Sunset Elementary School

Library

MANY THANKS

Our Scholastic Book Fair was successful at getting books in the hands of our students.  Goal accomplished!  The profits will also allow us to get additional books for our school library.  Secondary goal accomplished!  The book fair wouldn't have been possible without your patronage and the assistance of many volunteers.  We appreciate volunteers:  Runjun and Sanskriti Agarwal, Pam Mayhew, Celene Resong, Akiko Kojima-Farley, Krista Lund, Alleyson and Vincent Winderl, Kristen and Parker Larrabee, Kat and Rowan Weiss. Thanh and Taye Ansavananda, Dottie Sherman, Carrie Williams, Janice, Delaney and Merlin Newton, Adina, Brandon and Seth Raborn, Julie Hansen, Kristine Carroll, Yanee Dolruedej and Larissa and Anika Bolanos and Gretchen Reynolds.

 

MORE THANKS

We'd like to thank the Josefa Higuera Livermore Chapter of the National Society Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR) for their fundraising efforts to donate books to every school in the Livermore School District.  We've been honored to receive their contributions for many years and this year's selections connect us to important events in American History.

 


 

 

BESIDES THE BOOK FAIR, WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING IN THE LIBRARY?

The books we've shared include a wonderful connection to our Week of Kindness sponsored by our school's P.T.O.  We've been reading the books nominated for The California Young Reader Medal program which encourages recreational reading of popular literature among the young people of our state. If You Plant a Seed helps readers to understand that spreading a seed of kindness is more beautiful than spreading a seed of selfishness.  We are voting for our Sunset favorites and the state winner will be announced in May.

 


 

Third graders were fortunate to meet author, Russell Ginns, and describe his writing Samantha Spinner and the Super Secret Plans.  We thank Towne Center Books in Pleasanton for bringing this free assembly to our school.  It's wonderful having a local bookstore!

Great Resources for Finding Books

Parents and students frequently ask for help in finding that next book to read.  Besides myself, friends, teachers and their extended community, students should look at the following websites for suggestions.

  • LIVERMORE PUBLIC LIBRARY: 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. Students in our school district can 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

  • GUY'S READ: A web-based literacy program for boys founded by author and First National Ambassador of Young People's Literature-John Scieszka. The link is: http://www.guysread.com/
  • 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.

ACCELERATED READER (AR)

Some classes are using this program in the classroom.  The library is no longer continuing The AR Wall of Fame or The AR Wall of Recognition. Students cannot take tests at home, but students and parents can use the following links to check reading levels on books at home using AR Book Finder.  You can also check a student's AR progress at home using HOME CONNECT.  

Library Hours

Our school library is open most mornings before school.  The doors open at 8:15 a.m. except for Thursdays morning.   You may check in or check out books or take AR quizzes.  The library is open briefly after school every day for the same purposes.  We hope to see you there! 

Volunteers in the Classroom

I Love PARENT VOLUNTEERS!!!  If you would be interested in helping in the Library especially with book shelving first thing in the morning you can reach me at: lsimons@lvjusd.k12.ca.us

Sunset Library Catalog

For Sunset School Student Instruction

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