Purpose Statement

The goal of Rainier Beach's library is to inspire students, staff, and community members to be life-long learners, informed decision makers, ethical users and creators of ideas and information, and avid readers.



The Study Center is open after school from 3:45 to 5pm
Mondays through Thursdays in the Rainier Beach High School Library.
Homework assistance is available for all subject areas.

Reading Links

Series and Sequels A great site for finding series and sequels by author, title, or series. You can also search for movies based on a book and search for Award winning books.

Goodreads An engaging website all about books. Book summaries, ratings, trivia, quizzes, lists,and quotes. If you create a free account you can receive book recommendations based on books you have read.

Shelfari Shelfari is a community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers. Create a virtual bookshelf, discover new books, connect with friends and learn more about your favorite books - all for free.
YALSA YALSA Book and Media Awards and Lists

Public Library Resources

Seattle Public Libraries
King County Libraries
Library of Congress

Online Newspapers

The Viking Shield Rainier Beach's student newspaper.
Newsela Newsela provides daily news articles from top national and regional newspapers, all written at five reading levels.
Online Newspapers Thousands of newspapers from around the world.

Research Links

CIA World Factbook This site is a great tool for finding statistics and other types of frequently updated information about countries of the world.
Bartlett's Quotations A collection of passages, phrases, and proverbs traced to their sources in Ancient and Modern literature.
Khan Academy Learn for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more.
ProCon Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily procon format.
MedlinePlus MedlinePlus , the world's largest medical library, is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends.

Primary Sources

History Link for Washington State Free Online Encyclopedia for Washington State.
Archival Newspapers Searchable newspapers through the Library of Congress from 1836 to 1922.
EuroDocs Online Sources for European History
National Archives America's Historical Documents
American Memory Library of Congress collections by topic

Research Paper Links

Purdue OWL Welcome to the Purdue OWL. We offer over 200 free resources including:
  • Writing and Teaching Writing
  • Research
  • Grammar and Mechanics
  • Style Guides
  • ESL (English as a Second Language)
  • Job Search and Professional Writing
Purdue OWL
for7-12 Grades
Resources for 7th - 12th Grades
  • Writing Process
  • Thesis Statement
  • Writing Essay Genres
  • Style and Language
  • Citation MLA and APA
Thesis Generator This online tool will help you draft a clear thesis statement for your persuasive essay or argumentative paper.
Plagiarism This site is a “Plagiarism Tutorial “to help you before you begin your research.
Choosing a Topic This site is a research guide for students, including choosing a topic to organizing your notes.
How Do I...? From the University of Washington, common research and library tasks in short video tutorials and links to other help guides.

Link for Student Access  (Read 180, System 44, Math 180)

Links for Teachers

Web Quests This is the home page for Web Quests. Find a Web Quest to use with your students and/or learn how to create your own.

Web English Teacher A great source for lessons and activities for poetry, novels, Shakespeare, AP classes and much more.

Contact Info:
Librarian: Celia Sorge
Phone: (206) 252-6458
Main Office: (206) 252-6350
Fax: (206) 252-6351

8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Open before school, during Lunch, after school

Study Center:
From 3:45 to 5:00pm after school Monday - Thursday

Helpful Links:

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