The results are in from our recent Blue Baboon bookfair! Thanks to your generous support, we earned a profit of $435.29 which will be used to purchase new books for the library.

Blue Baboon is a small business right here in Wichita, which we were happy to team with. I was very pleased with their helpful staff and book selection.  I would be interested to hear any comments or suggestions you have, as we plan to have Blue Baboon back with us next fall.  

Thank you again for attending our bookfair and helping to get more good books into the hands of our great kids!


    Book Fair

Shop From Hundreds of great books, and help St.Jude earn free books!

Tuesday, Feb. 6

@ 8am-4pm

Wed., Feb. 7

@ 7:30am-7:30pm

Thurs., Feb 8 

@ 8am-4pm

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I am so thankful to be working at St Jude!        This month I have 3 extra reasons.

1. Our wonderfully supportive P.T.O. has purchased a new scanner and subscription to a cloud based library automation system. I am beyond excited. Once all 13,000+ book records are entered, students, families and teachers will be able to access the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) from school or home on any device to see what books we have, and whether the book they want is available or checked out. And yes, I did mean 13,000+    one- by- one- by -one. Which brings me to "thankful for" reason #2.

2. Awesome parent volunteers: Chris Yeager, Sasha Stiks, Rosa Juarez, Sinthia Sandoval, April Hernandez, Rick Aguilar, Nicole Gichini, Adam Kice, Alicia McMurtray and Emelia Ramirez, who have volunteered to help enter data into the new system.  I imagine this project will take most of the school year, but with so many hands helping, the job will go so much more quickly. THANK YOU PARENTS! 

3. Finally, I am so grateful to the GRBD group who recently made a generous monetary donation to the library in memory of Mr. Roger Haag. Mr. Haag is the grandfather of one of our 5th grade students, and a long time St. Jude parishioner. This donation will be used to purchase non fiction books in the areas of the military and world geography, as Mr. Haag supported members of the GRBD group in their military careers throughout the United States and the world. 

Welcome Back!

2017 - 2018

Each new school year brings mixed emotions for me, and I imagine for you too! I'm always a little sad to see summer come to a close; excited to see familiar faces from last year;  anxious to meet new people;  thankful for this fresh new beginning. 


Whether it's your first year at St Jude's, your ninth, or, like mine, your second....WELCOME! 

Prayer. Fasting. Almsgiving. If your family is like mine, some days it seems like we're running from one activity to another, hopefully all winding up at one spot for dinner (even if it's a fast food meal in the car on the way to something else.) Yes, we do get to mass on Sunday, and our envelope goes in the collection basket. Fasting, not so much. 

Praise God for the season of Lent! Lent reminds me to slow down,  to focus on what is REALLY important- that Jesus died and rose again- for my sin, and for my salvation.

My prayer is that your family and mine  experiences this time, and this place, in the presence of Jesus with a plan to commit to prayer; to fast and abstain from any distractions that get in the way of following Jesus;  and to to give generously from our treasure, time and talent to help those in need in our community and throughout the world.

" Lord, thank you for giving me the season of Lent. Renew my enthusiasm and anticipation as I turn to you each day. Draw me closer!" The Word Among Us. Lent 2017.

 During conferences next month the library will be open during the following hours:

  February 8 -  8:00 am - 1:00 p.m.

  February 9-   8:00 am - 1:00 p.m.

The library has been recently blessed to receive a very generous donation in memory of Mrs. Becky Leonard.  These funds will be used to purchase non-fiction books to replace some of the outdated materials in the library. My goal this year has been to ensure that the students at St Jude have up to date and interesting books to read for pleasure, and to have the library support the curriculum of the school. This donation will go a very long way to achieving this goal. A most sincere thank you to those that donated to this fund, and to the family of Becky Leonard. 

"Eucharist means first of all “thanksgiving” (CCC, 1360). I can think of no better lesson to teach to our students this Thanksgiving week than this. There are many images that express the intense mystery that is the Eucharist, but the Eucharist as thanksgiving is the most appropriate for November. A simple connection that you can help your students make is that every time we celebrate the Eucharist, we share a Thanksgiving meal." Jared Dees. The Religion Teacher. 2009.

Wishing you and yours a very Thankful Thanksgiving!


Book Fair at Barnes & Noble

Come dressed like a Wizard or Muggle!  Be sorted into your Hogwarts House.

You are invited to attend the 9th annual Barnes and Noble @ Bradley Fair book fair on Saturday November 12th benefiting Catholic Schools* who struggle financially.

Visit the Wizarding Photo Station and get a fun Harry Potter-themed picture with Dobby! Crafts include: wand making and snitch building.  Storytime is at 11:30.

Schools will be performing during the day:

9:30 – St. Mary Newton – Choir

10:30 – All Saints – Choir

1:00 – Christ The King – Magic Show

2:00 – St. Patrick - Choir

2:30 – Holy Savior - Choir

Unable to attend but would like to help?  You can send a check by November 4th to a school listed below or  St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund- 424 N. Broadway - Wichita, Ks.  67202.  Please indicate “Book Fair” on the memo line.

These Catholic schools do not have budget to purchase library books for their schools. Our bookfair is their own means to receive new books.

Mention you are with the book fair and participating schools will receive a percentage of each sale which will buy additional books for the schools. Please help us make a difference in reading.


Thanks for helping promote literacy in the schools!!

*List of participating schools: All Saints, Christ the King, Holy Savior, St. Anne, St. Cecilia, St. Joseph,  St. Margaret Mary, St. Patrick, Holy Name – Coffeyville,  St. Mary – Newton

Dear St Jude Families,

Thank you so much for supporting the library with your purchases at our recent Scholastic Bookfair. My goal was $2,000 in  books sold and into the hands of St Jude students.

I am very pleased to report that we surpassed that goal - $2257.62 - thanks  to all of you. Our profit was approximately 40%, which will be used  to purchase new books for the library. 

A GREAT BIG shout out to all of the parents and kids who helped to set up, run and take down the fair. Your support is so appreciated-we couldn't do it without you! St Jude is a great community! THANKS!


I am very excited to join the teaching staff at St. Jude's Catholic School, and I look forward to meeting all of you. 

I am the proud parent of 3 grown children, and grandmother to 5. I have a Master's Degree in Library Science from Emporia State University and most of my library career has been served in different library settings in Colorado. I moved to Wichita 2 years ago to be close to 3 of my grandchildren, who attend school at St. Francis of Assisi.
In my free time I love to spend time with my family, cook, read, explore museums of all kinds, and  shop at the farmer's market or antique shops.
I am excited to share my love of great books; my insatiable curiosity; my passion for research; and my devotion to our Lord and Savior.