Educator Newsletter – January 2024

Happy New Year! In the January 2024 Sno-Isle Libraries Educator Newsletter, you’ll find resources for Black History Month, details about our teen book review program, winter booklists, and much more!  


Resource Spotlight  

Sno-Isle Libraries has digital resources to support teaching and learning during Black History Month and beyond. Here are a few to get started!

Black Freedom Struggle by ProQuest is an excellent resource to browse primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history. The goal of the collection is to imbue the study of Black history with a deeper understanding of the humanity of people who have pursued the quest for freedom, and the significance of movements like Black Lives Matter.

Woman typing on a laptop, Foundation Center

Gale in Context: Biography and Gale in Context: U.S. History are databases with a similar look and feel that offer in-depth profiles on specific people and credible articles about historical events and time periods. 

World Book Timelines allows users to view, create, and share timelines of important periods and movements, spanning the arts, history, science, and more. Timelines include dates, images, and brief explanations of events. 

These resources are free with a library card or student account. Reach out to your local library to learn more


Book Reviews = Volunteer Hours 

The library wants to hear from teen readers! Teens can submit online book recommendations to earn volunteer hours with Sno-Isle Libraries and to be posted on our website.

Each review should be 2-3 sentences and include:
1) what the book is about and
2) why you like and recommend it.

Two completed reviews equal one hour of volunteering or community service. Teens may submit up to ten reviews each school year.


Printers & Copiers at the Library  

Print jobs can even be submitted remotely through our website, and library staff will prep them for pick up at a local community library. Contact-free pickup is available, too. Check out Computers & Printing for more information. 

Do your students need to print pictures for a research assignment or make copies for a group project? Sno-Isle Libraries is the place to go! With a library card or student account, students get $7.00 of printing credit to use each week. This credit can be used toward black and white or color prints and copies in various paper sizes. 


Brrr... Winter Booklists

Winter Activities to Ease Boredom: These books are filled with indoor and outdoor activities to keep young minds and bodies busy over the cold winter months. 

Snow Days: Sometimes it seems like winter storms happen when you least expect them! Enjoy these fun stories about kids who make the most out of snowy weather. 

Ice Cold Fantasy: It may be cold outside, but you can stay warm and cozy inside as you read these books for teens set in wintry fantasy worlds.


Upcoming Educator Workshops 

Library Resources for Research 
Thursday, January 18, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Library Support for ELL Students 
Tuesday, February 13, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Building Your Classroom Library 
Tuesday, March 19, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM  


Subscribe to this newsletter by signing up here.