The Mary Cooper Library promotes and manages a variety of different literacy-related events and activities. Here is information about some of our most visible projects.
Author visits and other presentations
Each year, we host authors of children’s books who present great perspective to our kids on all manner of topics, not the least of which is reading! In the past several years we have hosted Gordon Korman, Mac Barnett, Tom Lichtenheld, Paul Owen Lewis, Matt Holm, N.D. Wilson, Kyle Bolton, Barney Saltzburg, Lauren Trashis among others, as well as Book It On Tour productions of The Phantom Tollbooth, Thank You, Mr. Falker, A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, and Flora and Ulysses.
Global Reading Challenge
Seattle Public Library sponsors the Global Reading Challenge with Seattle Public Schools. After being on a wait list for many years, we were able to enter the Challenge in 2015-16. Fourth and fifth graders read up to ten books from a pre-selected list and work with a team to learn the books backwards and forwards. A quiz-game style event is held and regional winners go to the All-City Global Reading Challenge at the Central Library downtown. The Thornton Creek Book Thieves team WON the All City Global Reading Challenge 2016!
Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award
During library time, Ginny uses many of the picture books selected for the annual Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award to teach reading and comprehension skills, and as jumping-off points for discussion and information technology skills. In April, students in K-3 will vote on their favorite books, along with tens of thousands of kids around the state.
Soda float books (Sasquatch Award and Young Readers Choice Award books)
Getting kids to read a variety of fiction in our upper grades is the goal of this program. The Sasquatch Award and the Young Readers Choice Award are student choice book awards sponsored by the Washington Library Media Association and the Pacific Northwest Library Association. The two lists are combined to a total of 20. Students in fourth and fifth grade who read at least 12 of the 20 are invited to a soda float party (yep, that’s root beer or orange crush and ice cream!) after spring break.
Hour of Code
Computer programming or coding are important 21st century skills. In 2015, our school began participating in the Hour of Code event. During a week in December, all students in our school will have a chance to try out coding in a relatively structured environment as part of their library time. It’s a great way to introduce children to a skill that will be very useful to them as they grow and learn.
Book fairs are fundraisers for our library, but they are also an opportunity to celebrate reading and have fun! During our fall event at the University Book Store at the University of Washington, events are planned to draw the community together at the fair. We have had such activities as Edible Books Festivals, Poetry Slams, magic shows, crafts, book talks, author talks, and more. Our spring book fair is from the Secret Garden Book Shop in Ballard. During this week-long event, students get to have fun on Dress Up as a Book Character Day.