Ballard High School

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Welcome to the BHS Library

What’s Happening in the BHS Library?

Parent Volunteers Needed on Mondays!

Bookshelves

Parent! Guardians! Can you help out on a Monday?

Our fabulous teacher-librarian TuesD Chambers is desperately looking for a weekly parent/guardian volunteer on Monday mornings!

Sign up for this needed position. Thank you!


Welcome Capstone Students – Bringing Creativity and Collaboration

Welcome University of Washington Capstone students to the BHS Library MakerSpace! Connor, Emma and Anna! They are thrilled to announce the reopening of the BHS Library MakerSpace, a hub for creativity, collaboration, and community-building! Look for flyers around Ballard HS announcing projects and activities in the BHS Library MakerSpace.

Current Project & Activity List

  • Ongoing crafts in the BHS Library MakerSpace.
    • Stop By & Check It Out Today!

Library Clubs Information

Reading Buddies to 1st Graders Online

Beaver Reading a Book.
Collage of BHS Students reading books to Elementary Students via Teams

Reading Buddies meet at 8:10 a.m.

The group reads picture books to first-grade students from Magnolia Elementary. Beaver Reader Reading Buddies earn Service Learning hours as well and read to Elementary Students. They read online in the library Book Club Room. Questions? Email tschambers@seattleschools.org

Clubs That Meet at Lunch

  • Library Leaders meet on Mondays. Service hours available.
  • That Dam Book Club meets every other Tuesday. Students meet in the Makerspace and can read whatever they want and talk about it.
  • Comic Book Club meets on Wednesdays in Mr. Lee’s classroom.
  • 3D Printing Club and Architecture Club meet Wednesdays in the Library.
  • Garment Club meet Thursdays in Ms. Carlson’s room using Library Makerspace sewing machines.
  • Reading Buddies meet at 8:10 a.m. Fridays to read picture books online to first grade students at Magnolia Elementary.
  • Pride Book Club meets every other Friday.

Ballard HS Clubs

Clubs are a great way to get involved. Ballard HS has over 75 clubs available for students! If you can’t find a Club that fits your interests, start your own!


Math Tutor Available

Open notebook and pen.
  • Where: Ballard High School Library
  • When: Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Running Start students stop by and sign up
  • Who: Volunteer community members offering free, in person tutoring.
  • How: Just drop into the library after school — or, to guarantee a 20-minute session, put your name on the sign-up sheet at the library Reference Desk ahead of time.

Peter Seitel 

Peter Seitel

Peter has been a long-time Ballard HS tutor and is looking forward to the new school year. He had a career as a Geologist and Geophysicist before becoming an IT consultant and small business owner. He is available to assist students with all Math courses- from Algebra to AP Calculus and first year Physics. He can also assist with ACT or SAT practice. 


Parent Volunteers in the Library Always Needed and Appreciated

Jen Wenrick Volunteer in Library

The BHS Library and Librarian TuesD Chambers appreciates all the PTSA Volunteer support and help in the library to help all students! Thank you Ballard HS Parents/Guardians you are the best!

Parent Volunteers in the BHS Library by shelves of supplies.

Parent volunteers are needed to help in the Ballard Library by signing up for regular weekly shifts during the school day. This is a great opportunity for parents who are able and interested to come 2 hours a week at the same time each week. Help our fantastic librarian Ms. Chambers with checking in books, book displays, re-shelving and other special projects! Questions? Email Ms. Chambers; tschambers@seattleschools.org

Library Parent Volunteer making book covers.

Please note that SPS requires all volunteers to complete their volunteer approval process before you can volunteer.

Complete the forms needed on our Volunteer Paperwork page and email us if you have any questions at all at to Jen Wenrick and Joy Das Gupta volunteer.ballardhs@gmail.com  Thank you!


Hang Out & Read in the Library

Students reading in the BHS library.

More Than Books: TuesD Chambers

At Ballard High School, 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.

Welcome Ms. Bowman!

TuesD Chambers and Britta Bowman

Ms. Bowman is the Library Assistant and Ms. Chambers is very excited to welcome her to the Ballard High School Library!

Britta has over 18 years of experience working in and with K-8 schools. She started as a parent volunteer when her daughter was in kindergarten and since then, has held various PTA leadership positions and spent many years tutoring elementary students in math. Prior to working in the BHS library, she was the registrar/administrative secretary at Salmon Bay K-8 school for six years. Working with students, staff and school communities brings much joy these past 18 years. She strongly believes in supporting all students in their educational and social/emotional needs and goals. When not working in the library, she spends time hiking in the PNW, gardening, reading, knitting and road tripping. 

Talisman Article with Library Assistant Ms. Bowman!

Britta Bowman

From the Nov. 8, 2023 Talisman Student School Newspaper article: If you have been visiting the library lately you may have noticed a new face checking out books and helping out students: Britta Bowman, the new library assistant. She helps out in the library, assisting students in finding books, checking out books, assisting students in any other ways they may need, as well as serving the community. “I have always liked books,” Assistant Librarian Bowman said. “When I was little, everybody in my family were big readers, so I would find if we were together as a family, that nobody would talk to me because they were all reading, so I (knew I) better start reading a book.”

Bowman also loves helping people and the library gives her a space to do this. “My favorite part about my job is probably interacting with the students and helping them find a book that they’re looking for,” Bowman said. “It’s nice to be surrounded by books of all kinds especially genres that I’m not familiar with ….” Read Talisman Staff Reporter Phoenix E. full story. Photo by Talisman photographer Tansy V.

Students! Service Learning Hours Available!

Students have earned Community Service Learning hours for:

  • shelving books, processing books
  • fixing shelves
  • doing computer maintenance
  • reading to 2nd grade students for Reading Buddies
  • organizing our Makerspace
  • creating online tutorials,
  • making scrolling PowerPoint
  • Makerspace craft, projects for lunchtime, make book displays, weed books
  • create book posters on Adobespark
  • create Rubik’s Cube murals
  • read first chapters aloud for Youtube channel and Schoology
  • theme Picture Books, clean the library, and create Book Collections on Ballard High School Library

Reach out to Ms Chambers at tschambers@seattleschools.org for specific details. Visit the BHS Service Learning page for school information and forms.

Students! View your Account For Books, Textbooks and Laptops Checked Out To You

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! Seattle Public 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.

Ballard HS Library Virtual Tour


Take the BHS Library Survey!

Let us know how you would like to get involve, what do you like to do. How the library can support you in your search for happiness. Take the BHS Library Survey Today!


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. Download a Book Bingo Card

Student Resources

Explore National Parks Through Reading

National Park Book Covers

Check these out!

Visit our National Parks reference page.

High School Evergreen Book List 22-23

View the book winners and more Congratulations and details on the Evergreen Book Award site.

Seattle Public Library & Tutor.com

Students have access to a feature with Seattle Public Libraries called Tutor.com that will read students’ papers, help with math questions, and tutor on multiple subjects.

Learn more on the Student Support page.

Parent/Guardian Volunteers 

Parent Volunteers in the Library

Parent/Guardians help our busy library continue to thrive, so please reach out to Ms. Chambers at tschambers@seattleschools.org.

We have lots of ways you can learn more about supporting literacy and students at Ballard High School.

Parents Thank You! 
For Supporting Our DonorsChoose Projects

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