Welcome to the Shell Beach Library Website

"What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it thinks about education"Harold Howe, former U.S. Commissioner of Education

The Shell Beach Elementary School Library is an essential part of shaping our students into lifelong learners. Our purpose is to encourage students to acquire a love of reading for pleasure and information, and to become effective users and producers of information.

Our library has a collection of over 8000 books and periodicals. Resources are current, attractive, and entertaining, and the collection continually evolves to be in accordance with the most recent state standards for elementary education.

February 2020

Our first and second graders have been listening to the California Young Reader Medal books this month. We've heard:

  • The Bad Seed, by John Jory
  • Can I Be Your Dog?, by Troy Cummings
  • The Highest Mountain of Books in the World, by Rocio Bonilla
  • The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors, by Drew Daywalt
  • Let Me Finish!, by Minh Le

And the winner is...

December 2019

The week before vacation is a festive time full of celebration. At Shell Beach we dressed up in various costumes throughout the week. The TK class comes on Thursday which was Wear Plaid Day. Here we are getting our lumberjack on!!

November 2019

The days are short and there's a chill in the air. Now is the perfect time to cosy up with a good book. The following series are the top-circulated titles in our library so far this year. I bet you'd love them too!

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid

2. Dork Diaries

3. Percy Jackson

4. Fly Guy

5. Magnus Chase

6. Harry Potter

7. The Kane Chronicles

8. 13 Story Treehouse books

9. Tales Dark and Grimm

10. Mysterious Benedict Society

October 2019

This year the library is open before school and at morning recess M-F. We're open M-Th at lunch recess. And we're open at afternoon recess and after school M and W only. The library is a busy place with students returning books, checking-out books, researching books, and just reading books!! You can also take an AR quiz, play a game, or do some artwork. Come on in and see what's going on!

September 2019

On September 19th we celebrated Talk Like A Pirate Day in the library. Anyone who came into the library and talked like a pirate got a bookmark and a picture taken. Shiver me timbers, there are so many good pirate stories out there!! AAArrrrggghhh!! Don't be a landlubber, Matey--come in and check one out!!

December 2018

We celebrated Hanukkah in the library this year. From December 2 to December 10 we read books and spun dreidels. It was lots of fun!

November 2018

The first trimester has already come to an end. This means that our first round of AR-a-thon prizes have been handed out. The AR-a-thon is a reading promotion for our 3rd-6th graders. Each student has been given an AR reading goal. (This is the number of minutes per week that they commit to reading. It has nothing to do with their reading level.) Meeting that goal is the standard for our students and is reflected in their report cards. Exceeding that goal allows them to win prizes (generously paid for by our wonderful PTO). The more they read, the better their prize!

3rd grade, 120% of their goal

4th grade, 130% of their goal

5th grade, 140% of their goal

6th grade, 150% of their goal

Check out a few of our amazing students with their 1st trimester prizes.

October 2018

Need some Halloween books that are scary, but not too scary? Some of our favorites are:

  • Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson
  • Sam's First Halloween, by Mary Labatt
  • Four on the Shore, by James Marshall
  • Big Pumpkin, by Erica Silverman
  • Mrs. McMurphy's Pumpkin, by Rick Walton
  • Halloweiner, by Dav Pilkey

September 2018

Welcome back to the library. Our hours this year are: Mon & Wed 8:25-3:10, Tues & Thurs 8:25-1:10, and Fri 8:25-2:10.

We are so lucky at Shell Beach that so many students want to help out in the library!! The student aides for this year are Jackson Ralph, Shelby Nguyen, Bixby Hardy, Kristina Ajjan, Audrey Heisdorf, Mark Andrawes, Noah Boghosian, Amelia Pfost, Leah Bozzano, Aurelia Vazquez, Kennedy Hale, Marina Servin, Summer Forbes, Sidney Mueller, Madison Mierau, Tiffany Huang, and Gia Papageorge.

Here are some of our awesome aides.

June 2018

Congratulations to our students who read over One Million Words this year. Your love of reading and your interest in the people and the world around you will take you far. As Roald Dahl says, "If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books".

Over 4,000,000 words

Ryan Huang

Over 3,000,000 words

Marshall Ramsey

Lucas Conway

Over 2,000,000 words

Megan Huang

Josie Hardy

Atticus Morabito

Jack Canigiula

Over 1,000,000 words

Kendall Royal

Levi Paynter

Ella Snyder

Tane Kurth

Champ Morrisey

Sidney Mueller

Zack Tayman

Milan Heisdorf

Lillith Byllesby

May 2018

Our AR-a-thon ended on May 31st. AR goals were totaled, and prizes were distributed. Students who had participated for all three trimesters received gift cards from some of our wonderful local merchants. Thank you to The Steaming Bean, Joy, Sylvester's Burgers, and In-n-Out Burger for your generous donations.

