Library Overview

Library Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Welcome to the Sts. Simon & Jude School Library and Media Center. Librarians, Mrs. Garcia and Mrs. Shively, along with parent volunteers, staff the library. The library maintains an inventory of approximately 14,000 books including reference books, encyclopedias, magazines, biographies, fiction and non-fiction books, and books on CD. The library catalog and circulation of materials are computerized and computers are also available for research. We have access to the Internet and World Book Encyclopedia on all computers for school purposes. World Book Online can be accessed from home at www.worldbookonline.com User Name: rebel1 Password: dolphin

Every student beginning in TYKE is assigned a library account number. Students are invited to use the library during recess and lunch periods, as well as their scheduled class time (grades Tyke-5th). Books are available for student checkout, most for a two-week loan. Many reference books may be checked out overnight. Students in 6th grade and up may check out Young Adult books, and 8th grade students may check out from the 8th grade only collection. A written parent note is the only exception to this rule.

In general, the number of books students may have checked out at one time is:

  • TYKE – one book
  • Kindergarten – one book
  • First Grade – two books
  • Second Grade – two books
  • Third Grade – three books
  • Fourth-Eighth Grade – four books

Parents are encouraged to bring their child into the library and check out additional books with them at any time. A Parent Library also has titles available for checkout. Two book return boxes are located in the school hallway outside the library and another in the Junior High wing. Overdue notices are sent home monthly reminding students to return books. Students are expected to return books on time or renew as needed.

Accelerated Reading: “Kids who read succeed!” Students in grades 2-7 are required to participate in the AR program. Students set individual goals each trimester with their teacher and agree to strive to accumulate that number of reading points from a booklist of over 10,000 titles. The bulletin board in the main hallway acknowledges every student as they work on reaching their personal goal for that trimester. A reading assembly is held at the end of the school year to honor all reading achievements.

The library sponsors a Scholastic Book Fair each year during the week of Parent-Teacher conferences. All proceeds benefit the library and help us increase our book inventory.

Any questions about the library and its programs should be directed to librarians, Marta Shively or Petra Garcia. They can be contacted in the library at 714-962-1602 or via email: mshively@ssjschool.org or pgarcia@ssjschool.org.