News from Geiger Montessori Library

Tools for Geiger students and their families

Grolier Online Encyclopedia

Grolier Enclyclopedia is an online encyclopedia that is available to students of Tacoma Public Schools. It includes:

  • The New Book of Knowledge includes reference and current event for elementary school students.
  • America the Beautiful has state history, events and people
  • La Nueva Enclycopedia Cumbre is a Spanish language encyclopedia
  • Election News 2016
  • An interactive atlas
  • Dictionaries and Thesauruses including an English to Spanish dictionary


For at home use, the user name is "tacomasd" and the password is "home". It is only for use by TPS students, staff and families.The encyclopedia is updated daily. It can be found on the Geiger Montessori Library Homepage under "Online Databases".

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Popular books for the Children's House students

Children's House and Lower Elementary Students have really been enjoying these three series:
The Elephant and Piggie series
Fly Guy books
The Magic Treehouse series

Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award

Our Geiger Lower Elementary students participated in the Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award by reading/listening to the 20 titles nominated for the award. The results were close! Here at Geiger the winners were:
#1 Ivan, the Remarkable True Story of a Shopping Mall Gorilla (set in Tacoma!)
#2 This is a Moose
#3 Gaston

119,276 students across Washington State participate in this award. The statewide winners were:
#1 The Secret Life of Squirrels
#2 The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf and Grandma
#3 Gaston
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Sasquatch Award Title

Each year 3rd - 5th grade students across Washington State read Sasquatch nominees. The Sasquatch Award is given to the best chapter book for that grade range. This year the statewide winner was Jedi Academy, which is also a popular title here at Geiger Montessori. If your student wants to get a head start on next year's nominees, they can be found here. Tacoma Public Library has (or will soon have) the 2017 nominees as print books, ebooks and audio books.
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Did you know?

That you can check out museum passes from the Tacoma Public Library for a family of up to four for a week? This includes the Tacoma Art Museum, the Museum of Glass and the Washington State History Museum. For more information, look here.

The Geiger Library Catalog

This link will take you to the Geiger Library catalog and from there select Geiger Montessori and then you can search for books by title, author or subject. There is also a selection of links to websites that the students find educational and fun.

Have a question?

Have questions or book recommendations? Feel free to get in touch with Geiger's teacher librarian, Ms. Letterman. She can be reached at mletter@tacoma.k12.wa.us or 253 571 6830.