6th grade winners from Mrs. Sage and Mrs. Muetzel's class.

April 2018

The Shell Beach Sharks competed against other elementary schools from our district on April 21 at our 2nd annual Battle of the Books. It's a day of fun that emphasizes reading, reading, reading. Our team this year was made up of two sixth graders, Lillith Byllesby and Cara Toepher, and four fifth graders, Kennedy Hale, Ella Snyder, Russell Danza, and Olivia Holt. Great job, Sharks!!

March 2018

We turned the library into a book store on March 27th. The students who exceeded their AR goals for the second trimester were given scrip which allowed them to take the morning off, buy some books, and relax with a snack. Thank you to our parent volunteers. The kids had a great time!

February 2018

The last week of February is Dr. Seuss Week at Shell Beach. One day of celebration is not enough to honor the man who has contributed so much to children's literature!

Monday - Crazy Sock Day

Tuesday - Crazy Hat Day

Wednesday - Wear Green Day

Thursday - Wear a Wocket in Your Pocket Day

Friday - Dress Like a Tourist Day

Guess which day this was!!

January 2018

What do Charles Schulz, Uncle Pirate, Harriet the Invincible, Homer the Library Cat, Pele, Warren the 13th, and the New Kid all have in common? Those are the titles of some of the new books our library received this year. Here are some 6th graders who can't wait to dig into our new books!

December 2017

Our kindergarten classes listened to the book "The Mitten", by Jan Brett. These are the wreaths we made from mittens we downloaded from Jan Brett's wonderful website.

Mrs. West's class

Mrs. Todd's class

Mrs. Vaughn's class

November 2017

These are the new prize buckets for our revamped AR-a-thon. The AR-a-thon is a reading promotion at Shell Beach that encourages our students to read more. Each 2nd-6th grade student has an Accelerated Reader goal. The higher above goal you go, the better your prize. This year, instead of giving out a monthly prize, we are awarding prizes at the end of each trimester. This will align with the classroom goals the teachers have set for their students.

1st Trimester Prizes = school supplies

2nd Trimester Prizes = food

3rd Trimester Prizes = Barnes and Noble at Shell Beach

Go Shell Beach Readers!!

October 2017

Our TK class is modeling some hats they found in the library on Hat Day. It's great to have such willing participants in having fun!

September 2017

Welcome back to a new school year at Shell Beach. So many of our students have been coming into the library during the day. The library is open at recess for browsing through books, returning old books or checking out new books, and for taking AR quizzes. Come on in and say hi.

The library opens at 8:25 every morning. Monday and Wednesday we're open until 3:15, Tuesday and Thursday until 2:15, and Friday until 12:45.

April 2017

Lucia Mar is sponsoring a Battle of the Books for the first time this year. Battle of the Books is a nationwide reading incentive program. 4th-6th graders who sign-up are given a list of 30 books to read during the year. They are then quizzed on the content of those books, Family Feud style. Shell Beach had 12 students register this year. Because we can only send one team of six to our district competition, we had a pre-Battle in the library. The competition was fierce between the Lost Heroes (Samantha Davison, McKayla Shepherd, Ryan Huang, Steven Carey, Payton Phillips, and Kennedy Hale) and the Turquoise Turtles (Eve Adamski, Jadyn Acker, Lucas Conway, Jacob Angulo, Lilly Newton, and Ella Snyder). The Lost Heroes were the champions so they will represent Shell Beach on May 6th, when we compete against the other elementary schools in our district. Good luck, Lost Heroes!!

March 2017

It must be AR-a-thon day! On the first day of every month our 3rd-6th grade students receive prizes for meeting their AR-a-thon goal. The first month they reach their goal they win a bookmark. Month 2 is a pencil. Month 3, a million dollar picture. Month 4, a cupcake. Month 5, a smencil. Month 6, an ice cream bar. Month 7, a book. Month 8, a pizza party. As you can see, the more months they participate, the better their prizes! The purpose of the AR-a-thon is to get our students to spend more time reading at night. The more uninterrupted time they spend reading, the better readers they will become. Our PTO funds the AR-a-thon because they put a high priority on reading!

February 2017

A big thank you to our school district for supporting libraries and reading. This year our district gave us funding for 189 new books. In addition, they were awesome about replacing 38 books that were damaged due to a leaky roof. We are so lucky at Shell Beach!!

Here are some of our great students with some of our new books.

November 2016

This month in the library we've been talking about voting, migration, food, and giving thanks.

Our Transitional Kindergarteners have been listening to books about our seasons and our senses.

