Library

Welcome to the Red Hill Library, where our motto is, “When you read, you reach for the stars”. Our library collection has over 11,000 books; from the most current children’s fiction to classic and new picture books, and a complete array of interesting and informative non-fiction titles. We have something for everyone.

All students have a scheduled time to visit the library each week, where they will be listening to stories, learning library skills and internet safety, and checking out books. Each student in grades 2-5 is allowed to check out 2-3 books for the week, while 1st graders may check out 1 and kindergarten students check out books for classroom use and do not take books home. Our goal is to make lifelong readers by encouraging students to choose books that are fun, interesting and that facilitate growth in reading skills.

Library hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30am-2:30pm, Wednesdays and Fridays 9am-1pm. The library is closed on Mondays.

Meet Our Librarian

Mrs. Judi Gaines is returning to Red Hill after 3 1/2 years. She has been a Librarian for TUSD since 2004, except for an 18 month hiatus when she was employed as a full-time Library Assistant for a private library. She holds a Library Information and Technology certificate from Santa Ana College, volunteers at the O.C. Children’s Book Festival and loves attending book talks, conferences and festivals to stay current in her field. One of her favorite hobbies is reading children’s books, young adult and adult fiction, especially historical fiction. As a school librarian, Mrs. Gaines says, “I am not the reading teacher, but the reading cheerleader,” encouraging students to become lifelong readers. READ ON!

Recommended Book List Websites

Scholastic.com’s Book Wizard supports the Fountas and Pinnell leveled reading program. (Fountas & Pinnell reading levels are a system of reading levels developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell to support their guided reading method)

Orange County Public Library - the best thing since sliced bread!

Jim Trelease’s Read Aloud Site

Guysread.com - getting our guys to do just that, read.

Reading Across America / NEA

Reading Is Fundamental

ABCMouse.com/Reading (for young readers)

Common Sense Media – resource for choosing a book (or movie, video game, TV show or music) that is right for your family.

The Horn Book - book reviews

A Whale of a Tale – independent bookstore in Irvine with an incredible selection; providing weekly story times and special author and illustrator visits. Stop by if you get a chance.

Educational/Reference Sites for Kids

These sites can be helpful tools for research projects and additional learning.

Remember to always supervise children, as there are advertisements on some sites.

Dictionary.com

National Geographic

NASA

Time for Kids

How Stuff Works

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (a great math website)

Birthday Book Club

Celebrate your child's special day by joining the Birthday Book Club at Red Hill this year. During the Birthday Book Club celebration, your student will choose a new book to donate to our school library. A special nameplate will be placed inside the book acknowledging the donation, and your child will be the first to have the opportunity to check out the book from the library. Afterward, all books will be placed on a special shelf so other students may enjoy them for years to come. A picture of your student will be posted prominently on the Birthday Book Club board in the library for all to see. Your donation will add the best and newest children's literature to our library. Thanks to Carolyn Zweber (continuing her role as PTA Chair) and the families that donated to our library last year. Contact Carolyn at czweber@tustin.k12.ca.us for more information.

Volunteers

Parent volunteers are welcome into the library during their student's library time or any time. There is always something that needs to be done. Volunteers can help with a multitude of tasks, shelving, covering or repairs (training is available); as they say, "so many books, so little time." Please sign up to volunteer with your child’s teacher at Back to School Night or with Mrs. Gaines in the library.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or suggestions.

Happy Reading!

Judi Gaines

jgaines@tustin.k12.ca.us

Red Hill Elementary Library Media Technician