Sunset Elementary School

Library

FRIENDS ARE EAGER TO HEAR A STORY IN THE LIBRARY!  WE LOOK FORWARD TO CLASSES COMING IN NEXT WEEK!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the Sunset School Library webpage.  My name is Louise Simons and this is my 13th year as the Library Media Specialist here at Sunset and my 19th year of being in this role in the Livermore School District.  I think I have the best job!  I get to see EVERY student in Sunset School once a week and be part of the team that encourages our students to read and discover information in various places especially books!  That team includes you, the parent, and your child's teacher.  I'm sure you'll agree, it's a powerful responsibility we have.  While I haven't personally read every one of the over 17,000 books in the library, together our team will guide and encourage successful readers.  I have a great program planned this year for our students.  They will have the chance to learn about books and using the library, hear a story and be able to check out book(s) every week.  TK and Kindergarten students will check out one book. First Grade students check out one book at the beginning of the year and when their teacher and I feel they are ready for the responsibility of two books, we will amend that number of books to two.  Third Grade students check out two books and Fourth and Fifth Grade students check out two or more books depending on their needs for a weekly check out.  They will not be able to check out a book if they have a book that is overdue. I look forward to a wonderful year meandering the "book walk" with your student!

Library Hours

Our school library is open every morning before school.  The doors open at 8:15 a.m. every morning except for Thursday morning.  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!

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.

Scholastic Book Fair and Used Book Exchange

Our annual Scholastic Book Fair will be the week of Spring Conferences, March 12 - 16, 2018.  At the end of the year, we also have our annual Used Book Exchange where students can turn in gently used books for books other students have finished reading and want to share.  The Used Book Exchange is scheduled for May 30 - June 1, 2018.  Specific information on these programs will follow as we get closer to the events.

ACCELERATED READER

Some classes are using this program in the classroom.  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.  

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

Link to the Sunset Library Catalog