Our Library

Set up of the Library (Helena Goessens Photography)

A vital part of language acquisition is reading. We are extremely fortunate to offer a fully-automated lending library which is officially called the “KrisJann VanOpdorp Bücherei an der Deutschen Sonnabendschule Boston” in recognition of one of the library’s founding parent.

Students, teachers and parents have access to our school library throughout the academic year.  It is not an understatement to say that the library serves as one of the central meeting points on Saturday mornings.

The library has a comprehensive collection of German books, magazines, DVDs, CDs and computer software for all ages. The library sets up an account for each new family at the beginning of the school year. Family members can check out library items by providing their last name and address. The library is open Saturdays during school. The library holds two fund-raisers during the year (“Dankeschön Program)”, giving families the opportunity to thank their children’s teachers and to make a contribution to the library. Funds are used to acquire new books, movies and software, and for special projects, such as upgrading equipment.

Library At-A-Glance

  • Founded: in 1993 by parents as “Deutsche Elternbücherei an der Sonnabendschule”
  • Endowed to the Saturday School: in 2006
  • # of items: approx. 8,000
  • School Committee Liaison to the Library: Annette Sievers (email)
  • Library Co-Managers: Yolyett Hohmann and Gwen Junghanss (email)
  • Library Hours (on regular school days): 9.15AM to 12PM.
  • Annual Fleamarket: Fall and Spring (dates are on the calendar)
Library Time (Helena Goessens Photography)

Library Time (Helena Goessens Photography)

Library Mission, Milestones and Lending Policies

The library is valued by teachers, students and parents alike. It has grown over its now more than 20 years of existence and it is continuously kept relevant through the acquisition of new and popular items. Here are links to the Library’s current mission, its lending policy and a collection of its milestones since it was founded in 1993:

Library Mission and Objectives
2016-2017 Library Lending Policy
Library Milestones

Did you know…

  • …the library Co-Managers collect donated books and materials for an annual fleamarket in the early spring?
    • Donations are accepted up to the day of the fleamarket and proceeds go towards new books and materials for the library.
  • …the Kaffee-Ecke is located in the Cafeteria next to the library and you can buy coffee and donated cake every Saturday that school is in session?
    • The proceeds go towards new books and materials for the library.
  • …the library runs a wonderful fundraiser called the Dankeschön Program?
    • Twice a year which gives families the opportunity to thank their children’s teachers and to make a contribution to the library Funds are used to acquire new books, new materials, and for special projects, such as upgrading equipment. Please click here to download a PDF of this year’s form.

Library Reference Guide

Thema der Woche Corner: weekly exhibits to support holidays and current classroom topics whenever requested by teachers

Color System for Books (see spine of each book)*
green: Fiction (Erzählungen)
yellow: Picture Books (Bilderbücher)
red: Fairy Tales/Poetry (Märchen/Dichtung/Musik)
blue: Educational (Sachkunde) by level of difficulty
T/light green: Teenager/Mature themes (Jugendliteratur)
light blue: Sachbücher Serien
purple: Oversized books
orange: Comics

*Note that inside the front cover may be a sticker to signify that the Library offers this particular title in other media, i.e. on audiocassette, video and/or CD-ROM.

The Reading Scale (Leseleiter) classified by level of difficulty, not by class, ALPHABETICALLY by series within each category:
A: Beginners (Anfänger)
F: First reader (Fibel)

1A: Age 5 on
1B: Age 6 on (parental assistance needed; Age 10 on without parental assistance)
1C: Age 7 on
2: Age 8 on etc. through 10: Age 16 on

DVD

(various system formats) window boxes and NTSC (American system format) Video shelves sorted by difficulty, topic and series, ALPHABETICALLY within each category

K-1 (yellow): Ages 4 to 6
AP (yellow): Augsburger Puppenkiste, Bob der Baumeister, Benjamin Blümchen, Briefe von Felix, Drommie Videoreihe
K-2 (dark green): Ages 6 to 12 Asterix, Tim und Struppi, Fünf Freunde, Die wilden Fussballkerle
T-12 (light green): Teenagers
T-17 (orange): Adults
KL (purple): Klassiker
S (blue): Sachkunde
Mä (red): Märchen