South Hillsborough Library


Current Library News:

Summer Reading! Summer is a great time to discover new stories and favorite authors.  Every book a South student reads increases his or her fluency and vocabulary.  To encourage South Students to read this summer, the South Library has a Summer Reading Program.  

Participating students will keep track of the books they read on a reading log.  Each student should read the California Young Reader Medal (CYRM) nominated books for his or her age category and then select age appropriate books for the remaining books until 8 books have been read.  Once a student has read 8 books (including all the CYRM nominated books in the appropriate age category), he or she will become a member of the Summer Reading Club and be eligible for an ice cream party. 

Summer Reading Ice Cream Parties in September 2018: There will be three ice cream parties for summer readers: Primary Books (Sept. 11, 2018), Picture Books for Older Readers (Sept. 12, 2018), and Chapter Books for Intermediate Readers (Sept. 13, 2018).  Students reading nominated books in more than one category may attend more than one party.  At each ice cream party, there will be a book discussion and voting on the CYRM nominated books.

Start the Reading Challenge This Summer:  The new lists for the Long Term Reading Challenge are now available!  Go to the “Reading Challenge” tab at the top to see the book lists and quotes. 

New This Year--Battle of the Books! The “Battle” is a friendly, but competitive, trivia competition based on books in several different genres.  Teams may have 2, 3, or 4 members; all members must be 4th or 5th graders. Teams may register in September 2018. Teams decide on their strategy (for example, each team member can read all ten books or each member of the team can read several titles). The Battle will take place in November 2018. The winner of each school’s Battle will then compete with teams from the other two schools. Teams must be familiar with the following 10 titles: Realistic Fiction: Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly; The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett; Mystery: Book Scavenger: Book 1 by Jennifer Chambliss; The Candymakers by Wendy Mass; Fantasy: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman; A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle; Historical Fiction: Cracker: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata; Adventure: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen; Sports Fiction: Heat by Mike Lupica; Science Fiction: Masterminds: Book 1 by Gordon Korman. Start your reading this summer!!

Amazing Spring Author Visits: South was 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 concluded with warmth and wisdom with a visit from the Katherine Applegate on June 6th.  Ms. Applegate spoke to the entire school about her career as a writer and celebrated the power of wishing. Learn more about these incredible visits by clicking on the “Author Visits and Websites” tab.

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.


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!