Sunset Elementary School


More Books in the Hands of Readers

Even though the months of November and December include days away from our school, we circulated over 7,484 items from November 1 to December 19.  Our readers are voracious and becoming better readers in the process.  AWESOME JOB, SUNSET READERS!


We shared books that made us laugh such as The Magic Word by Tom Barnett, holiday books and historical fiction such as Thank You, Sarah Hale: the Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving and Julia Morgan Built a Castle and books that reinforced our character traits of citizenship and caring such as An Invisible Thread Christmas Story.  We hope you ask your student what was discussed in the library during their weekly visits.  In 15 minutes (of our 30-minute visit), we share a good book or challenge our minds with lessons.


Frequently, our lessons connect to the classroom curriculum.  For instance, we've discussed non-fiction text features in some classes to help them write informational text.  We also celebrated the Hour of Code using information from which encourages students to explore careers in computer programming.  We made a connection between citizenship and the internet when our fifth graders discussed being a good digital citizen.  I always remind students that our discussions in the library are intended to spark conversations at home.


As always, it's a pleasure helping students find their next book.  When they articulate their preferences or share the title of a book they've read before, it makes it easier to find their next read.  Because of the time limitations with their class visits, it's always a good idea to consider coming into the library during the 15 minutes it's open before and after school.  That time frequently allows for some "personal consultation" helping students identify their reading desires.


In thanksgiving, we are grateful for our weekly adult volunteers, Cheryl Irwin, Dottie Sherman and Alleyson Winderl.  Their assistance in returning books to the bookshelves is much needed and appreciated.


Happy Holidays! 

Mrs. Simons

Sunset's Library Media Specialist


This year is off to a great start!

Students were anxious to check out books from our school library and we were eager to welcome them.  August and September are typically spent helping students remember the ways to find a "good fit" book.  We also talked about ways to be respectful and responsible in the library (quiet voices, turning the pages in the corner, returning books on time, using a shelf marker to help keep books in their right "address").  In upper grades,  we began to learn (or were reminded of) how the Library Catalog can be used to find books that would interest us.  There were some wonderful books in various genres read to our students and, in the process, we shared some laughter and some poignant moments.  Excitement about finding that next read was palpable!

  • Total books/materials circulated: 3,991.
  • New books input into software system/processed to make shelf ready: 76.
  • Rescheduled classes that were missing library because of days off/minimum days.
  • Lessons included, but not limited to: What is the beginning/middle/end of the story?  Who/what is the main character of the story? What is the setting of the story? How is dialogue indicated in a book? Did you find any vivid verbs and how did they change the dynamics of the story? Where is information gathered to create a library catalog record? How do a find a book in the library catalog?  4th and 5th:  Halloween Library Catalog search and discussion of answers and what is the most efficient search.  5th: Prepare for first grade checking out two books, one Everybody and one Non-fiction book - Had 5th grader partners choose an Everybody or Non-fiction book and find a book in the opposite category that would pair with it (e.g., Elephant and Piggie Book + non-fiction elephant book).  Had students "wrap" the book as a gift for me to set out for first graders to choose books of a pre-selected topic. 


  • Continued with the "Do You Know?" table toppers.  Students are getting used to looking for the answer to their grade level weekly question without being asked.
  • Gained another volunteer for one hour on Monday mornings.  She will help shelve books.
  • Updated Library link on website. 

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:
  • 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.


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:

Sunset Library Catalog

For Sunset School Student Instruction

Link to the Sunset Library Catalog