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2017 Book Award Winners!

Follow this link ( for the 2017 winners of the John Newbery Medal, the Randolph Caldecott Medal, and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards!

The Horn Book Award Winners

Follow this link to learn about the most recent book awards:

The 10th Annual Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards Announced

Learn about the books chosen by children and teens.  Follow this link:

Best Multicultural Books of 2016

Follow this link (  to CSMCL's list of Best Multicultural Books of 2016!


Vista Library


Students and families are welcomed to visit the library before school starts from 7:45am to 8:05 Monday to Thursday.  The library is also opened from 2:15pm to 2:45pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.  On Wednesday, the library is open from 1pm to 1:15pm. The library is closed on Friday.   Students with a parent are able to check out additional books.  Students are also able to take AR quizzes.  Come and check out what is new.

"CHECK-OUT" the Library News
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Family Stories "Wraps Up" by Creating a Quilt in the Library!
Family Stories
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New: Become a Reading Ninja
New: Become a Reading Ninja

Early Reader Essentials

Ready by 9 - How to Raise a Reader Guide (Bilingual!)

Click on this link for a colorful, bilingual guide to helping your child become a reader by the age of 9.  There are wonderful book suggestions.  This is an LA Times publication.

Why We Should Read Aloud to our Children

Here is a great argument (a TEDtalk by Rebecca Bellingham)  about the value of reading aloud to our children.  I am happy to report that the Vista Library as all of the books Ms. Bellingham makes reference to during her talk.

Why Read Aloud?
Why Read Aloud?

Vista Library Policies and Offerings

Vista Library has books for all ages and reading levels including, but not limited to: picture books, easy books, nonfiction, fiction, and fiction series novels.


Our library is in Room 20 in the back of our school but well worth the trip!


Students and parents are welcomed in the library at around 7:45 am before school, and after school until 2:45 pm, or 1:15 pm on Wednesdays. The library is closed on Fridays.


Kindergarteners may check out one book at a time for one week.

First, Second, Third, and Fourth graders may check out two books for up to two weeks. 

Fifth and Sixth graders may check out four books for up to two weeks.


Books can be returned or renewed at any time, but if a student has even ONE overdue book, no new materials may be checked out.


I am Ms. Marshall, the librarian, and I welcome parents to the library. I change the decor in the library for different events and seasons. Come in and see what has changed since your last visit!

Libary Schedule 2017-2018


7:45 - 8:05 am - Open

8:10 - noon - Closed/RtI

12:00 - 12:30 pm - Ms. Tucker, Room 2

12:30- 1:05 pm - Mr. O'Reilly, Room 10

1:05 - 1:40 pm - Ms. Holsheimer, Room 12

1:40 - 2:15 pm - Mr. Johnson, Room 13

2:15 - 2:45 pm Open



7:45 - 8:05 am - Open

8:10 - noon - Closed/RtI

12:00 - 12:30 pm - Ms. McDaniels, Room 4

12:30- 1:05 pm - Ms. Hines-Marin, Room 6

1:05 - 1:40 pm - Mr. Forlenza, Room 17

1:40 - 2:15 pm - Closed

2:15 - 2:45 pm Open




7:45 - 8:05 am - Open

8:10 - noon - Closed/RtI

12:00 - 12:30 pm - Ms. Tran, Room 10

12:30- 1:00 pm - Ms. Ruitz, Room 5

1:00 - 1:15 pm - Open



7:45 - 8:05 am - Open

8:10 - noon - Closed/RtI

12:00 - 12:30 pm - Mr. D'Emilio, Room 3

12:30- 1:05 pm - Ms. HolBrook, Room 11

1:05 - 1:40 pm - Ms. Garcia, Room 9

1:40 - 2:15 pm - Ms. Parker, Room 14

2:15 - 2:45 pm Open





New Books Have Arrived!

We have once again been able to add a number of wonderful new books to our library. We also acquired several nonfiction books about animals and biographies written at a lower grade level.


Additionally, we received the following award-winners:


The Newbery Medal

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon" written by Kelly Barnhill
  • "Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives, Dreams Brought to Life" written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan.  (This is also a Corretta Scott King Honor book  for the author and illustrator.)



The Caldecott Medal

  • "Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear" illustrated by Sophie Blackall and written by Lindsay Mattick
  • "Waiting" illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes (also a Geisel Honor Book)


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  • "Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir" by Margarita Engle
  • "Mango, Abuela, and Me" illustrated by Angela Dominguez and written by Meg Medina
  • "The Drum Dream Girl" illustrated by Rafael López and written by Margarita Engle
  • "Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras" illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh


Students love graphic novels and we were able to add a new series about the heroes of the American Revolution.  We do have additional copies of Raina Telgemeier series The Baby-Sitters Club based on Ann M. Martin's novels as well as the Babymouse series, among others.


There are many more that our students have been enjoying!

Accelerated Reader

The purpose of Accelerated Reader is to encourage reading on a regular basis, which increases skills and promotes a love of reading. As part of their language arts program, upper-grade students will have personal reading goals for each trimester. The three components of these goals are Average % Correct, Points Earned, and Average Book Level. We hope everyone will work toward their personal reading goals and experience the enjoyment that a good book can bring!


The following are two options to help you identify a book's Reading Level when at a bookstore or public library:

  • Click here for a link to "AR BookFinder," a free website where you can enter the ISBN of a book to identify its Reading Level.

  • Click here for a link to "BookScanner," a more convenient, albeit paid iOS App where you can use your phone's camera to scan a book's ISBN and identify its Reading Level.