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Cheetah Book Club

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Cheetah Book Club!

The Garfield Elementary Library is proud to offer the Cheetah Book Club. This program is a great way to recognize your child’s birthday, a holiday, life event, or just for fun day AND help fill the school’s library with books.  What could be better than that?!



How it works:

  • Select the book you want to donate to the school library. The library has a wish-list you can find HERE.
  • Decide what message you want included on your customized bookplate.
  • Purchase your book from the store of your choice (we recommend Orca Books in downtown Olympia) and either deliver it to the school office to be placed in Ms. Beattie’s mailbox (include a note with your personalized message for the bookplate), bring it into the library for Ms. Beattie, or have it shipped directly to Garfield Library (the Amazon wish-list is set up to do this automatically).

Your participation in Cheetah Book Club will be acknowledged in two ways:

  1. With a customized bookplate in your selected book.
  2. Your selected book officially debuted during your child’s scheduled library time. Plus, your child has the opportunity to be the first person to check it out.

Instructions for ordering a book online and having it shipped directly to Garfield:

  • Consider ordering from our Amazon Wish-list, which includes books that have been hand-selected by our school librarian, Ms. Beattie.
  • Be sure to include a gift message when you check out. This message should include your child’s full name and the personalized message you want included on the bookplate.
  • Ship the book to: Garfield Elementary Library, 325 Plymouth St. NW, Olympia, WA 98502

We hope you consider joining Garfield’s Cheetah Book Club! This lasting gift is a wonderful way to commemorate your child, help foster their love of reading, and support our school library for years to come.

Star Wars Reads Night




Join us on Monday night, October 10, for Star Wars Reads night! Reading in the library from 6-7, but come early because PTA is providing pizza and a meet and greet at 5:30.

Dress in your Star Wars finest and be entered into a raffle to win Star Wars books!

This will be a low key evening, a relaxing time to enjoy Star Wars, geek out, read books, and relax with our families.


mytrlOlympia School District has teamed up with the Timberland Regional Library (TRL) to provide every K-12 student with a wider range and depth of information via TRL’s vast electronic services collections beginning, Wednesday, September 21.

We are following the lead of libraries around the country and are lucky enough to be the first school district to partner with the Timberland Regional Library in this way. Each student, unless parent/guardians opt-out, gets an e-library card to TRL’s vast digital resources.

Students have access to thousands of e-books, and won’t have overdue fines because the books simply disappear when they are ‘due.’ Students also have access to digital audiobooks, research databases, and thousands of digital primary sources!

Explore the website HERE! These e-library cards will be activated September 21st (unless parent’s have opted out via Skyward Family Access).

Do you have questions about the partnership or navigating the resources online, please stop by the library and ask me! I would love to help you navigate the resources!

Literacy Tech Moment

I was spending some time this summer learning more about the library and I heard of an epic app called Epic! Have you heard of it? Epic is an eReading app that gives you access to hundreds of books for kids 12 and under. The best part? The first month is free, or if you are an educator you can sign up for free AND sign your class up!
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Kids can earn rewards, there is a reading log, and once you sign up there is no limit to how many books you are allowed to read! (Oh my goodness, they even have Star Wars books, Warriors, Scaredy Squirrel, and National Geographic Kids).

Sign up and then let me know what you think! How did you use it? Do you think you’ll use it in your classroom?

Summer Reading


Are you looking for books to read this summer? Why not get a head start on our Children’s Choice Award books or Best Books?

The Children’s Choice nominees are:

Book Author Publisher
Bear Report, The Heder, Thyra Abrams Books for Young Readers
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas Cox, Lynne Schwartz & Wade Books
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear Mattick, Lindsay Little Brown and Company
Grandma in Blue with Red Hat Menchin, Scott Abrams Books for Young Readers
Hippos are HUGE! London, Jonathan Candlewick Press
Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise Taylor, Sean Candlewick Press
I Don’t Want to be a Frog Petty, Dev Doubleday Books for Young Readers
I, Fly: The Buzz About Flies and How Awesome They Are Heos, Bridget Holt
If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! Parsley, Elise Little, Brown and Company
I’m New Here O’Brien, Anne Sibley Charlesbridge
I’m Trying to Love Spiders Barton, Bethany Viking
Job Wanted Bateman, Teresa Holiday House
Mother Bruce Higgins, Ryan T. Disney/Hyperion
Mummy Cat Ewert, Marcus Clarion
Nerdy Birdy Reynolds, Aaron Roaring Brook Press
Perfectly Messed-Up Story, A McDonnell, Patrick Little Brown and Company
Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook Kennedy, Anne Vittur Candlewick Press
There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight Klostermann, Penny Random House
What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night: A Very Messy Adventure Tuma, Refe Little Brown and Company
Who Wants a Hug? Mack, Jeff Harper


The Best Books nominees are:

Iron Trial (Magisterium, Book 1) by Black, Holly and Cassandra Clare
Kinda Like Brothers by Booth, Coe
Gaby, Lost and Found by Cervantes, Angela
Mountain Dog by Engle, Margarita
A Song for Bijou by Farrar, Josh
Space Case by Gibbs, Stuart
Vine Basket by La Valley, Josanne
Dash by Larson, Kirby
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Levy, Dana Allison
Zane and the Hurricane by Philbrick, Rodman
Eddie Red, Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Wells, Marcia
The Forbidden Library by Wexler, Django
Absolutely Almost – Graff, Lisa
Loot – Watson, Jude
El Deafo – Bell, Cece
The Fourteenth Goldfish – Holm, Jennifer
Rain Reign – Martin, Ann M.
The Thickety: A Path Begins – White, J.A.
New Kid – Green, Tim
The Circus Dogs of Prague – Delaney, Rachelle

Best Books readers: you can even take your Best Books Quiz this summer! Get a head start on the competition! Click HERE for the quiz!

Keep watching this page for books on Ms. Beattie’s summer reading list!

Keep reading,
Ms. Beattie