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    Purpose Statement

    The mission of the school library is to support students, families, staff and standards through information literacy and literacy skills instruction, reading advocacy and program management in an engaging, learning-focused, welcoming environment that promotes life-long learning.


    I am Mr. McNew and am the library media specialist at Leschi Elementary School. I have a passion for learning and books. To that end, I plan to provide a rich curriculum of information literary skills that will help our students to succeed and excel as 21st century learners. With our Kindergartners through 3rd graders we will participate in the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award readings; 3rd through 5th graders: in the Sasquatch Award Nominees. They will learn research skills, and library skills as well. Included in this year, students will participate in events such as the Global Reading Challenge as we partner with Seattle Public Library. The 4th and 5th graders will participate in their yearly Challenge!

    Today’s technology advances quickly and we will continue include programs such as coding in our learning goals along with the Common Core learning standards for technology.


    They won!!! The Reading Rockets tied for 1st place with Orca Elementary at the Global Reading Challenge Finals. Concluding with another Lightening Round.

    They will get to visit with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray for their win. The author of Brendan Buckley’s Universe was there tonight and signed a book for each of the kids.

    Thank you teachers and staff who came tonight. Thank you also for helping with the students’ preparation these past months and supporting them as well.

    The kids were surrounded by picture takers including the paper afterward. Kiana said it was like being around paparazzi!

    Members of the Leschi Reading Rockets:

    1. Erica Bieber (Room 307)
    2. Tali Brown (Room 307)
    3. Kiana Gladney (Room 310)
    4. Amanda Kang (Room 301) – Team Captain
    5. Sincere Kirvin (Room 302)
    6. Said Osman (Room 301)
    7. R’Queen Rolax (Room 310)

    Congratulations and thanks go to all of the other 9 teams of Global Reading Challenge Readers, and Douglass-Truth’s Librarian Ms. Mynique Adams. A HUGE thank you to Ms. Wilson, Ms. Deese, Ms. St. Clair, Ms.Staab, and Ms. Behrend for their leadership, participation, and support for GRC.


    Library Due Dates: Library materials may be checked out for up to two weeks. However, many students choose to check out during their weekly library class visit

    Library Fines: Thank you for being responsible for the materials that you check out of our library. Students and staff are not charged for late titles.  Yet,patrons with overdue or damaged books may not check out additional materials until the materials are returned back to the library. Materials that are significantly overdue will need to be converted to a fine which the family can pay or replace with the same title or pre-determined substitute titles. Unfortunately there is no process for refunds of fines due to district financial policies which do not enable us to maintain a petty cash fund.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteers at Leschi Elementary Library provide the support that helps the library meet the learning needs of our students. We need the much appreciated contribution of our volunteers. If you would like to volunteer at Leschi Elementary’s library, please contact Kevin McNew at

    Thank you so much for your help!


    Librarian: Kevin McNew
    Phone: 206-252-295

    Online Student Resources
    Leschi Library Catalog