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    Hello Families, Students and Staff,


    Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year from your school library. We are excited to serve you!!

    Things will look different this year. The good news is that we will be getting books to you, digital and physical!


    Digital books will be found most easily through Destiny Discover and Sora. I will be adding more titles soon! Here are links to help you access our ebooks: 



    Sellwood Library Webpage


    Now for the Physical Books. Our new program across the Portland Public School District is called and will roll out on or around SEPTEMBER 21, 2020: 

    Let’s Get Reading!!

    It will work like this, students can pick up a bag of books from the school, read them and return them for a new bag of books on the designated day of the week.

    The bags will contain a variety of genres of books.

    Pick up and drop off will be contact free and everyone will wear masks. 

    Grade 6 & Above

    • Fiction book
    • Nonfiction book
    • Graphic novel 
    • Biography 
    • World languages (Bilingual book or a book in another language)
    • Diverse book


    We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.         -- weneeddiversebooks.org 


    Letters and Information that will be in the bag:


    Hello Families,


    We are thrilled to lend you this Let’s Get Reading! Bag of books, one of many you will receive this year! This is one way to bring the library to you during this period of distance-learning. The five books in the bag were selected to represent a range of interests and reading abilities. The books can be enjoyed by your student as well as the entire family. Some books may lend themselves to being read aloud by a friend or family member, others may work better if they are read independently; you and your student can decide.


    Reading a print book, or reading a book on screen are both options for reading.  Even listening to a book counts as reading! We want our students to have books in print because there are specific benefits to reading a physical book over a book on a screen. Reading printed material allows us to slow down and give time for deep reading. It nurtures in our brains the essential processes of critical thinking, empathy and reflection. Picking up a physical book is also a great way to take a break. There is nothing like settling in and getting cozy with a book you can hold in your hands. 

    Great conversations are born from interesting books; we hope this selection inspires fun discussions. You’ll find a list of conversation starters on the flip side of this paper. Talking about a book will enhance the educational experience for your child. We hope this will be a great program for your family and encourage a love of reading.



    Laura Axon




    Beverly Mangold

    Library Assistant



    Reading has many more benefits than simply being good entertainment. Those who read report having better connections with others and greater feelings of happiness within themselves and life overall.

    -- Based on a study conducted at the 

    University of Liverpool’s Center for Research, 2010

    This reading bag is filled with books specially chosen for students in Grade 6 and above. Each of the books belongs to a genre, a category of books with a similar style, format, or topic. As you explore and enjoy these books, see if you can identify its genre from the choices below.

    We hope you enjoy these books! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s Teacher-LIbrarian.



    How Do I Keep Track of the Books in Each Reading Bag?
    I recommend returning the books to the reading bag -- every time -- even if you just look at them briefly. Create a habit of doing this. This way, you’ll always know where your books are.


    How Can I Tell What is a Library Book and What is Not?
    Look for the barcode on the cover of the book that has our school name, and also the spine label on the side of the book. Your own books probably do not have either!


    What If I Lose a Book?

    If you’ve looked everywhere for a lost book and cannot locate it, I appreciate the effort. The book will turn up eventually. Please return it when it does.


    What If I Lose the Reading Bag?
    If you cannot locate the bag, find a grocery bag, write the first and last names of your students on it and return the books in that.


    What If I Damage a Book?

    Please return the book anyway. If the book is beyond repair, please email me at laxon@pps.net and we’ll figure out the next steps. Please don’t be embarrassed, things happen.

    When and Where Do I Return the Book Bag?

    When you return your book bag, you will be given a new one. I’ll be in touch about the location and schedule.


    When Will I Get a New Bag of Books?

    Book bags will be distributed every other week. 

    How Long Will this Continue?

    We plan to continue this method of distributing books until we are allowed to have students back in our library!  


    What If I Want to Keep a Book Longer?
    If you’re in the middle of a book, I encourage you to keep it longer! Return it when you next return a bag of books..

    What Kinds of Books Can I Expect To Find in Our Book Bags?

    Refer to the “What’s In Your Let’s Get Reading Bag?” sheet which outlines the kinds of books you’ll discover. 

    May I  Request a Specific Book? 

    I hope to be able to fulfill requests eventually. In the meantime, you may place holds on books through the Multnomah County Library. Need help learning how? Call the Multnomah County Library at 503.988.5123 or visit their website: multcolib.org/we-can-help-anything. If you need help getting a library card or placing a hold, I can also help. Email me at laxon@pps.net. I would love to hear from you.


    You can also check out the PPS Library Services page (pps.net/library), that includes links to TumbleBooks, Sora, and other collections of eBooks that you can browse and read for free. 




    I encourage you to talk to your child about their reading. Your discussion will deepen their understanding and enrich the educational experience. Here are some prompts to help get a conversation going. Enjoy!


    Fiction Books (Make-Believe Stories)
    Before the Reading:

    • Is there a picture on the cover? If so, what do you think about it? Does it give clues about what the book is going to be about?
    • Read the title. Make a prediction about what you think the book is going to be about.

    During the Reading:

    • Who are the characters?
    • What is the setting (place/time)?
    • What's the problem/conflict? 
    • What’s the solution to the problem/conflict? 

    After the Reading:

    • Why do you think the character did what they did? Why do you think that? What proof do you have? Would you do anything differently?
    • How was the character feeling when they did what they did? Have you ever felt that way?
    • Was there a different direction the author could have taken the story?
    • What message do you think the author wanted you to get?


    Non-Fiction Books (Real/Fact/Information Books)

    • Can you compare and contrast two things in the book?
    • What part interested you the most? Why?
    • Tell me about something you understood in the book. Can you connect that idea to a different idea?
    • Was there a part of the book that you already knew about? If so, which part?
    • What did you learn that was new?
    • Does this book make you want to learn more about something that was discussed in the book? If so, what?
    • What research would the author have done to learn about this topic?