Educator Newsletter: September 2021

New for Back to School

Sno-Isle Libraries is excited to offer new resources for educators, just in time for the 2021-22 year.

School Support

Use our new school support form to request help from our libraries including in-person or virtual class visits to share library resources or homework help tools, booklists to support curriculum units, information tables at family events, and more. You may have a need or idea but aren’t sure what a partnership with the library might look like. We want to know about that too.

Educator Resource Workshops

Online Sno-Isle Educator Resource Workshops to learn how our resources for students and educators align with curriculum outcomes. Eligible for 2.0 WA State clock hours.

For more resources to start the year strong, check out the Back to School Teacher Toolkit. And for educator information all year long, you can always visit the educator page.

Resource Highlights

Gale in Context Elementary and Middle School

In partnership with the Washington State Library, we are excited to announce the addition of several new databases from Gale Cengage. With your Sno-Isle library card, you can now access Gale in Context: Middle School and Gale in Context: College, which join our existing Gale in Context resources for Elementary, High School, and Global Issues.

These databases offer cross-curricular and leveled content (articles, videos, charts, infographics, and more) that align with national and state curriculum standards in subjects like geography, history, government, cultures and religion, literature and the arts, and science.

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Culture Grams

Culture Grams from ProQuest provides comprehensive, educational resources to support students in grades K-12. Their focus is on Language Arts, Social Sciences, Sciences, and Mathematics. Secondary curricula includes the Arts, Multicultural Studies, and Technology and Vocational Education. You will find easy-to-use maps, photos, videos, tables and graphs, timelines, audio files, interviews, recipes, and biographies of famous people from around the world.


Open Book with Kwame Mbalia

Kwame Mbalia, is the Coretta Scott King Honor and Children’s Africana Book Award Winner for his book Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (Rick Riordan Presents), and its sequel Tristan Strong Destroys the World. His live talk will be held on Friday, September 17 at 10 am. Register today!


Reading with Rover

Not only is Reading with Rover fun for kids, academic studies generally suggest that reading aloud to an adult or therapy dog team tends to increase children’s oral reading and fluency test scores much more than reading aloud to peers. Further, the presence of a therapy dog positively impacts children’s reading motivation and persistence when faced with the task of reading a challenging passage. browse our events for kids to register for one of the monthly online sessions. Third Thursday of every month at 4 pm, 4:15 pm, & 4:45 pm.


National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Try this list for books and resources to help you learn more about suicide prevention and mental health issues.

Hispanic Heritage September 15 - October 15

Are you looking for an engaging book to share with your class?

Library Updates

Currently, all community libraries are open for browsing the stacks, using computers, and getting help from staff. We continue to offer contact-free pickup and a robust array of programs and services online. Explore the options to connect your way and learn more about how the library is here to serve you.

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