Crimson Reader

Monthly JDHS Kalé Library News


Please help me keep your library account current. Return all library materials before you leave for the summer. If you want to borrow a book over the summer, let me know. I will gladly arrange for you to have lots of reading materials!

New Semester New Books! WELCOME to 2023!!

Many of you have placed special request for books! Come and visit the library and check out our new books.

Fall Happenings


Hello, Crimson Bears! I am looking forward to getting to know all of you. Visit the library and remember to SCAN YOUR STUDENT ID whenever you step into the library space. If you have any questions, I am here to help. Welcome to our library!



ALL library materials are due this week unless...

you want to read over the summer!! Let me know. This is a busy week for everyone but the library officially closes for the school year on Friday. So if you want a few books for the summer, come by now and see me!! BUT FIRST, let's clear your account. IF you're a senior, your account must be absolutely clear BEFORE you graduate. I'm in the library this week if you want to visit and return a book or two or three...

MAY: Let's celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Come check out books written by Asian American writers or stories with Asian American characters. See you in the library!

APRIL: Poetry Month (and Earth Day!)

Take a break and read a poem! They're posted all around school and we've got books on display for you to borrow!

Recent Reads

Don't blink! The first quarter of the 2022 is over! Eight more weeks of school--get some reading done. Come visit the library and borrow a book! Also, if you want to be one of the first to review newly arrived books, let's talk!


Welcome to Semester 2! 2022 rings in new titles for you check out. I will be displaying all the newly procured books both in the New Books Section as well as on the tables in the lower library. Please pick a few to borrow! And let me know what other titles you'd like to see/read!

Also, check out ebooks and audiobooks here. Email me if you have questions.

Fall Reads

We have lots of new books for you to check out

Come to the library and visit the NEW BOOKS section. There's something here for you!! And there are new titles for you on the tables in the lower library.

If you missed the Halloween Book display, look for books with a black dot -- those would be the horror you've been looking for.

Happy almost Halloween

Banned Books, books to movies etc

There are many options for you! Check out our display of banned books and borrow one!

Come visit the library and explore many newly published books and some books that are finding new interest now that they're going to be in film/TV: Kindred, Dear Evan Hansen, PS I Still Love you, Dune

Happy mid-September celebrations

September ushers in National Hispanic Heritage Month! We have several titles for you to explore from writers like Benjamin Saenz-Alire, Isabel Allende, Julia Alvarez, Gary Soto, Yamile Saied Mendez to name a few. Come by the library and check them out!!

Welcome Back to our library!!!

Hello, students and teachers!

How wonderful to finally start the year with your beautiful selves in person! Please visit the library and check out our new arrivals. Students, always sign in when you enter the library. Bring your student ID and scan your card whenever you enter the library...ALWAYS!

The library is open for Enrichment starting August 25th. For now, there will be a 50-person capacity restriction due to COVID. Please keep at least 3 feet distance from each other and keep face masks on at all times. I am very happy to see all of you and will be smiling behind my mask when I see you!


I hope you continue to read over the summer. Visit our local public libraries (or libraries wherever you are on vacation). Go to the Friends of the Library and pick up a book for a dollar! Find time to just sit and relax, away from your electronic device for a bit. Thank you, everyone, for visiting me in the library and talking books, life, and everything in between! I am looking forward to seeing all of you in person next school year.

PS...if you got a reminder from me to return materials, drop them off at school anytime between 9:00a.m - 3:00pm Monday through Friday. There will always be someone in the front office or in the counseling office this summer. They will gather the books for me until I return in August.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month ~ May 2021

This month recognizes contributions made by AAPI to the US. Filipinos are the first documented Asians in the US arriving by Galleon ship and landing in California in 1587. In 1778 the first Chinese arrived in Hawaii, followed by the Japanese in 1806.

National Poetry Month ~ April 2021

In 1996, the Academy of American Poets launched National Poetry Month.

Check out some wonderful poetry here and discover the beauty and joy that reading poetry brings.

Women's History Month ~ March 2021

IN 1987, Congress passed a resolution declaring March as Women's History Month.

My recommended reading this month:

  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

Read Across America ~ March 2021

Welcome to March!! Read Across America celebrations are happening and it's not just for little kids!

Check our our ebook selection...Several recently published ebooks are here for your reading pleasure. A few recommendations:

  • take a break from the stress of college applications and read about someone else' instead. In You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman Ariel navigates the stress of AP classes and keeping his perfect GPA and his friendships.
  • Layoverland by Gabby Noone
  • The Upside of Falling by Alex Light
  • A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Celebrating Black History Month ~February 2021

"In 1986 Congress passed Public Law 99-244 (PDF, 142KB) which designated February 1986 as "National Black (Afro-American) History Month.” This law noted that February 1, 1986 would “mark the beginning of the sixtieth annual public and private salute to Black History'" (READ MORE...)

Books by Black Writers

Check out some of these books from our JDHS library.

Place a hold on a physical copy or check out our e-book selection.

Happy January!

Welcome back to school, Crimson Readers. The library will be open but inside seating will be limited. Come by and borrow or return books. If you are returning books, place them on the quarantine box area. If you plan to borrow books, place a hold online or fill out this form. Some of you are already scheduled to come in with your teachers so check in with them first.

CURBSIDE SERVICE ~ Returning Books/Picking up books - resumes January 4, 2021

We will begin accepting your book returns and serve your book pick-up needs on January 4, 2021. Come by between 8am - 4pm and call the number posted on the locked doors (523-1501). Someone will be able to assist you. FYI, your materials are quarantined for 96 hours before they are checked in.

Happy Winter Break!!!

School will resume on January 7, 2021. Teachers are back on January 4th

Meanwhile, rest, rejuvenate, read:

Borrowing books

Yes, this is still happening! If you want a hard copy of a particular book, you can place a hold on this right on our Destiny Library System.

Borrowing ebooks

You can borrow ebooks from our Alaska Digital School Library. Make sure you are logged in to our school's system through your student ID.

Final Exam Week: December 14-18, 2020

This is the last week of our semester 1. Pick up some books so you can read them over the break. Wondering what to read next? Click HERE.

Want to borrow e-books? Read HERE.Interested in using Audible?This is your final week to email me for an account.

If you already have an Audible Account from last year but forgot your account number and password let me know. I can help. However, this pilot program is no longer supported so we do not have technical support from the company. You still have your credits to use if you haven't done so. They expire on December 24th. Use it, or lose it.

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Books on Native American Heritage

We have these books on Native American heritage in our library. Log in to to access destiny library system. From there, it's a single sign on system so just follow the steps. email me if you have questions.

Get to know your librarian

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Hello! I'm so glad to be serving as your librarian. This is the beginning of my sixth year as librarian. Before this, I taught English Literature for 19 years, all but one were in this very same school. I love the Crimson Bears and can't imagine a more perfect job than being a librarian. I still work with students and collaborate with teachers and I get to read lots of books and sometimes, English essays, though I no longer have to grade I can read even more books! If you have any book recommendations, send them my way. If you want to join Battle of the Books, email me! We're still open to new members. The only pre-requisite is that you are willing to take a chance on a book.


  • you may return books between 8am - 4pm M-F
  • still have books from last year, return them now, please.
  • the virtual library is open 24hrs if you wish to borrow ebooks or audiobooks.