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Students Please Return Your Books
by June 6, 2023

Stack of Books Return Your Books

Ballard HS students please return the books that you are finished reading to Ballard High School Library by June 6 to get ready for year end!

We LOVE to see students reading books they are excited about and just want to remind you to turn in books you have finished as well. 

Please let Ms.Chambers know if you have any questions at all at:  Thank you and HAPPY READING & RETURNING!

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Books, Textbooks and Laptops Checked Out To You

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Summer Beaver Readers List
Read S’More This Summer

Summer Beaver Reader List | Read S’More This Summer

Read books this summer and share your favorites with Ms. Chambers and your teachers in the Fall! Library Card Number is 990000 and Student ID (on ID card or at top of Source) and Pin is the month and day of your birth MMDD.

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Top Four Books Checked Out This Year!

Book Covers. Text: Heartstopper, Iron Widow, A good girl;s guide to murder, Scythe

Summer Book Bingo

Summer Bingo Card artwork. Person fishing, eyes , sun and bird

Every summer, the Seattle Arts and Lectures partners with The Seattle Public Library to create a Summer Book Bingo card as part of our free summer reading program. Adults 18 & up and Students 0-17 play along from May – September to be entered in a chance to win fabulous prizes.

Parents Thank You!
For Supporting Our DonorsChoose Projects

Globe, Books, Text: Every Donation Doubled Donors Choose Logo

What is DonorsChoose? DonorsChoose Mission: We make it easy for anyone to help a teacher in need, moving us closer to a nation where students in every community have the tools and experiences they need for a great education.

Welcome to Library Assistant Ms. Gaulin!

TuesD and Alana. Text: Thank you TuesD and Alana for ALL you do and stack of books and hanging hearts.

Hello everyone! I am Alana (she/her) and I’m originally from Pacifica, CA! It’s a beach town on the coast, about 10 miles south of San Francisco, famous for the dog surfing competition and the Taco Bell on the sand.

I moved to WA with my partner and golden retriever almost 2 years ago and am close to being done with my Masters in Library Science from UW. If you ask me about Winnie the Pooh, Disney, or Kelly Clarkson, I will have way too much information to share. I am super excited to be here at Ballard; come say hi! 

National Park Book Covers

Explore National Parks Through Reading

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National Parks

April School Library Month

School Libraries Empower Students with TuesD Chambers photo

April is School Library Month, highlighting the valuable roles librarians play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities. The district Celebrating School Librarians page recently shared a well-deserved compliment for Teacher-Librarian TuesD Chambers! “So happy to have so many staff members in the library encouraging students to use the resources,” she said. “We are very lucky to have our entire community there to work together in the space, building community.” ~ Ms. Chambers

Poetry posters on a pole in the BHS Library

Poetry Title List

Ms. Chambers has also put together a collection of 101 poetry titles in the library catalogPlease join with us in reading and reflecting on these powerful works of art as we take the time to celebrate words and phrases that shift our thinking and move our spirit.”

Check this Out from April & Watch for May!

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Book Cover Collage
Evergreen Teen Book Award Books 22-23

Teen Evergreen Book Awards

High School Evergreen Book List 22-23

March Women’s History Month

Text: Strong Female Leads with drawings of 2 women talking to each other against a purple background.

In honor of Women’s History Month and March 8 International Women’s Day: Every year on 8 March, International Women’s Day is celebrated to commemorate and honor women’s accomplishments, raise awareness about gender disparities and discrimination, as well as promote global support for women. Check out suggestions from Ms. Chambers’ curated Strong Female Leads and Real-Life Strong Women book collections on ballardlibrary.

March National Reading Month

TuesD with a book and making a heart with her hands

Did you know March is National Reading Month? And studies show that just like going for a run exercises your cardiovascular system, reading regularly improves memory function by giving your brain a good workout. So set aside some time to put down those devices and read as a family!

Parent/Guardian Volunteers also help our busy library continue to thrive, so please reach out to Ms. Chambers at if you want to learn more about supporting literacy at Ballard High School.

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Put Books On Hold & Homework Help

Ballard students you can put books and games on hold on the Library Catalog.

Need Homework Help?

We have tutors available! Stop by the Library! Subjects include Math, Science, Writing and College Essays! Tues & Thurs 3:40 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Seattle Public Library and

Students can also access for free online help with other subjects every day 2 – 10 p.m. online.

