Library Legacy

News from the Monroe Elementary Library

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Hour of Code

We will be hosting Hour of Code in our school library December 9th through the 13th. The goal of this event is for students to engage in simple to complex program coding. While not every child will become a programmer as a career choice, it is probable that all students will use computers. This small opportunity each year will provide students a basic understanding of how code works and it's importance. Students will pick their task from a menu of choices and will advance through the levels at their own pace. Hour of Code is a free website and can be accessed from home. If your child is very interested in spending more time learning to code, you can check out the site at

Book Fair

It was great seeing so many families stopping by the book fair and picking up some new books to enjoy. Your purchases have provided the library with the opportunity to select books to keep our library updated with many new and exciting titles. It also allows us to replace some of our well loved selections as well. Thank you for supporting your child's learning and contributing to the opportunities for others.

Book Requests from students

Our first round of books requested by students are beginning to roll in. I appreciate all the feedback students gave for books they would like to see in our library. My goal is to get these books in the hands of students who requested them so they can read them before they go out to the shelves. Happy Reading!!

Student Reporters Wanted!!

If you have something you would like to add to our newsletter, please feel free to submit a book review, helpful hint, poem, or article you would like added here. See Ms. Qualey in the library for information on how to become a reporter for the Library Legacy.

Towervale Books

Towervale books are still available for students to purchase. Please see Ms. Qualey in the library if you have any questions. Books are not currently available for checkout.

Did You Know?

Did you know the library is open every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday morning from 8:00 until 8:25? This is an opportunity for students to check out books, sit and read quietly, visit quietly with friends, or do any of the activities provided. The only requirement...please clean up what you use before you leave. See you in the morning!

Doing Research?

Everett Public Schools provides research tools for students to use at school and at home. We have a subscription to Britannica for intermediate students, and PebbleGo for our primary students. Please use the Student Tools link, or the links on our Library Webpage to connect your student to these valuable resources.

Destiny Discover

Did you know you can use our searchable database to find books in our library? Destiny offers two different ways to search. The Destiny Classic link will take you to a simple search option where you can look for a book by title, author, or key word. For a more kid friendly view, simply click on the Destiny Discover link. This option allows students to see the cover of the book, read a teaser about the book and any reviews that have been submitted. In either view, Destiny will tell you where the book is located in the library. Please stop by the library desk if you have any questions about using these databases.

Kerry Qualey

I have enjoyed a 20 year teaching career here at Monroe Elementary. I began as a 5th grade teacher in the 2000-2001 school year. After 11 years, I moved to second grade to work with primary students. Finally, in 2015, I took on the role as Librarian for our school. I have loved each position, all for different reasons. As a librarian, I work with students to help them find books they love, promote community and respect, and provide every child with multiple hands on learning activities (STEM) throughout the year. I love interacting with the students every day, and as a specialist, I get to see them grow over time. So far, that is my favorite thing!