South Hillsborough Library


Current Library News:

Congrats to the winners of the pumpkin carving contest! It was an amazing sight last week in the South library--over 54 amazing carved pumpkins were an display.  The creativity and variety were awesome.  Congrats to the following six students whose pumpkins received the most votes from South students, staff, and parents: Natalie S, Clausen S, Mac H, Mila S, Poppy B, and Parker B.

Thanks for supporting the Scholastic Book Fair! Thanks to the entire South community for its support of the recent Scholastic Book Fair. The western dress up day was a huge success--with over 75% of the children dressing up--and the square dancing was incredible.  Look for new books in the library soon!

Reading Tigers: The third Reading Tigers meeting is on Thursday, February 1st! All students need to try to finish the book prior to the meeting, and parents are encouraged to read with their child.  Books are available for check out or purchase in the library (second grade, The World According to Humphrey; third grade, How to Steal a Dog; fourth grade, City of Ember; fifth grade, Tiger Boy), and audio copies of The World According to Humphrey, How to Steal a Dog, and City of Ember (Playaway and CD) are also available.  Click here to see the Reading Tigers schedule for 2017-18, and here to see the books by grade level for the upcoming year. If you have any questions about the program or the next meeting, see Mrs. James or one of the Reading Tigers parent coordinators, Mrs. Deb Crisp, Mrs. Renee Fitzpatrick, or Mrs. Soraya Oliven.

Check out Mrs. James’s new Instagram account:  Mrs. James has created an Instagram account, @thetigerlibrarian, providing book recommendations for parents and students.  There is a short book summary for each title as well as hashtags indicating the main themes of the book.  Plus, if you’re a nature person or just like flowers, you’ll enjoy the unique small bouquets that Mrs. James creates for every new book title she profiles.  Enjoy the photos and also find some great books for  the 2017-18 school year by following @thetigerlibrarian.

Amazing Author Assemblies This Trimester: Second through fifth graders heard from acclaimed picture book and chapter book author Kate Messner on September 1, and PreK through third grade students were entertained by Aaron Reynolds on September 19th.  On Tuesday, October 10th, three authors--Michael Hall, Marcie Colleen, and Tom Sullivan— spoke to kindergarten through second grade as part of their national “Think Big” tour. Their new books (Little i, Love, Triangle, and Blue vs. Yellow respectively) focus on the themes of identity and friendship as well as concepts of letters, shapes, and colors.  Many thanks to Scholastic, Inc. for making the Kate Messner visit possible and to Hicklebee’s books in San Jose for bringing Aaron Reynolds, Michael Hall, Tom Sullivan, and Marcie Colleen to South. Learn more about these visits by clicking here (Aaron Reynolds visit), here (Kate Messner visit), and here (Hall, Sullivan, and Colleen visit).

Finally on Thursday, October 19th, author and illustrator Katherine Roy visited to talk about her beautiful new nonfiction book, How to be an Elephant, as well as her award-winning nonfiction book, Neighborhood Sharks (about the great white sharks who return yearly to the Farallon Islands) to the second through fifth graders.  To learn more about Ms. Roy, click here.

Long Term Reading Challenge for 2017-2018, “Whose Line, What Book.”  The new Reading Challenge lists are out!  Even if your child didn’t start the Reading Challenge this summer, there is plenty of time.  Students have until April 30th to complete their reading.  Click here to learn about the Reading Challenge for Kindergarten through 2nd grade, here to learn about the Reading Challenge for 3rd grade, and here to learn about the Reading Challenge for 4th through 5th grade.  The party celebrating a year of fantastic reading will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The South Hillsborough School Elementary Library contains over 18,000 books.  New books are added weekly.  Stop by today to check out a great new book, including The Girl Who Drank the Moon (the Newbery Medal winner!), Juana and Lucas, and Freedom over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan (a Newbery Honor book).  The latest additions to the library will always be placed on the Birthday Book table, so look there to browse the new books!

Links to Useful Sites:

Search the South collection online.

Learn more about South Hillsborough School by visiting the South website.

For this year’s American Library Association winners, click here.  To view past Newbery winners, click here.

Visit the San Mateo Library website.

Visit the Burlingame Library website.

To search the World Book online from home, you’ll need to visit the San Mateo portal.  Send me an email, and I’ll give you the username and password.

Do you love reading and books? There are many ways to promote literacy plus your child’s love of reading by volunteering in the library this year.  Volunteers are needed to help with book borrowing, book shelving, bookmarks, book repair, book reviews, cataloging, library lessons, the Reading Tigers program, and the book fairs.  Please see Soraya Oliven, Deb Crisp, Renee Fitzpatrick (Reading Tigers parent coordinators), Shannon Seeberan (Library Volunteer coordinator), Amy Lin, Kayoko Wong, or Katherin Baban (Book Fair chairs) if you would like to learn more about the volunteer opportunities in the library this year.

If you would like to volunteer South, remember that all volunteers must sign up online through Konstella and sign a confidentiality agreement. Konstella will help everyone manage the incredible number of volunteer hours given to South each year. The confidentiality agreement is designed to remind all volunteers of the importance of keeping student and school sensitive information private for the well-being of our entire school community.

Join the Judy Goetzl Birthday Book Club! The purchase of new books, CDs, and Playaways for the South Library is made possible by the generosity of the South parent community when donations to the Judy Goetzl Birthday Book Club are made.  If you haven’t already done so, enroll your child today by making a $25, $50 (or greater!) donation.  Forms are available under the “Birthday Books” tab or by clicking here.  The Birthday Book Club is named in honor of Judy Goetzl, South‛s amazing librarian for over 20 years; your contribution ensures that the diverse collection she created will remain current and stimulating.

Display Case Theme: Origami Created by Esmeralda Cabrera! Part of what makes South special is our close knit and talented community. The objects in the display case this month were created by Esmeralda Cabrera, a true supermom and a member of South’s after hours cleaning crew (along with her husband Adrian). Please come by and see the beautiful and unique origami pieces she has created and graciously shared. If you or your child have a interesting collection you’d like to share in the display case, please see Mrs. James. A collection could have been created by any member of the South community (past examples include crocheted animals and a Titanic made from Legos) or collected (past examples include seashells, pinecones, rocks, and Lord of the Rings action figures!).