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    Welcome to the John Muir Elementary School Library

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Muir Library and Computer Program is to create a warm, welcoming environment where students are empowered to become lifelong learners, lovers of the written word, and effective users of ideas, information, and technology. 

    Announcements, Thank Yous And Upcoming Events

    • Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year.
    • Thank you to my continuing volunteers in the library: Laura Weinstein, Jeannie Wong, Jenny Hassen Das (mom of Gabby and Serena), and Jim Peterson! 
    • I need more volunteers for shifts in the library, if you are interested please contact me

    Three Roles of the Librarian

    Librarians in the Seattle School District:

    1. Teach Information Literacy
    2. Promote Literacy and Advocate Reading
    3. Manage Information by providing appropriate information resources to students, teachers, administrators, and parents

    Libraries and Student Achievement

    A substantial body of research since 1990 shows a positive relationship between school libraries and student achievement. Fourteen unique state research studies validated that a school library program that is adequately staffed, resourced, and funded can lead to higher student achievement regardless of the socioeconomic or educational levels of the community. 

    Library Programs Promoting Literacy

    Global Reading Challenge: In conjunction with the Seattle Public Library 4th and 5th graders are encouraged to participate in the Challenge which involves teams of 7 students working together. Each team will have read each of the 10 Global Reading Challenge books. There will be a Muir playoff and the winning team will go on to the Semi-Finals at the Seattle Public Library.  If they win the Semi - Finals, they will go on to the Championship Round.

    Library Resources

    • 7,852 Titles 
    • 15,133 copies
    • We have an average monthly circulation of 1,155 volumes.
    • 2 Print encyclopedias at two grade levels.
    • Subscriptions to 16 Periodical Magazines.
    • 10 Computers with access to the Online Catalogue, the Internet and Microsoft Office applications.
    • 32 Dell Latitude 3340 laptops 


    Donate Now: We really need computer headphones for the lab and library.  It would still be super fantastic if you could just donate one book! View our wish list on Amazon.

    Biggest Needs:

    • Computer Headphones 
    • AA and AAA Batteries
    • Computer Speakers (to loan out to teachers)

    Circulation Statistics

    2019 TBA
    2018: 11,549
    2017:  11,461
    2016: 11,855
    2015: 15,050
    2014: 13,298
    2013: 12,972
    2012: 10,694
    2011: 12,240
    2010: 13,323
    2009: 12,955
    2008: 12,284 
    2007: 14,665
    2006: 13,615
    2005: 13,928
    2004: 12,447
    2003: 12,046

    Library Catalog
    Online Student Resources

    Contact Info

    Librarian: JK Burwell


    7:40 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
    Library is not open Wednesdays

    Helpful Links

    Global Reading Challenge
    Visual Dictionary
    Kid's Click
    Seattle Public Library
    Seattle Times
    NY Times
    National Public Radio
    Muir Library Wish List
    Timeline Creator (posted soon)
    WA State Archive: Resources for Teachers and Students
    Computer Lab Fusion Page (posted soon)