the librarian, or go to Password Information for Online Resources (requires SPS login)

Encyclopedias & General Reference


Newspapers, Magazines & Journals

Social Studies

Primary Sources

Web Links By Subject Matter

American History Mega Websites

Controversies & Issues


Country Information

CIA World Factbook

CultureGrams (SPS password required at home)



Class Projects

Science News Links

Business News


Library Catalog 
Online Student Resources
BHS Course Catalog pdf icon

Contact Info

Debora Arthur

Library Assistant
Lindi Wood

Phone: 206-252-1121
Main Office: 206-252-1000

7:45a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Mon-Thurs, 3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Quick Links to Search Engines

Quick Look-Up Sources

Area Libraries


Citation Quick Handouts [pdf] Coming soon

  • APA Style Guide to Electronic References (6th ed.)
  • APA Style Guide
  • Chicago Style Guide
  • MLA Style Guide

Citation Management

Plagiarism Information & Resources

Writing Tools & Resources

Library Handouts


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