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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:
 
May 2019:
 
Save the date!  Book Fair is May 13th through May 17th.  We have a new company we are trying out and feedback from other Elementary Schools in our District have all been very positive.  Follett online book fair.
 
Book Fair Hours:  Monday before school at 9:40, recess and after school until 3:45.  Tuesday - Thursday before school, recess and after school until 3:45.  Friday before school and recess only, NO AFTER SCHOOL BOOK FAIR ON FRIDAY.  Book fair will not be open during lunch.  We will be open before open house from 5:00 - 6:45.  Hope to see you there!  
 
 
April 2019:
 
April books:  "Surfer Dog" by Eric Walters followed by a YouTube video of the 2018 Purina Pro large dog surfing winner, "Nutley the Nut Free Squirrel" by Stephanie Sorkin with a BrainPop Jr video dealing with Alleriges, "Nanette's Baguette" by Mo Willems made us all want to go home and eat a fresh baguette and ended our month after a relaxing Spring Break with "Happy Dreamer" by Peter H. Reynolds. 
 
Congratulations to our Battle of the Books team, Daniel Dixon, Kennedy Brough, Zachary Weichinger, Luke Hobbs, Violet Folkrod and Callie Barker  Our team came in 2nd this year held at Oceano Elementary School.  We are so proud of the kids! 
 
 
 
 
March 2019:
 
"Nerdy Birdy Tweets" by Aaron Reynolds was our first look into our March books.   Cute story about who your real friends are regarding social media.  The rest of the month we played tribute to amazing Women for National Women's month.  "Audrey Hepburn - Little People Big World" by M. Isabel Sanchez Vegara, "Malala's Magic Pencil" by Malala Yousafzai and watched a Brainpop video on her life (Kindergarten and 1st grade was read "Stuck" by Oliver Jeffers") and "The Tree in the Courtyard Looking through Anne Frank's Window) along with a Brainpop video about Anne Frank.

February 2019:
 
We started our month with the last two books for our CYRM award books.  "Mother Bruce" by Ryan T. Higgins and "Samson in the Snow by Philip Christian Stead.  Stay tuned for the results for our school.  We will not know until near the end of the year which book won out of all the participating schools throughout the State.
 
Other books that were read this month:  "Leave me Alone" by Vera Brosgol and in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2nd we watched the book "Green eggs and Ham" on YouTube this week. 
 
 
 
January 2019:
 
Happy New Year!  I hope this break was amazing for you and your family.  Getting back in the groove is always difficult for everyone, but the kids did amazing!
 
We always start January off with our books the kids get to vote on for the California Young Reader Medal Award.  The next 5 weeks will consist of the nominated books and at the end the kids will vote on their favorite book and receive a "I Voted" sticker if they chose to have one.
 
Voting books:  "The Bear and the Piano" by David Litchfield, "If you Ever want to bring an Alligator to school, Don't" by Elise Parsley, and "I Don't want to be a Frog" by Dev Petty.
 
December 2018:
 
BOOK FAIR!!!!  This year's book fair was a big success.  Thank you to the volunteers who helped with the book fair and story hour.  We had a great turn out and most of all it's so much fun to watch the kids get so excited about reading.
 
Our December books were "Spoon" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and the last week before break we watched a variety of videos that were winter inspired.  The kids turned in all their library books before break.  It is difficult to keep track of library books with such a long break.  
 
November 2018:
 
We had a very short month with parent/teacher conferences and Thanksgiving.  "Because of an Acorn" by Lola Schaefer we learned how one little acorn can make a big impact on the world.  "Turkey Trouble" which was a youtube video inspired by the book.
The last week the kids were able to watch what was up and coming at the bookfair in December.
 
October 2018:
 
Getting ready for the spooky month we centered our reading around "Scarier" books.
 
"Elwood and the Witch" by Nicholas Heller, "Mary McScary" by R.L. Stine, "Flashlight Night" by Matt Esenwine which was followed by a Dr. Binocs video on youtube about Shadows, "Fright Night Flight" by Laura Melmed and closed our month with another fun tale with Jasper Rabbit in "Creepy Pair of Underwear" by Aaron Reynolds.
 
September 2018:
 
Along with a big welcome back to the kids we went over library rules to remind them how we care for our books, walking in the library and using our library voices. 
 
Books we enjoyed this month:
 
"The Truth about my Unbelievable Summer" by Davide Cali, "The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore" by William Joyce.  We enjoyed a short video clip of the movie as well.  "Hello Hippo! Goodbye Bird" by Kristyn Crow was followed by an educational youtube clip on Hippopotamus' .  "There's a Bear on My Chair" by Ross Collins, "Hotel Bruce" by Ryan T. Higgins, with a youtube clip on Migratory Birds by Dr. Binocs ended our month.
 
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.