South Hillsborough Library


Current Library News:

Reading Challenge Celebrations: Congratulations to all the students who finished the Reading Challenge for 2017-18! Cupcakes, an invitation to the movie, the special t-shirts, and a coupon to the upcoming Book Fair will be delivered on Tuesday, May 8th.  The celebration pizza and ice cream party along with movie night will take place on Thursday, May 10th from 5 pm to 7:15 pm in the South library.

Permission slips needed for Reading

Challenge Movie: All students who completed the Reading Challenge will need to have a signed permission sheet to see the special movie on Thursday, May 10th.  Permission slips are available in the library. 

Upcoming Book Fair: The Scholastic Spring Book Fair is coming!  The Fair will be open from Thursday, May 17th until Friday, May 25th.  The Book Preview will take place at noon on Thursday, May 17th in the library, and there will be special student shopping days both Fridays and Wednesday, May 23rd at lunch.  The Fair will also be open before school on Wednesday, May 23rd as well as late on Open House, on Thursday, May 24th.  Come get some great books for summer reading as well as next year’s Reading Challenge, this summer’s Reading Challenge, and next year’s Battle of the Books program!

Amazing Spring Author Visits: South is incredibly lucky to have five amazing authors visiting in April, May, and June.  First, on Thursday, April 19th, Obert Skye talked to fourth and fifth graders about his fantasy/adventure chapter book entitled Wizard for Hire.  Next, on Wednesday, May 2nd, graphic novelists Vera Brosgol and Hope Larson spoke to third through fifth graders about their new books, Be Prepared and All Summer Long. On Friday, May 4th, Amy Ephron shared with third through fifth graders the stories behind her newest novel, Carnival Magic, the companion to her debut novel Castle in the Mist.  The year will conclude with a visit from the Katherine Applegate on June 6th.  Ms. Applegate will be speaking to the entire school and celebrating the library’s very own Wishtree.  Katherine Applegate’s books will be available at the upcoming Book Fair or order forms are available in the library now. 

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.

Incredible Winter Author Assemblies: South students warmly greeted Judd Winick on his return visit to South School on Thursday, January 18th. The entire school came to his assembly to learn more about the Hilo series and his journey as an illustrator.  Students particularly enjoyed his stories from his first grade classroom.  Best of all, they couldn’t wait to start reading the fourth installment of the Hilo series, Waking the Monsters.   For more about Mr. Winick’s visit, click here.

On December 18th, the younger South students were delighted to meet Arjun Rihan, who worked on the recent Pixar movie Coco and has just written his first children’s picture book, The Wrong Stripes.  Students loved the story of Rudy whose stripes zag instead of zig.  Learn more about his visit by clicking here.

On February 7th, fourth and fifth grade students had the opportunity to hear Newbery and National Book Award winner Cynthia Kadohata speak about her latest book, Checked, about a boy who puts on hold his dream to play hockey in order to pay for chemotherapy for his beloved Doberman.  Copies are available for check out now and more information about Ms. Kadohata is available by clicking here.


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 Hello, Universe (the Newbery Medal winner!), Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (a Newbery Honor book), Wolf in the Snow (the Caldecott Medal winner), and Big Cat, Little Cat (a Caldecott 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.

Tiger Den Transformation: Wishtree. The entire South community read the novel Wishtree by Katherine Applegate because of the powerful and timely themes it contains, including empathy, tolerance, friendship, cooperation, and respect for nature. The library stage (aka The Tiger Den) has been transformed in celebration of South’s reading.  It now has a large Wishtree on which each member of the South community placed a wish on March 30th.   Many thanks to the wonderful parents and grandparent who made the Wishtree a reality--Jessica Zucker, Amy Lin, Mia Alioto, Jennifer Sepulveda, Carolyn Lorber, and Jim Lee.  We plan to have its beautiful spreading canopy grace the Tiger Den for many years!