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Librarian's Corner | Welcome Back to School

Sep 21, 2020 2:19:30 PM / by Kristen Eckhardt

Welcome to the Kingsley Montessori School Library

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September 24, 2020

Dear Kingsley Families,

Welcome to a new school year, filled with possibility! I am looking forward to getting to know your children and you, and sharing many resources that promote a love of reading and finding out about our amazing world. I will link to the Librarian’s Corner blog once a month in the One Kingsley Bulletin. This blog will contain various types of sources and information for you to explore as caregivers. If there is a topic that any one of you would like to see featured—either for adults or your children—please just ask! A beautiful aspect of library work is that it is community-based. It is my job to find the resources my patrons need, and in a school library, that includes you.

This is our first Librarian’s Corner blog post, which links to resources based on your child’s education level (Early Childhood, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary). It is such a busy time, so I do not want to overwhelm you with too much information, but rather give you a few sources and some programming information to enjoy as we all head into the school year together. Stay tuned for more caregiver-friendly resources next month, but never hesitate to contact me at keckhardt@kingsley.org if you have a question or query. 

Be well,

Kristen Eckhardt, School Librarian



Early Childhood

Lower Elementary

Upper Elementary

Click here for a link to a list of  “50 Picture Books About Diversity & Difference” (Childhood 101).


Once I get started with the EC students this fall, look for a virtual Story Time to be posted for “Co-Curricular Fridays.” Also, keep your eye out for the EC Library Resource page, which will house some interesting and entertaining links for our youngest learners!

Click here for a showcase of diverse easy readers, as listed in the Seattle Public Library’s card catalog.


It will be my pleasure to begin working with the LE students this fall, as we enjoy our library time together reading, talking and sharing some literacy learning activities. Early in the fall we will enjoy learning about some “library history.” Do you know the names of the lions who guard the infamous New York Public Library? Stay tuned!

Click here for the weneeddiversebooks.org website.

It will be my pleasure to begin working with the UE students this fall, as we get to know each other as readers and researchers. I look forward to supporting their core learning in school, as well as widening their worlds as independent thinkers. I am working to find ways to make the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award program accessible to us virtually. For now, here is the link to the blogspot if your child wants to get started reading: http://massachusettschildrensbookaward.blogspot.com/

And, finally, here is an article about helping your child find some calm during the back-to-school transition this fall, via Boston Children’s Hospital.

*Have a wonderful month!*


Kristen Eckhardt

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