West Seattle schools: Sanislo celebration for public-library collaboration

School libraries and public libraries would seem like natural partners – so that’s why it was cause to celebrate when Seattle Public Library reps visited the Sanislo Elementary School library this week to mark a pilot program funded by collaboration grant. At left, that’s Sanislo librarian Craig Seasholes. The grant, as explained by Seattle Public Schools, is “aimed at providing expanded library services to students, family, and staff” at Sanislo and Roxhill Elementaries.

It’s a yearlong pilot project, and as part of it, SPL is loaning books and materials that the district says “support Common Core State Standards,” along with other books that students can take home to read – above, the first batch is linked to Veterans Day Sanislo’s participation in the annual SPL Global Reading Challenge competition also will expand as part of the program.

Wednesday’s event not only included in-person visitors (among them, the district’s West Seattle executive director Israel Vela and local School Board member Marty McLaren) but also online guests who have expertise with this kind of collaboration.

P.S. There’s more background on librarian Seasholes’s website, here, and in last August’s announcement by SPL.

2 Replies to "West Seattle schools: Sanislo celebration for public-library collaboration"

  • happy mama November 8, 2013 (6:30 pm)

    This is Awesome. Hooray Craig and hooray for anything that promotes literacy & love of reading to our kids and the population at large. It is our best hope.

  • Deb Lund November 11, 2013 (4:11 pm)

    Hooray for collaboration, and hooray for Craig (who has the perfect combination of energy, imagination, integrity, and heart)!

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