Mrs. Peters leads some TKs through our senses station.

October 2016

Fall is here, and in the library we are reading about apples, pumpkins, bats, and owls.

Our upper graders are discussing scary books and Banned Books Week. We have plenty of great conversations going on!

September 2016

The Shell Beach Elementary School Library welcomes you!

Our library hours this year are M-TH 8:25-3:15 and Friday 8:25-11:30.

Thank you so much to our library aides this year. Lily Newton, Molly McLaughlin, Kennedy Hale, Tana Long, Peyton Koger, Lucas Conway, Emily Webb, Eve Adamski, and Samantha Davison will all be helping out when their class is in the library. It's great to have such dependable students to work with.

Eve and Emily

June 2016

Congratulation to our 22 students who completed this year's AR-a-thon. We had a pizza party in the library to celebrate!

May 2016

Wow--these students love to read!! James Tregenza, Champ Morrisey, Lincoln Reynolds, Emily Webb, Jake Harvey, Kian Rafian, Abby Holt, Tane Kurth, and Evan Nichols have all read over 1,000,000 words this year. You guys are awesome!!

April 2016

Thanks to our Shell Beach PTO there are lots of prizes to be won in our AR-a-thon. Here are some of our awesome readers picking up their prizes in the library!

March 2016

Our district superintendent, Dr. Raynee Daley, and her staff have made some innovative and welcome changes this year. The change that has really excited our Shell Beach Elementary students is that this year we have received district funding for library books. Six dollars per student gave us over $2500 to spend on new books and replace old favorites. Thank you Dr. Daley for placing a love of reading high on your priority list.

Emma Wilberding, Sierra Whitham, Elin Heisdorf, and Deedee Salinas check out some of our new books.

February 2016

Thank you to my wonderful library volunteer, Sherry Richison. Mrs. Richison has organized a student volunteer group for the library on Friday afternoons. It's been so great to have all the extra help. This group is smart, quick, and fun to work with.

Gina LaBrie, Sammi Watland, Mrs. Richison, and Kian Rafian

January 2016

Our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students are participating in the California Young Reader Medal contest again this year. Students all over the state are reading the same five books and voting for their favorite. Which one will it be? Update 2/12/16: The winner for Shell Beach Elementary was "The Day the Crayons Quit".

Update 4/04/16: The winner for Lucia Mar School District was "The Day the Crayons Quit". Update 05/02/16: The winner for the State of California is "The Day the Crayons Quit". Congratulations to author, Drew Daywalt and illustrator, Oliver Jeffers.

December 2015

Ms. Estes's kindergarten class came into the library for stories about mittens. We read "The Mitten" by Jan Brett and "The Missing Mitten Mystery" by Steven Kellogg. Mr. Kellogg's story is about a mitten that becomes a snowman's heart. In this picture the kinders are holding up the snowmen they made--each one with a special heart!

November 2015

All 3rd-6th graders are eligible to participate in the AR-a-thon at Shell Beach Elementary. For 2015-16 our theme is "Having a Banner Year". Each month that a student reaches his AR reading goal he gets a flag on his grade-level banner. So far the 5th graders have taken the lead, but can they hold onto it until June?

October 2015

Sharks use the library at recess. The library is open for 15 minutes before school and 15 minutes after school. We're also open during morning and afternoon recess for the upper graders, and afternoon recess only for the lower graders. Come in and check out a book, take an AR quiz, play a game, or just relax and read!

September 2015

Welcome back to the library. So many Shell Beach students are already coming in to check out books and take AR quizzes. Way to go Sharks!

Our library hours this year are M, W, Th 8:25-3:15. F 8:25-2:10. T/closed. See you in the library!

June 2015

Congratulations to our 15 students who reached all eight goals in the AR-a-thon: Lida Stuart, Grace Lalanne, Emma Galvan, Brian Kaplan, Avy Newton, Andora Dooley, Toby Phillips Matson, James Tregenza, Macy Phillips Matson, Eve Adamski, Emily Webb, Dylan Keith, Jash Chohan, Jake Harvey, and Josie Hardy. You guys are awesome!

May 2015

Great Quotes From Great Books

Here are the answers to our library bulletin board quiz. How many did you get right?

