The Sanislo library is working to build a library and information technology program that supports literacy and critical thinking skills. The library is a learning hub in the Sanislo community, we enthusiastically welcome all students, staff, and families. Susan Finnegan is our half-time teacher-librarian.

About the Librarian

I am so excited to have become a member of the Sanislo community in January. My goal is to inspire reading and information gathering for pleasure and intellectual growth. We are all life-time learners. I believe that the library should provide mirrors and windows for our children. This inspiration comes from Rudine Sims Bishop. Dr. Bishop shares that "books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange." Though it is also important for children to see themselves reflected in the books they read. "Reading, then becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books."

Librarian in Fairy Land

I come to Sanislo after 8 years as a teacher-librarian and third grade teacher for Seattle Public Schools. Before my career change, I worked in the business world as a technical writer, technical training developer, and web designer. When I'm not at Sanislo, I'm working in a yarn shop or playing outside. In my next life, I think I might come back as a National Park Ranger.

Volunteers in the Library

Sanislo is a community of enthusiastic readers, so that means we have many books going out and then coming back in. To help us keep books on the shelves for our readers, we could always use some help shelving. Even though I am only at Sanislo Tuesday through Thursday, we can always use shelving help on Monday and Friday. 

Contact Info

Susan Finnegan
Phone: 206-252-8402


Tuesday (1/2 day)
7:55 - noon
Wednesday and Thursday
7:55 - 2:05

Helpful Links

Library Catalog
SPS Online Resources

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