Letters from the Library

Garfield Cheetahs have great taste in books! For the second year in a row, the K-3rd students have selected as their favorite the book that went on to win the overall winning Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award. That’s right. The Secret Life of Squirrels is the 2016 winning book not just here at Garfield, but also across the state!

Want to see where YOUR favorite Children’s Choice book landed on the list? Here is the link to the results: WCCPBA 2016 votes

Mrs. Pattin has ordered another copy of The Secret Life of Squirrels  and it should be on the shelves soon.  Keep reading, Cheetahs!

Mrs. Pattin


Letters from the Library

imageThe Secret Life of Squirrels is the winning choice of Garfield students in grades K-3rd  from the 2015-16 Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Awards contest. These students have heard all twenty books, both fiction and non-fiction, from this list: WCCPBA 2016 during library time. Voting was held the week of April 11-15. 4th-5th grade students will have the opportunity to hear The Secret Life of Squirrels in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned for the announcement of the statewide vote. Last year Garfield students’ favorite was The Day the Crayons Quit, which also was the statewide winner. Let’s see what happens this year!

4th-5th grade students continue their Sasquatch Best Books reading challenge, selecting books from the 2015-16 list Best Books 2015-2016. Several have already read ten or more books, and won three books of their choosing from the recent Scholastic Book Fair.

Garfield Cheetahs are reading like wild. Which makes me very happy.

Keep it up,

Mrs. Pattin

Goodbye, Mrs. Gylys!

To my Garfield Family,

After a great deal of thinking, I have made the decision to leave the lovely Garfield Library to stay home with my daughter. It’s bittersweet, really. The sweet part is that I have the fortune of being able to “watch with glittering eyes” as my girl grows. I’ll never get these years back, and I want to take full advantage of them. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that the bitter part is leaving behind all my Garfield friends. From small to tall, you have meant the world to me. I’m going to miss you all so much!

It won’t be long before the memories of Mrs. Gylys traipsing around the library stacks and reading in the story corner fade away, but I certainly hope I have left even the tiniest of marks upon this beloved little school.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me both in the library and out. I hope to see you around!

With love,

Mrs. Gylys






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ALL GRADES: All grades K-5 learned about internet safety during the month of October. They also listened to the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award Nominees  Mogie the Heart of the House, by Kathi Appelt and At the Old Haunted House, by Helen Ketteman.

K-1: Kindergartners and first graders learned about the parts of a book. First graders were introduced to the book A Book is Just Like YouAll About the Parts of a Book.

2-3: Second and third graders learned a little about order in the library in preparation for learning how to be more independent in finding specific books on the shelves.

4-5: Fourth and fifth graders reviewed the basic use of the library catalog. Mrs. Gylys gave book talks to all fourth graders, including our newest title in the library Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate.

Mrs. Gylys and Mrs. Pattin attended the annual Washington Library Media Association Conference where we learned all kinds of new ideas to bring home to the library!


Want to do something good for those in need?  Donate any non-perishable items to the food drive!  The food drive begins at Garfield on Monday, November 23rd and will continue until Wednesday, December 16th.  All donations go to help our own Garfield families and members of the extended Garfield community.  Here are some ideas of items you can give:

-Canned fruits and vegetables
-Canned tuna/chicken
-Canned soups
-Rice and pastas
-Condiments like mayonnaise, mustard, or salad dressing
-Toiletries like deodorant, toothpaste, lotion, toilet paper, etc...
-Baby diapers, baby food and formula


It’s National Family Literacy Month! Do you know just how important it is to read with your children every day? Reading with your child, among other things, gives them an academic head start and builds confidence while reducing stress for the whole family. Watch this brief video to inspire you. It’s NEVER too late to start reading as a family.




National Family Literacy Month

Vegan Month

Election Day (Nov. 3)

Sherlock Holmes Weekend (Nov. 6-8)

Dear Santa Letter Week (Nov. 7-13)

Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11)

Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 8-14)

Thanksgiving (Nov. 26)

Cider Monday (Nov. 30)