El Carmelo Elementary School Library

A place for great reading!

Each class visits the library once a week for a lesson from the librarian.  Students are allowed to check out books during their visit or they may come during recess, lunch or after school to return or check out books.  Library lessons vary from grade to grade, but our goal is to instill a love of reading, teach students how to use resources and provide a safe and welcoming place for all students.

Lending Policy

We encourage our students to take advantage of our collection. Students may check out books within reasonable limits. The kindergarten and first grade students typically check out two to three books.  Students may check out as many books as they need for researching h or school projects.  If a student has overdue books, they are encouraged to return them before they check out other books.  If a book is lost or damaged, the student will be asked to pay replacement cost.  Cash or checks made payable to PAUSD are accepted. 

We have a great selection of character education books plus parenting books.  Please visit us and peruse our collection.  Parents may check out books too!

Would you like to donate a book to our library?

You may donate through our PTA sponsored program or through our school book fairs.  Did you know that all the money that you spend at our book fairs directly benefits our school library?!!  Thank you for helping us keep our collection current.

Summer Reading Program  

Every year, students are invited to track their summer reading and earn points for prizes when school begins again.  Be sure to ask the librarian for the summer reading form just before the school year ends.

Online Resources

We have a great selection of books in our school library.  Find out what we have and short descriptions of the books on Opals.


LibGuides contain research assistance, subject guides and useful resources compiled by teacher librarians. 

BrainPOP Homepage

Join our friend, Moby the Robot as he teaches you many new things!  BrainPOP has movies, games and quizzes about topics such as reading, math, science, social studies and technology.

Looking for a  novel that's just right for you at El Carmelo Elementary School?
Find the list of books available listed by age ranges and genre. 

PAUSD Middle School Research Center Middle School Library's research guide.

Bookworm for Kids  L

iterature project made by Lucinda Surber, a retired long time teacher in Palo Alto and a Tech expert for the ages.

City of Palo Alto Library Kid's Page Great booklists and websites for kids.

Juvenile Series and Sequels Search updated order of series books.

What's Next Books in a Series database helps you search fiction series. 

California Young Reader Medal Former winners and currently nominated books that will be voted upon by children throughout California in April.

Newbery Medal Winners American Authors

Caldecott Medal Winners American Illustrators

50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Read Good list of multicultural books.


The El Carmelo Library is open Monday-Thursday 8:00-3:15. 

Marilyn Nishio, librarian
Contact: (650)856-0960 x 3555