Welcome to your library!

Welcome to a new school year!  I’m Ms. Leese, your librarian.  This is my fifth year at Lafayette, and it’s such a joy to be starting another year with our students.  This is certainly a different sort of learning than we’re used to, but we’re committed as a school to nurturing our community of readers, no matter the setting! 

In many ways, my role during virtual learning is unchanged.  With the younger students, I’ll explore lots of great picture books.  I’m available to recommend books to students, connect them with research resources and help them with their digital skills.  We won’t be together in the physical space for a while, but I hope your students will come visit me in my virtual space on Microsoft Teams.  Together, we’ll make the most of this year! 

Thank you to everyone who helped in the library last year!  Our book fair wouldn’t have been successful without you.  Also, thank you to everyone who has been plant sitting for me since March.  I hope they’ve been on their best behavior for you!  If they have been faring poorly or have died, no worries; I can always start more. 

Below are some of the frequently asked questions that I’m receiving from families.  If you need help with anything, please don’t hesitate to email me at  or visit the Library Team. 

Take care and happy reading! 

Ms. Leese 

What are our free ebook options? 

There are so many places you can find books for your students to enjoy!  We’ve got a collection of ebooks and audiobooks on our library catalog website, Destiny Discover.  New in June, DCPS has signed us up for Sora, a website/app from Overdrive that gives you access to DC Public Library’s collection even if you don’t have a library card!  I’ve curated a list of ebook options on the Lafayette Library website. 

What about print books? 

Until the building reopens, students won’t have access to our print collection.  Good news, though; DC Public Library has reopened many branches, including the ones in Tenleytown, Cleveland Park and Shepherd Park.  Learn more about their circulation policies as well as their many digital offerings in this letter to the Lafayette community. 

What should we do with last year’s books? 

Please keep them safe until the building reopens for student learning.