Notes from the Library

Greetings from the library!  I hope spring break was filled with joy and great books!  As we head into the final stretch of this school year, I have a few announcements to share, including the Literacy Committee’s annual poster contest!

Any outstanding library books?

If your student has library books from before March 2020, please return them!  I need to know what books are gone forever so I can replace some of them.  For our students who have moved on to Deal and other schools, a book return box will be available outside of our front doors during the next few weeks.  They can also be mailed to the school, addressed to Ms. Leese.  If you have books from another DCPS school, while it would be best if you returned them directly to that school, I can arrange for them to be shipped there.  Thank you!

Book poster time!

This year, the theme for our book poster contest is bravery!  All students are welcome to participate.  Students should pick a favorite book, then draw and write about a moment when a character showed bravery.  Students who need help with handwriting may dictate their response to an adult, but drawings must be original student work.  Posters are due to Ms. Leese by Friday, May 13.  Winning posters will be displayed in front of Lafayette Library, and then our partners at the Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library will display them for the public to enjoy!  More information is available on our flyer.

Other sources for books

I am so grateful that the Lafayette community encourages its readers so strongly!  This has been vital these last two years when access to our physical school library has been sporadic due to the pandemic and elevator issues.  If you haven’t explored our ebook and audiobook collection on Sora (login through Clever, also available as an app), don’t delay!  The district keeps adding to our great selection.  It’s easy to use, and you can also access DC Public Library’s digital collection through it.  You can learn more about Sora and other ebook/audiobook sources on the Lafayette Library website.

Speaking of DC Public Library, have you visited your closest branch recently?  They have a wonderful selection, and it’s free for any DC resident!  Also, if you live or work near the surrounding counties, most of them welcome DC residents as cardholders!  If you live in Chevy Chase, you have two fantastic branches of Montgomery County’s library system nearby (now with Sunday hours!).  You’ll also be able to access those other libraries’ digital collections using Sora.

Pebble Go and Pebble Go Next are back!

Our subscription to these fantastic databases expired in October, but DCPS has renewed them!  If your student enjoys learning about animals, history, science, people and more, Pebble Go and Pebble Go Next are quite easy to use.  Many of the Pebble Go articles are available in Spanish.  They can access these digital resources from the Lafayette Tech page, the Lafayette Library research page, and Clever.  


If you want to know what your student has checked out right now, you can log onto our library catalog, Destiny Discover.  If you need help with something else, please email

Happy spring and happy reading!
Ms. Leese