About the library

The goal of the Thornton Creek Library and information literacy skills program is to ensure that our students are:

  • Effective users of information and ideas
  • Critical evaluators of information
  • Avid, proficient readers
  • Lifelong learners
  • Self-reliant learners
  • Informed, responsible world citizens

Ginny Allemann, teacher-librarian

Picture of Librarian Ginny Allemann

Ginny has called Thornton Creek home since it was “AEII at Decatur.” Since 2006 she has been happily helping find the the right book for every student she can and the right student for every great book! Before coming to Thornton Creek, Ginny was teacher-librarian at Salmon Bay K-8 (Seattle Public School) ever since it was “Coho-NOMS.”

A Washington native (east side), Ginny studied at the University of Washington (French and English) and taught high school French for several years before attaining her master's degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Washington (when it was not yet the iSchool!). When not working at the library, Ginny enjoys being with her family, reading narrative nonfiction and historical fiction, backpacking, skiing, running, and getting enthusiastic about planning other people’s vacations.

Volunteers

Our library relies on volunteers to run smoothly. With 23 classes per week, our library is a busy place, and the volunteers who come weekly or more frequently ensure that books are checked in and shelved properly. Without them, everything would grind to a halt and we’d be buried in books! We have many volunteers who also do projects at home— everything from organizing and managing parent-run book fairs to processing new materials for cataloging, covering books, making signs, and more. Some parent volunteers also help by acting as an assistant during their child’s library time. With scarce funding for support staff, volunteers really help make our library a great place to be.

Funding

Our library materials budget is funded almost exclusively by the Thornton Creek Parent Group. The parent group allots funds for materials. Our parent group runs two book fairs every year (usually with the University Book Store in the fall and Secret Garden Book Shop in the spring) which account for about 45% of our total library budget. Ginny has written and received a number of small grants over the years and continues to build our collection in this way. If you would like to donate books, please check with Ginny about our specific needs.

Expedition resources

Our library provides many of the print resources that our classes need for their expeditions. Online resources for various expeditions are also easily accessible from this website.

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