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Welcome to the Branch Library!  My name is Mrs. Pryor and I am the librarian for all the amazing kids out here at Branch. I myself love to read so this is a dream job for me!   Our library is fortunate to have a variety of books.  I love to hear what the kids are interested in reading so I keep an ongoing list in the library to give the kids an opportunity to write down suggestions of what they would like to see on our library shelves.
 
Happy reading!
 
 
 Library News:
 
August 2018:
 
I hope the summer treated you all well!  My summer seemed to fly by and was more like Winter break than summer vacation!  I had an amazing summer going to Hawaii with my family.  We have a ton of new books so I can't wait to see how excited the kids are when they see our new selection.  I hope you have an amazing 2018-2019 school year!  
 
"Reading never wears me out" - Olivia, Ian Falconer
Olivia the Pig - Always Accessorize Figurine 
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May 2018:
 
Our final book fair for this school year will be held Monday May 14th through Friday May 18th in the library.  Our hours will be before school, lunch and after school until 3:45.  The book fair will also be opened 1/2 hour before open house on Thursday May 17th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Your kids will be able to buy books during their library time as well.  
 
A book fair flyer will be sent home with our child.  Please see letter attached to the flyer and don't forget to send tax!  This is a fund raiser for the library.  You can also order from our online book fair.  Just click on the link Online Scholastic Book Fair.   All orders will be shipped to the school.  Thank you so much for supporting our book fair and the library!
 
 
Congratulations to our 2018 Battle of the Books team, Colby Schmidt, Peyton Ernest, Daniel Dixon, Kennedy Brough and Ryan Barr!  We are so proud of our kids!  Between all of the teammates they read a total of 30 books combined.  Very impressive!!  We kept our 1st place spot at the second annual Battle of the Books hosted by Kelci Gonzalez and Oceano Elementary School on Friday April 20th for the day of questions, prizes and pizza.   
 
Battle of the Books team and first place winners!
 
April 2018:
 
I hope everyone had a successful and relaxing Spring break!  This month we read "Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon" by Patty Lovell, "The Fintastic Fishsitter" by Mo O'Hara, "Here we are - notes for living on planet earth" by Oliver Jeffers in celebration of Earth Day and followed up with a video from "The Lorax", "Let it Grow" song.  We ended the month of April and started off  May with a book about courage and treating others how you would like to be treated, "Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun" by Maria Dismondy and watched Kid President's Guide to making a new friend.
 
 
March 2018:
 
Happy Spring!   Read across America was on Dr. Seuss' birthday Friday March 2nd.  We celebrated by having Mrs. Dennison and Mrs. Dixon read "Interrupting Chicken" by Ezra Stein to the classes that signed up to have them visit.  
March books:  "After the Fall" by Dan Santat with a video showing a different ending to the traditional "Humpty Dumpty".  "Girl who thought in pictures, story of Dr. Temple Grandin" by Julia Mosca along with a video interview or Dr. Grandin.
 
February 2018:
 
New books came this month!  The kids and I get so excited when we get new books in!  
 
We continued this month with our voting books.  The Voting books were "The Snatchabook" by Helen and Thomas Docherty and Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio.  The rest of the month were books that were not on the list.  We read "Dragon was Terrible" by Greg Pizzoli and ended the month with "There's a Wocket in my Pocket" to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday March 2nd.  The kids were also shown a short BrainPop Jr. video on Dr. Seuss and his life.  
 
 
January 2018:
 
Welcome back!  A sure hope everyone had a nice Holiday!  We came back to start the California Young Reading Medal books.  There are 5 books read to the classes in 5 weeks and the kids get a chance to vote on which one they liked the best.  Stay tuned to hear the results at the end of the school year.
 
The books we read this month were:  "Book with No Pictures" by B.J. Novak, "If you Plant a Seed" by Kadir Nelson and "Night Animals" by Gianna Marino.
  
December 2017:
 
Lots of activity surrounded the month of December.  We had book fair which was very successful along with story hour.  The highlight of our month was our assembly with Wendelin Van Draanen, the author of "Flipped", "Shredderman",  "Gecko and Sticky" and many more.  Mrs. Van Draanen  was kind enough to personally sign a copy of "Shredderman" and her new book "The Running Dream" for each student from 2-6th grades.   This would not have been possible without the amazing support of the PTO.  A huge thank you to the PTO for purchasing the copies of the books and Mrs. Martin for organizing it.  
 
Thank you to all who supported the library at the book fair.  The money raised will go to new books for the library.   It was a successful week with a fun story hour.  Thank you to our 6th grade guest readers, Eli Peterson, Liam Lacabe, Elliott Cookson and our wonderful Principal, Mrs. Dixon.  Looking forward to our May book fair which will be the week of open house.
 
November 2017:
 
This month flew by!  Our read alouds this month were: "Itty Bitty Kitty" by Joan Holub and "Snowman at Night" by Caralyn Buehner.  During the minimum week the kids were read a story using the South County library website, hoopla, and enjoyed "Don't let the pigeon drive the bus" by Mo Willems.  To go with the "Itty Bitty Kitty" theme, a short video was shown about a cat watching a scary movie, which the kids loved and we all laughed at the cat's reaction.
 
October 2017:
 
Our October read alouds in the library this month were:  "Quit Calling Me a Monster!" by Jory John, "Olivia and the Missing Toy" by Ian Falconer, "Blackout" by John Rocco, "Nightsong" by Avi Berk and we are finishing up the month with "Randy Riley's Really Big Hit" by Chris Van Dusen.   
 
For the 3rd - 6th grade classes we played "Let's do the dewey" game that teaches the kids how to locate books in the library using the dewey decimal system.  The kids really seemed to enjoy the game. 
 
We received a big shipment of new books this month which is a highlight for the kids!  Lots of fun books for the kids to explore.
 
 
September 2017:
 
Welcome back!!  So excited to see all the kiddos after what seemed to be a very short summer. I have re-arranged the library (again) to make room for all the new books we have purchased.  It has been so much fun to see the students excited over the new selection of books.  

2016-2017 School Year: 
 
May 2017:   LMUSD held the first Battle of the Books hosted by Oceano Elementary School.  Mrs. Dixon and I took a group of 6 students from 4th - 6th grades to the competition.  To compete in the competition each student had to read a minimum of 6 books.  There was a total of 30 books read between the 6 students.  It was a tough competition, but was a fun day filled with prizes and pizza.  Our team took 1st place!  I was so proud of our kids and how hard they worked.  A big congratulations to Daniel D, Ryan B, Peyton E, Colby S, Harry P and Carlos L. 
 
Story night also took place in May and we had an excellent turn out.  Our readers, Corbin W, Carlos L, Hunter W and our very own Mrs. Dixon each read a book in the library to the kids.  They then came back over to the MPR where they decorated cookies, did some art, camping word searches and then ate the cookies they decorated with lots of frosting and sprinkles (then we sent them home.)  The camping story night was a huge success.  Thank you to all who supported the library by purchasing items from our book fair during the week and for bringing your children to story night. A huge thank you to Mrs. Robbins (and Mr. Robbins) for organizing and working daily at the book fair and to all the volunteers who helped during the week.