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    Library Overview

    The library provides a unique environment for celebrating literacy, learning to use information effectively and delivering support for the curriculum standards and student achievement.

    At John Hay, all students come to the library with their class once a week for 40 minutes. These periods include whole-group lessons focusing on literature appreciation and information skills. Each period also includes time for students to check out books.

    The library is open most mornings before school from 7:30 am – 7:50 am (first bell)
    During this time, students may check out and return library books, work on classroom assignments, draw and color, play games such as chess and checkers and Read!


    John Hay's popular book fair is back! We are excited to be once again working with The Secret Garden Bookshop which will be providing a wonderful selection of books for purchase. Support your child’s reading while supporting the John Hay Library. Plus, the library receives 25% of the profits from this event. So join the fun by purchasing books from the teachers’ wishlists and/or get an early start on your holiday shopping! This is a major fundraiser for the library and volunteers will be needed. More information to come... 

    John Hay participates in the Global Reading Challenge sponsored by the Seattle Public Library. Teams of students from each fourth and fifth grade classroom read 10 books and participate in a school-wide challenge that tests their knowledge of these books. The winning group represents John Hay in further city-wide competitions. Find out more.

    Student Volunteer Opportunities

    Student Volunteers are an important part of the John Hay Library. Fourth and fifth graders are recruited and trained to shelve books and assist in other ways. Thank you, students!

    John Hay Library


    Librarian: Janet Schooler
    Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

    Helpful Links

    Library Catalog
    Online Student Resources
    Seattle Public Library
    Global Reading Challenge
    Children's Book Awards 2016