Friday, June 8, 2018

Fifth Graders Share Their Book Love

5th graders were invited by Ms. Ingham to creatively share with the Lower School Community a book they loved during their time in the Lower School.  On Wednesday, the library became a gallery of book trailers, models, diaoramas and even a life size Greg Heffley!

Monday, May 14, 2018

End of the Year Library Info

Here are some important dates for the end of the year (EOY) for our Library.  All library materials are due Friday, June 1st. We will send final overdue notices home via paper and parent email on June 5th.  It is important for us to have all materials back so we can complete our annual inventory.
We encourage all interested families to check out materials for the summer on a parent account. We open our library on June, 11, 12, and the morning of the 13th for parents to come in and stock up for summer reading.  Materials can then be returned at the start of the school year.  Please reach out to me (Lara Ingham at or 503-416-9245) or our Library Assistant, Ms. Alma Gomes ( or 503-416-9243) with any questions or suggestions.
We are still in need of gently used complete puzzles for our Library recesses if you are interested in donating a few from your home collection.
And if you need some inspiration for returning your books, click here! or here! or here! or here!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Great OES Book Swap (GOBS)

Once again, our OES readers are finding "new-to-you" books and treasures during our now annual GOBS.  This year, Middle School Library has hosted the event and each student was able to head home with two or more books.  As always a huge thanks to our Friends of the OES Libraries (FOESL) and the hardworking volunteers who makes this fantastic community event possible.

Thank you, Carol Bull, for capturing the action with these photographs!

Monday, February 26, 2018

OES Oregon Battle of the Books!

Congratulations to all our 4th graders who read new books, new genres and worked as teams over the past few months to prepare for the Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB).  Last Friday six teams, two from each classroom, battled to determine which team will represent our school at the OBOB regionals.  The final battle between a team from Ms. Taylor's class (Ishaan B, Hannah G, Alexavia P, Reid K) and a team from Mr. Arensberg's class was close and well-played.  Congratulations to the winning team of Vishaka P, Axel M, Sam G and Ariel M!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sending Love

Happy Valentine's Day!  OES Lower School students created over 100 cards to send to one of our favorite authors, Patricia Polacco as we approach the anniversary of her visit last year.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

2nd and 3rd Grade Research Resources

2nd Grade Biography Links
Check out this site from the Academy of Achievement for a broad range of current leaders in various fields.

I love this playful website from the Library of Congress which provides age-appropriate biographical information about American Heroes.  It features many primary sources including music, photographs, letters and manuscripts and always includes the source and citations.

The American Library Association has compiled all sorts of links to quality websites for children featuring history and biography.

OES Databases You are now able to access all of our databases off campus using your student google credentials! If you have any trouble accessing them just email me!

Our World Book on-line also offers biographies and is really easy to search.
Gale Biography in Context provides comprehensive biographies.  From the site-”Biography In Context offers authoritative reference content alongside magazine and journal articles, primary sources, videos, audio podcasts, and images. Covering a vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers, it’s continuously updated to ensure that students have access to the very latest information.”

3rd Grade Research Links
The Oregon Historical Society offers the Oregon History Project, an online resource for exploring the history of Oregon using the perspectives of those who helped discover and shape it. Students can visit the learning center for project ideas and suggestions for making the most of the site, or view the collection of historical records. Of special interest are the historic viewers, which show changing views of the Portland landscape, the Oregon boundaries, Celilo Falls, and Indian lands in Oregon.

This web site is the homepage of the Oregon Historical Society, which is located in Portland, Oregon. The site has many interesting features including upcoming exhibit demonstrations and workshops. The page on exhibits features parts of all the ongoing exhibits, which include Native American attire, photographs, maps, and oral history. A page titled City Views highlights the history of Portland natives.

The Oregon Encyclopedia is also offered by the Oregon Historical Society and is a great resource for Oregon History particularly around the Japanese Internment. This month’s feature is the history of activism in Oregon.

You are always able to search our LS Library collection for print materials or ask us for help!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Looking for Book Recommendations?

Our library team has just started to use Libguides as a way to share out new books and content.  Check out my Lower School Book Love page to spark your reading with new choices from our collection.