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Ballard Families and Caregivers

March 9, 2022 –

BHS Library Bring Books Back on March 12 2-5pm

Beaver Readers –

We are inviting everyone to return their overdue books and supplies to Ballard this Saturday from 2-5 pm. We will be accepting any overdue books, uniforms, old computers, and even materials from other schools.

Please bring everything to the bike rack by the library and we will get items off your account.

Check out the Ballard Performing Arts Goodwill Drive too and drop off donations at the same time!

See you soon Beavers!
Ms. Chambers

Ballard Families, Caregivers, and Students- 

You are receiving this notice because you have one or more items overdue or lost. If you have lost the item, please go to SchoolPay to pay for the item. If it is a book and you need to renew it, let us know. If you need to return the item you can do so outside the library in the drop bin, or inside the library from 8-4:45 pm Monday through Thursday, or 8-4 on Fridays. We have HUNDREDS of holds pending and missing books are impacting classes. Please return your books this week! 

If you have a (  ) on your notice that means we owe you a refund. You can donate the refund to the Ballard High School Library, or we can start the reimbursement process. Please let us know how you would like to proceed. 

We will also be hosting a Bring Back Your Books Bonanza on Saturday, March 12th from 2-5 pm at the same time our Performing Arts program is hosting a Goodwill Donation Trailer. Can’t convince your child to bring back their books- EASY- you can stop by the school and drop off books and any surplus school materials. 

If you have any questions, please email tschambers@seattleschools.org 

Thank you- 

Ms. Chambers 

BHS Librarian 


Ballard Families –

January 10, 2022 – Thank you so much for all you have been doing to support your child. Every time we think it can’t get any more topsy-turvy it does, and still, you show up to support your child and make the very best of things. It really has taken all of us working together and we just want you to know we appreciate you and all your efforts. 

The Ballard High School library owes you a debt of gratitude. Without your considerable support, we wouldn’t be able to provide the literacy and community opportunities we do. We have book clubs and community service available daily, the library remains open before AND after school, and we have so many new books in students’ hands that we have THE highest high school circulation stats in the district. We did that together! 

Please congratulate your child on a semester’s worth of work and remind them to stop by the library, we always love to see them! If there is ANYTHING the library can do to support you, please let us know.  

We know we couldn’t do this without you, and we feel very lucky to be at Ballard High School. We have the best job in the world. 

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Much reading love,

Ms. Chambers 
Ballard High School Librarian

This email message was sent via SchoolMessenger to Ballard HS Families on Jan 10, 2022. If you did not receive this email please check your profile in SchoolMessenger as well as your spam folder. Email Ms Chambers at tschambers@seattleschools.org if you have any questions at all.


Previous Letters from the Librarian

Dear Ballard Families

Library Celebration, Books, and Feedback

As we end our first quarter the BHS library is so very grateful to you.   

We have just received news that we have checked out more books than any other high school in the district!! YAY! 

Oct 21 WOW F: 935, S:493, J:143 S: 141 WOW

This is fantastic news and speaks to the support and value our community and your child place in the library. We couldn’t do this without your continued generosity. If they have any overdue books, please ask them to return them so we can continue our streak and get good books into students’ hands! 

We are finding ways to support your student academically and socially. The BHS Library Program Support page on Schoology has a calendar filled with opportunities. 

We have everything from:

  • Beaver Book Club
  • PRIDE Book Club
  • Library Leaders
  • Reading Buddies
  • Comic Book Club
  • And students can earn Service Learning Hours too with projects connected with the library! 

We have activities almost every day and many include community service hours.

As Beaver Readers we always want students to feel welcome in the space. Please ask your child if they go to the library, what books they are reading, if there is something they would like available they don’t find there currently, and if there is anything we can do to make it better. 

The Ballard High School Library is THEIR library and we firmly believe that because of them it is the best place in the school to be. Your feedback and suggestions will continue to help others. 

In the meantime, please check our catalog or any of the helpful links below:  

Please reach out to me if your student needs anything specific from the library. We truly believe our library exists beyond four walls and anything we can do to make our time together better we will try.  

Take care of yourselves and know that your student is the best part of our day. Our students make it all worthwhile.  

Much reading love,

Ms. Chambers 
BHS Librarian

Reminder! Your students should return books as well as soon as they finish them so we can get them back into circulation! Thank you!

Beaver Reader Families and Students,

We hope the start of the year has given you hope for what is to come. As we return to school we have found even the smallest things we took for granted in the past, now create such joy, and we are grateful. At the Ballard High School Library, we are trying to connect all our members, including parents, grandparents, guardians, and community members. 

Have you tried to place a book, game, or weaving kit on hold at Ballard High School library? This could be hours of entertainment with your family. We deliver holds weekly and unlike Amazon WE ARE FREE! 

Have you looked at all the clubs in the library your student can join? 

  • We have Beaver Book Club with Mr. Wynkoop (reading Monday’s Not Coming), 
  • PRIDE Book Club (reading Juliet Takes a Breath), 
  • Comic Book Club (reading Spider-Man/Deadpool: Isn’t it Bromantic?), 
  • 3D Printing Club, Library Leaders, 
  • Reading Buddies with 2nd-grade students at Magnolia Elementary. 

There is something for everyone in the library!

We know that this won’t always be the way things are, we are safely getting back to using the library as before, but, in the meantime, we really do hope to make things better together. 

We have daily events in the library, community service hours available, free math tutoring Mon, Wed, and Fri from 8-8:30 am, and opportunities daily for checking in and problem-solving. 

Please go to the Library Program Support Page on Schoology to learn more and feel free to email me, tschambers@seattleschools.org 

We are stronger together,

Ms. Chambers 
BHS Librarian