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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 visit the library with their class on a regular basis. 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 Monday, Tuesday and every other Wednesday before school from 7:30 am – 7:55 a.m. (first bell).  The library is closed on Thursday and Friday. 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 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 about the Global Reading Challenge on the SPL website.

    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!