Welcome to the Tongass School Library page.  My name is Sandi Blair, or as the kids call me, Ms. Sandi. I was born and raised in Ketchikan and fun fact, my husband spent his elementary school years in our very building when it was known as Valley Park.  This coming September we will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.  We have 3 children ages 16, 20 and 23.  We couldn’t think of a better place to raise them.  We love getting out in our boat and fishing and crabbing and when we find time camping at area Forest Service cabins.  I have been at Tongass School for 9 years and this is my 6th year as Librarian.  I especially love the fact that I get to see and interact with each student in our school each week. 

 I am our building’s Battle of the Books rep and I coach the 3rd and 4th grade BOB kids each year.  This is a fun and exhausting time, all the same I look forward to it each year!  Also, I would like to thank all you families who support the two book fairs we have each year that help bring extra reading materials to our shelves.  It is fun to see the Library transform into to a new and magical space for the week that it happens. If you ever have questions pertaining to the Library or if there is some way I might be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to ask!

As always, 

Happy Reading!

Book Readings

Notes from the Library:

Hi Thunderbirds!  I miss your smiles and I want to make sure you are not missing out on reading!

I have a couple sites for you to check out. 

 Audible has made a generous offer that makes their audio book service free to students as long as schools are closed. Please check it out there are some great titles to listen to.

Junior Library Guild is another great resource at this time.  There are many great choices of ebooks to keep you occupied. There are some great picture books too for our younger readers.

While the Public Library is closed right now, Alaska Digital Library is still available through Libby or Overdrive.  As School Librarians, we have been informed that they have ordered digital copies of the upcoming Battle books which were available. ( about 40!)

Here is a video from Beth Brandt- Erichsen, the Librarian at Fawn Mountain with tips on how to use the Alaska Digital Library. If you need help finding your library number please email me at

I have made up Tentative lists for both the 3/4 and 5/6  reading lists for next year. Take a peek and look on overdrive , they should be available as soon as tomorrow!

I sure miss you guys! I hope you are staying well and as always happy reading!

Ms Sandi

3rd & 4th Grade Tentative Battle of the Books List

Bee the change, by James Preller

Bob, by  Wendy Mass

Boy called Bat. by Elana Arnold

Douggie: the playful pup who became a sled dog hero,  by Pam Flowers

Dying to meet you, by Kate Klise

EllRay Jake is not a chicken,  by Sally Warner

March of the mini beasts, by Ada Hopper               

Moo. by Sharon Creech

Stargazing, by Jen Wang                  

Turtle in paradise, by Jennifer Holm                       

Water Horse, by Dick King-Smith

Wild robot, by Peter Brown

Alternate titles:

Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestle, by Steve Sheinkin

Bad beginning,  by Lemony Snicket

Creature of the Pines,  by Adam Gidwitz

Polar bear vs. grizzly bear,  by Jerry Palotta

Ricky Ricotta’s mighty robot, by Dav Pilkey

Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s super-soaking stream of inventions, by Chris Barton


*This list in still in tentative form so any combination of twelve may be in the final list.

5th & 6th Grade Tentative Battle of the Books List

Amal unbound, by  Aisha Saeed,

Bud, not Budd.  by  Christopher  Paul Curtis

Dactyl Hill Squad, by Daniel Jose Older

Enginerds, by Jarrett Lemer

Front desk, by Kelly Yang

Guts, by Raina Telgemeir

Out of my mind, by Sharon Draper

Parker Inheritance, by Varian Johnson

Screaming Staircase. by Jonathan Stroud

Skeleton Tree, by Iain Lawrence

The thing about Jellyfish. by Ali Benjamin

What is the women’s rights movement?  by Deborah Hopkinson


Alternate titles:

Girl who drank the moon, by Kelly Barnhill

Harbor Me, by  Jacqueline Woodson

Sal and Gabi break the universe. by Carlos Hernandez

Someday birds, by Sally Pia

Song for a whale, by Lynne Kelly

Wishing Spell, by Chris Colfer


*This list in still in tentative form so any combination of twelve may be in the final list.

Photos from the library