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    Makerspaces | Makerspaces are places where people with common interests can meet, socialize, and collaborate with readily-available materials that provoke inquiry and invention. Makerspaces use design, engineering, fabrication, art, and technology to connect to a global community of makers who learn, create, and drive innovation.

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    Thank you for supporting the Makerspace work in the library. Just this month we have engineered with littleBit robotic cars, unleashed our inner artists with table drawings, and designed our own "Ugly Holiday Sweaters" with both paper and props! We are all about community, inventing, and sharing ideas.

    #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 

    Ballard's VR Club (@bvrclub) brought Virtual Reality speakers Eva Hoerth and James Riggall to the library this week. Eva presented to students on the ethics around Virtual Reality design using psychology and neuroscience concepts. Students departed with the message, "As a VR creator, you're creating memories for strangers" and left with that weighty responsibility. James shared his journey of creating a Virtual Reality company with research, social good, and creativity as mantras. You can follow both presenters at @downtohoerth and @jamesriggall. 



    We won!  $100K Farmers Insurance Grant!

    -> Watch the awards ceremony video clip HERE!

     

    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.

    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




    Message from Ballard Librarian TuesD!
    November 20, 2017

    Ballard Parents and Guardians-   Thank you for all of your support and daily voting in October for the Dream Big Grant. Your determination to assist and champion the work we do at Ballard High School is outstanding.  

    You can continue to support the BHS library and your student in any of the following ways:

    1. Go to the 2017 Ballard HS Library Reading List on Amazon.com and donate to Ballard High School or visit Queen Anne Book Company Ballard HS Wish List!
      
    2. Follow the Ballard High School library on @BeaverReaders

    3. Volunteer to be on our Ballard Learning Commons Council (twice a month for an hour) by emailing your interest to tschambers@seattleschools.org

    4. Ask your student every chance you get, “What are you reading?” and Read to your student.

    5. Donate craft supplies to our "Ugly Holiday Sweater" Makerspace occurring Dec 7 and 15th in the BHS Library.

    Thank you for your continued enthusiasm and passion for transforming our library space into a Learning Commons.



    New! We encourage you to support Ballard High School and your student by reading.
     
    The Ballard High School library is launching the "What Are You Reading?" campaign for the month of December to encourage all students, parents, guardians and community members to read and ask one another about their reading.

    We know you can gain and share new knowledge when you read as well as instill a love of reading. Please talk to your student about being a part of the campaign and committing to reading. Many of you spent hours with your child in elementary school doing just that, demonstrating the importance of reading and sharing a bond over a good book- why not do that now?

    Ask every person you know, "What are you reading?" including your student.

     

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