Pat Bliquez, Teacher-Librarian

pbliquez@seattleschools.org

I came to McDonald International in 2013 after 21 fulfilling years as teacher-librarian at Roxhill Elementary School.  I couldn’t have asked for a warmer reception from all parts of the McDonald community and I’d like to thank all of you for your patience as I struggled to master 375 new names, a different library collection and the philosophy and intricacies of being in an international school!

I see my role as first and foremost connecting kids with books, but also as fostering a child’s imagination and curiosity. I believe these two goals work hand in hand. The library should be a space of active learning, where students learn by doing and discovering. As librarian I expect to interact with everyone in the community, students, teachers, administrators and parents alike. I hope to maintain and create a library that is not “my space” but “our space.”  The response I enjoy hearing most from my students is,  “I love the library!”  If we hope to create life-long learners, children need to feel that the library is a comfortable place, a place of learning, a place of recreation, a refuge, and above all a welcoming place.

I consider it part of my mission as librarian to make sure that the library collection reflects, as much as possible, the diversity of our student population.  I want students to see their library as a place that reflects their own backgrounds and interests while at the same time encouraging them to branch out and become global citizens.  I believe that, ideally, librarians see the big picture of student learning and the big picture of curriculum. I believe students are more engaged and learning is best when concepts are integrated across the curriculum, when students can make logical connections in their learning.

Please feel free to contact me about any concerns, ideas or contributions you would like to make to creating and maintaining a vibrant McDonald International Library.

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