Ballard High School Library Tour

View the Library Curriculum Night Video and welcome to the Library!

Inspire Reading Donations

Would you like to inspire even more reading? Consider a donation to the Library Donors Choose and/or the BHS Book Drive through Amazon!

More Than Books: TuesD Chambers

At Ballard High School 2022, TuesD Chambers can barely contain her excitement.

TuesD Chambers BHS Librarian-Teacher

TuesD Chambers in Library

Her love for her role as teacher-librarian is evident throughout the library. She has made the room a place where students can connect. There is a room for arts and crafts, areas for clubs to gather, and spaces for classes to meet. 

“What I believe is with any library it has to be more than books,” she said. “Your library has to be the heart of the school for everyone.” 

When the pandemic forced schools to close for nearly a year, Chambers had to get creative to attract students to check out books.

She organized curbside book checkouts – but with a twist. Students with a green thumb could pick up plant starters. One check-out day had a pet parade, and another had a band playing. The excitement around the library continued once schools reopened.

With the help of students, she created a group called Library Leaders. The goal is to build a community where everyone can be included, even if they don’t like to read. “We’ve done everything from ‘Blind Date with Books’ to podcasts to playlists to decorating the library … I learned pretty quickly that a library can’t exist with just one person.” 

Like Robert, Chambers also spends the bulk of her day supporting classrooms. Her library opens early and is usually packed with students before she even arrives. Once school begins, Chambers will spend four or five periods a day co-teaching a class. “I’m constantly doing the things teachers don’t have time to do,” she said. “I’m supporting staff in a way that I hope makes their lives easier and makes it more seamless for students to get resources.” 

Chambers knows the value of her role as Ballard’s teacher-librarian and others throughout the district. She is proud of the way students have found their place and built a community in her library. 

“To me, this is the biggest classroom in the school.” Read full article on the SPS website.

BHS Appreciation Instagram Account

How to Submit an Appreciation Post | Follow These Steps

Email or DM the Appreciation @ballard_appreciation and include the following information. 

Step 1

Give us the name of the person you appreciate! It can be anyone that is part of our school community. If possible give us their Instagram @username so we can tag them in the post!

Step 2

Tell us a little bit about why you’re nominating them for the post. This doesn’t have to be a lot! Just a small “I appreciate so-and-so because they are very helpful when people need it” totally works!

Step 3 (optional)

Give us your Instagram @username. This is completely optional! This is so we can tag or mention you in the caption so your are alerted your nomination has been posted if you email use. Or, you can ask us to keep the nomination anonymous. 

Step 4 (optional)

Give us a background or design for the post. This is also completely optional. When you send us your nomination you can attach a photo of a background or design for the post. For more clarification, the background design used on our image above is the diagonal stripes. Otherwise the creator of the post will choose one.

Step 5

Send!   You can send us your nomination in two different places. The first is to DM us on our Instagram @ballard_appreciation. The second is to email us at Which ever is easier for you!

Thank you!

Congratulations To Ms Chambers!

2019 Washington State Teacher Librarian of the Year!

Visit the Washington Library Association website for more information and a complete list of 2019 WLA Award Winners!

Congratulations Principal Wynkoop!

Ballard High School Library is excited to share that Mr. Wynkoop has won Principal of the Year for Washington State Libraries! Mr. Wynkoop’s unwavering commitment to literacy and the library is evidence in the countless hours he spends in staff and student book clubs and the funding he provides for literacy and resources. His support of new technology (VR and AI) in recognition of the changing landscape of learning is profound and his co-leadership in the Digital Learning Instructional Innovation Cohort is noted and admired. We appreciate everything Mr. Wynkoop does to make the Ballard High School library the place we all want to be.

Beaver Community 2017-18!

I am thrilled to announce we won the $100,000 grant award from Farmer’s Insurance 2017-2018!

The award was unveiled at a faux assembly for 9th graders in 2017 where Ms. Chambers was surprised by her family, district officials and representatives from Farmer’s Insurance. Structural work will take place and equipment will be received sometime in 2018 and we anticipate the Learning Commons being 100% transformed during 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!

Thank You BHS Staff

Hands making a heard with hearts around it and BHS Library Loves You