The Lawton Library is open all day, every school day, and we encourage all students, and parents too, to drop in at any time to browse our collection and check our library materials.  We provide numerous print and electronic resources such as encyclopedias, almanacs, atlases, and other assorted reference books.  Every classroom has one regularly scheduled library period each week when students have an opportunity to check out books, and work on library skills projects.

Mission Statement

In keeping with the Seattle School District Library Services goal of “Academic achievement for every student in every school by ensuring that students are effective users of ideas and information,” Lawton Library will:
* Enable students to become skilled strategists in information problem solving techniques
* Provide books and electronic media for curricular-based teaching and learning
* Provide space and materials which support an active style of teaching and learning
* Promote an appreciation of a variety of literary styles

Check-Out Procedures and Policies

Students may have up to two books at a time checked out for a period of one week.  (Of course, the same book can be renewed for an additional week at a time).

Online Resources

There is a rich variety of online resources provided by Seattle School District, which include World Book, Grolier Encyclopedia, Proquest (magazines), CultureGrams, and various science resources.  To find out information on online library resources, visit the SPS Library Services Student Resources A – Z  page.   Lawton’s Online Catalog can be found by clicking here.

Library Classroom Schedule 2011-2012 

207 – 12:15 – 12:45
209 —  1:25 – 1:55
105 – 2:00 —  2:30
103 – 2:30 – 3:00

102 – 12:15 – 12:45
106 — 12:55 – 1:25
Open – 1:30 – 2:30
201 – 2:30 – 3:00

101 –12:15 – 12:45
108 – 12:50 – 1:20
104 – 1:25 – 1:45
208 – 1:50 – 2:20
204 – 2:30 – 3:00

Open– 12:15 – 12:45
205 – 1:25 –1:55
Open – 1:55 – 2:25
202 — 2:25 – 2:55

107 – 12:50 – 1:20
Rec. Duty – 1:25 – 1:40
109 —  1:45 – 2:25
203 – 2:20 –2:50


Volunteer opportunities abound for anyone with a few minutes or more to spare.  Lawton’s Library is a busy place and many hands make light the work.  If you enjoy being around kids and books, this is the place for you!  Some of the ongoing tasks include book check-in and shelving.  With three or more classes checkout out each day, books pile up quickly.  If you’d like to volunteer, please email the librarian. We welcome your assistance, so please come on in!


* Parts of a book
* Locating materials
* Use of online catalog

* Story elements
* Literacy terms
* Various genres

* Research process
* Identify topic
* Locate sources
* Evaluate sources
* Choose relevant information
* Organize and present information
* Evaluate the final result

Reading Incentives

We promote a variety of enrichment programs such as the “Reading Superstars” Reading Incentives Program,  Books-and-Breakfast Club, Birthday Book Bonanza Program, Young Authors’ Conference, and visits by local authors who share their experiences with the students.  We work with the Seattle Public Library to encourage everyone to make use of the resources available there.  If students do not have a Seattle Public Library card, we can provide them with an application.  (Multi-lingual applications are available as well).  Thinking strategies included in the library skills program have focused on predicting, inference, paraphrasing and “Brain Quest.”  Proper care of books, citation skills, and locating books using the Destiny Quest on-line catalog are also stressed.

Finding Good Books

When looking for good books for your student, you may access Seattle Public Library’s (SPL) website.  There is a good synopsis associated with all the books they have available.  To access SPL’s website, click here.  To begin your search, choose Caldecott, Newbery, or Honor books.  You should note Washington State Children’s Choice Picture Book Awards for primary, as well as the Sasquatch Reading Award for intermediate levels.

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