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    The goals of the Arbor Heights School Library Program are to:

    • Foster a love of reading in students.
    • Teach library, information literacy, and digital citizenship skills that equip students to effectively access, evaluate and use print and digital information.
    • Provide and manage resources that support students, staff, and families.

    In the library, students are introduced to engaging, informative material through the use of interactive read-alouds and technology. Each class has 35 minutes of library time per week, which includes a lesson and check-out time. Lessons focus on location, access, and evaluation of resources, as well as the support of reading skills, strategies, and curriculum that are being taught in the classroom.

    Arbor Heights Library Expectations

    Arbor Heights Students SOAR in the library by:

    • Using strategies to solve small problems.
    • Staying focused on their learning
    • Respecting others with their actions and words.
    • Using library materials and resources responsibly.
    • Using the appropriate volume for their activity.

    Check-out Expectations

    Kindergarten – 1 book (choice book)
    1st Grade – 2 books (“just right” book and choice book)
    2nd-5th Grade – 4 books (“just right” books and choice books)

    Paying for Lost/Damaged Library Books

    Students with an overdue book will not be allowed to check out until the missing book is returned or paid for. Lost or damaged books can be paid for by check or exact cash in the library. Checks should be made out to Arbor Heights Elementary. Students may also replace the missing or damaged book with the same title or another new or gently used book. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Lindow at

    Choosing a “Just Right” or “Good Fit” Book

    In the library, students use the I PICK method to help them choose a “just right” or “good fit” book.
    I is for I choose
    P is for Purpose: Why do I want to read?
    I is for Interest: Does it interest me?
    C is for Comprehend: Do I understand it?
    K is for Know: Do I know most of the words?

    Searching Library Catalog for Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Books

    Students and families can also search the library catalog for books with specific Fountas and Pinnell levels. To search for books at a particular level from home, click on the link to the library catalog on the upper right of this page. This should open to the library search page. Next, type in the word "level" and then the Fountas and Pinnell level you are searching for. For example, type in: level J. Finally, click the ‘subject’ option to search by subject. The list of results should include books at the level you searched for. This level is listed at the bottom of each results record under ‘Fountas and Pinnell’. You can also click on the ‘resource lists’ tab on the left of the library search page, then click on the ‘public lists’ tab to see lists of books at individual levels.

    Global Reading Challenge

    Many of our 4th & 5th-grade students participate in the Global Reading Challenge (GRC), a reading event sponsored by Seattle Public Library (SPL). Participating students read 10 books selected by SPL librarians and form teams with other students from their school. Teams face off to answer questions about the books in an in-school challenge. The winning team from the school moves on to the semi-finals.

    Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award (WCCPBA)

    Each year, Arbor Heights’ primary-grade students participate in voting for the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award. Titles are nominated by Washington Library Media Association Members, and from the nominations, 20 finalists are selected. Students from around the state of Washington vote for their favorite title and the winner is announced in April. We read many of the nominated books aloud during library time, and all are available in the library for check out.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteers are always appreciated. If you are interested in volunteering on a regular or one-time basis, please contact our librarian Jessica Lindow at



    Jessica Lindow, Librarian
    Library Phone: 206-252-9259

    Library Hours

    11:30 a.m. - 2:25 p.m.
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
    7:55 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

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