COMMON SENSE MEDIA is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. They exist because our nation's children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development. As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, they provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume.

This website is being used in the library to instruct our students on the topic of Digital Citizenship including Digital Safety.  Many parents are using this website in advance of purchasing books, tickets to movies and allowing kids to go on websites as it has an excellent REVIEWS section.



Sunset Library Website

Follow this LINK to get to our library's website.

The link is HERE

Library Hours

Our school library is open every morning before school.  The doors open at 8:15 a.m.  You may check in or check out books, take AR tests and use the reference materials for research projects.  The library is open briefly after school every day for the same purposes.  We hope to see you there!


Students cannot take AR tests at home.  However, you can check your student’s progress in AR by going to Home Connect.  You can receive updates on reading progress, view a list of all books that have been read, monitor progress toward goals, see the number of quizzes taken and words read, search for the next book to read, view vocabulary words learned and create e-mail notifications.



You need your student’s username and password to view their records.

About Home Connect

A few families have reported their students AR Points don't match what is reported in HomeConnect.  Remember that HomeConnect is the Renaissance Learning program that allows parents to track their students AR activity from home and will email the parents every time a student takes an AR quiz at school.  

In HomeConnect there is an area marked My Overall Progress to the right of this description is a toggle switch that allows parents to look at activity for the  School Year or just the Current Marking Period.  The default appears to be the Current Marking Period.  Parents will need to toggle to School Year in order to see the points for the entire school year.  This has just become a problem because of the new trimester.  

Hopefully, this will answer any questions/concerns that you or your student's families may have.

Louise Simons
Library Media Specialist
Sunset Elementary School

AR BookFinder


Remember, we have access to every AR quiz available.  This means students can read books from our school library, the public library, home libraries – basically, a book that you obtained anywhere.  To determine a book's reading level, interest level and point value, use AR BookFinder.  


Click AR Book Finder

 You need your student's username and password to view their records.


Thanks to a grant from the Sunset P.T.O., we have access to The TumbleBookLibrary.  The library is a collection of TumbleBooks (talking books) with animated picture, non-animated chapter, non-fiction, Math and foreign language titles, short informational videos and Tumble Puzzles & Games.   Audiobooks are a proven literacy resource, which is why they’ve been used in classrooms for decades. The benefits of listening to audiobooks are many, including enhanced vocabulary, fluency and listening skills. In fact, studies show that when a listening component is added to reading instruction, student achievement increases measurably. Finally, there are specific listening requirements that are spelled out by grade level in the newly adopted Common Core Standards.  No username and password is necessary with this direct LINK


The Livermore Public Library is a great place to supplement our school library.  Not only do they have wonderful books and programs to enjoy, but they have a wonderful database that our students frequently use for school projects.  It’s called Kid's Place.  You'll need a Livermore Public Library card to access the databases. 

As of October, 2013, students in our school district can now get a Livermore Public Library Student Card.  This card entitles students to two items from the children's section (excluding videos or computer games); no fines or bills accrue but no additional items can be checked out until the item(s) are returned.  This card does enable students access to the library's numerous databases used in school projects.  Go to the public library to sign up or see Mrs. Simons in the Sunset Library for an application.

Click Kid's Place