1. "So many things are possible, just as long as you don't know they're impossible." The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Jester

2. "Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright; the band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light;

And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout..." Casey at the Bat, by Ernest L. Thayer

3. " I wish that I could give you something, but I have nothing left." The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein

4. " I assure you that you can pick up more information when you are listening than when you are talking." The Trumpet of the Swan, by E.B. White

5. " Take this squirrel for instance. Do I believe he can type poetry? Sure I do. There is much more beauty in the world if I believe such a thing is possible. Flora and Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo

6. "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." The Hobbit, by J.R,R, Tolkien

7. "If you asked the kids and the teachers at Lincoln Elementary School to make three lists--all the really bad kids, all the really smart kids, and all the really good kids--Nick Allen would not be on any of them." Frindle, by Andrew Clements

8. "We have no choice of what color we're born or who our parents are or whether we're rich or poor. What we do have is some choice over what we make of our lives once we're here." Roll of Thunder, Here My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor

9. "Hardly a man is now alive who remembers that famous day and year." The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

10."If my life is going to mean anything I have to live it myself." The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan

11."If you are a dreamer, come in..." Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein

12."Wearing a bath towel around the school yard and pretending it's a cape does not mean you have magical powers." Big Nate Goes for Broke, by Lincoln Peirce

13."Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasions, to greatness." Wonder, by R.J. Palacio

14."So he sailed off through night and day, and in and out of weeks, and almost over a year." Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak

15."School was finally out and I was standing on a picnic table in the backyard getting ready for a great summer vacation, when my mother walked up to me and ruined it. Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos

16."The ability to keep your mouth shut is usually a sign of intelligence. Introspection requires you to think and analyze. It's hard to do that when you are blabbing away." Counting by 7s, by Holly Sloan

17."It is helpful to know the proper way to behave, so one can decide whether or not to be proper." Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine

18."So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV away, And in it's place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall." Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl

19."It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers--even when their own their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think he or she is wonderful." Matilda, by Roald Dahl

20."Some pig." Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White

21."'You're safe until you make another silly mistake,' the Spook said. 'And don't say you won't. He who never makes a mistake, never makes anything.'" Revenge of the Witch, by Joseph Delaney

22."It is not the trappings that make the prince, nor the sword that makes the warrior." The Book of Three, by Lloyd Alexander

23."A person's a person, no matter how small." Horton Hatches the Egg, by Dr. Seuss

24."I'll be famous one day. But for now I'm stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons." Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney

25."Today I moved to a twelve acre rock covered with cement, topped with bird doo, and surrounded by water." Al Capone Does My Shirts, by Gennifer Choldenko

26."The worst part of holding memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared." The Giver, by Lois Lowry

27."My name is India Opal Buloni, and last summer my daddy, the preacher, sent me to the store for a box of macaroni and cheese, some white rice, and two tomatoes, and I came back with a dog." Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo

28."Bubba Bixby was born big and mean, full of teeth and ready to bite." Shredderman: Secret Identity, by Wendelin Van Draanen

29." It's our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J.K. Rowling

April 2015

Lida Stuart and the rest of the 6th graders participated in the California Young Reader Medal Tournament of Champions this year. In the category "Picture Books for Older Readers" we read the winning book for each of the past eight years. "Nubs, The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, and a Miracle" was voted the best of the best.

March 2015

Eve Adamski is standing in front of our California Young Reader Medal bulletin board. Our 1st through 4th graders heard the same five stories that all the rest of the children in California heard. Each class voted for their favorite book. The final tally is as follows: Exclamation Mark, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal/ 63 votes. Too Tall Houses, by Gianna Marino/ 59 votes. City Dog, Country Frog, by Mo Willems/ 42 votes. Randy Riley's Really Big Hit, by Chris Van Dusen/ 25 votes. Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I Don't), by Barbara Bottner/ 19 votes. Exclamation Mark was the winner at Shell Beach Elementary, but we'll have to wait until May to find out the winner for the state of California!

February 2015

Check out the AR-a-thon bulletin board in the MPR. Each 3rd-6th grade student has a monthly goal to reach in order to participate. The prize for Month 1 is a bookmark, the prize for Month 2 is a pencil, and the prize for Month 3 is a "Million Dollar Picture". Here are some close-ups of our wonderful readers.

December 2014

A sudden downpour and a leaky roof created a eerie holiday tableau in the library. Luckily, by the time winter break started the roof had been repaired and the books are once again available for check-out. See you in 2015!

November 2014

Welcome to our newest class at Shell Beach Elementary School, our Transitional Kindergarteners. This picture was taken after we read stories about hats: Halloween Hats, Don't Touch My Hat, Milo's Hat Trick, and This Is Not My Hat.

October 2014

The AR-a-thon is off and running.

We had 55 students participate in September. Each student received a bookmark for meeting their goal. They also had their names recorded on our AR-a-thon bulletin board. Isn't it great?

It was created for us by Nicole Loughead. Thanks Nicole.

September 2014

Welcome to the library. I hope you all had a great summer and read lots of wonderful books. I'm very excited about this year and can't wait to see you in the library.

This year the library hours are: Mon/closed Wed & Fri/8:25-12:00 Tues & Thurs/8:25-3:15