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Michele Taylor

Teacher Librarian

423 -3340

Rebecca Ferguson

Library Assistant



Library Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 7:55 - 3:00, Wednesday 7:55 - 1:45

Library is open to Middle School students before school, during Brunch and after school 


 Don Callejon Library Catalog

You can check your library account any time by clicking the above link  and logging in with your student ID number.  You will see the books you have checked out and their due date.


Click here to open our EBOOK collection .  Instructions for individual devices are in the library.

Library Check Out Policies and Information

 Kindergarten students will be checking books out with their classes, and the books will remain at school. 


Grades 1 - 8 will be checking out books that they may take home.  Books are checked out for a 2 week period.  

Textbooks are checked out to all middle school students and are due at the end of the school year.  Supporting textbooks, such as literature books have a shorter check out period.  Middle school students are responsible for keeping track of their textbooks and will be charged for lost or damaged books. 

The library web page is accessible from the school website and students and parents may log in with the student ID number to keep track of materials and renew items.  Students will be taught how to do this. 


Parent Volunteer Information

I so look forward to sharing the joy of our library with the wonderful DCS parents who will be volunteering in our library.  There are many ways for you to help out in the library -- please stop by to see how you can be part of our library family.



Why do some of our books have bright green stars on their spines? Our beginning chapter books are shelved in then end caps of the easy section of the library and have bright green stars on their spines.  These are books that are perfect for our students transitioning from picture books to chapter books. 

Why do some of our  fiction books have orange stars on their spines?  We are a K - 8 school library and many of our books are age appropriate for middle school students because of their content, NOT their reading level.  The books with the orange stars are middle school only books.

How often do classes come to the library? All students will visit the library every week.

Wondering if a Book, Movie, Game or TV Show is RIGHT for YOUR child?

Visit  for recommendations and suggestions for all ages.


Visiting Author Hall of Fame


Thanks to Hicklebees our students have the opportunity to meet many authors of books for children and young adults.  Our students have the chance to purchase signed and personalized copies of the books to build their home libraries.

Brad Blake - The Blue Third series, Citlali and the Destroyer

Cynthia Kadohata - A Million Shades of Gray, Kira Kira

Dr. Cuthbert Soup - A Whole Nother Story

Joanna Philbin - The Daughters series

Marc Brown - Arthur Turns Green

M.T. Anderson - Jasper Dash and the Flame Pits of Delaware

Pam Flowers - Ellie's Long Walk,  Big Enough Anna, Ordinary Dogs, Extraordinary Friendships, Alone Across the Arctic

Anne Isaacs and Paul Zelinsky - Swamp Angel, Dust Devil

Tita Rodriguez Parra - The Town I Live In

Tom Angleberger - The Strange Case of Origami Yoda   series

Doreen Cronin - M.O.M. - Mom Operating Manual

Kevin Henkes - Penny and Her Song

Jennifer Fosberry - My Name is Not Isabella

Margi  Preus - Heart of a Samurai

Jeff Savage - many sports biographies

David Aguilar - 13 Planets and other outer space books

Kevin Emerson - Lost Code, Fellowship for Alien Detection

Cat Patrick - Forgotten , Revived

John Stephens - The Emerald Atlas

David Shannon - Bugs in My Hair

Mac Barnett - Counting Monkeys

 Lisa McMann -  The Unwanteds , Trap Door (Infinity Ring series)

Sean Beaudoin - The Infects

Adam Gidwitch - A Tale Dark and Grimm, The Inquisitor's Tale

Ken Jennings -- Junior Genius Guides - Greek Mythology and Maps and Geography

Joelle Charbonneau - The Testing Trilogy

Ridley Pearson - Disney After Dark series

Soman Chainani - The School for Good and Evil series

Doug Jantzen - Henry Hyena, Why Won't You Laugh

Chris Grabenstein - Mr. Lemocello's Library Olympics

Jory John - I Love You Already

Judd Winnick - Hilo: Saving the Whole Wide World

Bruce Hale - Curse of the Were-Hyena

Maggie Tokuda- Hall - Also an Octopus

Nidhi Chanani- Pashmina

Gene Luen Yang - Secret Coders

Ally Carter - Not If I Save You First

Mo O'Hara - My Fangtastically Evil Vampire Pet


Links to Visiting Authors

Some of our visiting authors have fun websites -- take a look at the links to these authors that have visited Don Callejon!!


Chris Grabenstein

Mac Barnett                                       Lisa McMann

Pam Flowers                                     Kevin Emerson

Adam Gidwitz                                  Sean Beaudoin  

Ridley Pearson                                Jeff Savage

Tom Angleberger                             Dr.Cuthbert Soup 

Marc Brown                                      David Aguilar

Jennifer Nielsen                               Cat Patrick

Peter Brown                                     John Stephens

Paul Zelinsky                                    Kevin Henkes

Anne Isaacs                                     Joanna Philbin

M.T. Anderson                                 Doreen Cronin

Margi Preus                                     Pete Hautman

Tony Piedra

Gillian Philps aka Erin Hunter

Chris Harris

Margarita Engle

Cynthia Kadohota

Gennifer Choledenko

Ally Carter

Nidhi Chanani

Gene Luen Yang

Aaron Hartline

Terri Farley

Doug Jantzen

Judd Winick
Maggie Tokuda Hall

Chris Grabenstein

Jory John

Soman Chainani

Joanna Philbin

Joelle Charbonneau

Ken Oppel

Stuart Gibbs

Scott Duka

Tim Myers

James Parks

Ben Costa

Jenn Reese

Don Callejon Library

Library News

Library News

“She reads books as one would breathe air – to fill up and live.”

Writing this newsletter has suddenly become the most challenging task.  I have been pondering what to say for a while and now the words are very tough to come up with. 

For the past 10 years it has been my honor and privilege to be the librarian here at Don Callejon.  The K-8 configuration truly made this my dream job and it seems like yesterday that I was joyfully accepting the library position here. 
Unlocking the library door each morning  - thinking about the possibilities the day would bring -- book and student connections that would happen during the day – the excitement of  new readers picking their first chapter books, the joy of students discovering a new series they love, the discovery of new information that delights the brain,  the amazement of those who think they do not like to read discovering something they DO like to read, the buzz of middle school students who have found that INTENSE book that they all want to read and talk about -----

And now --

It is time for me to go and move towards new possibilities.    My husband and I are ready to jump in to the next chunk of our lives and embrace retirement and our first grandchild.  I am confident that the collection that is in place serves our students well.  I am confident that the atmosphere of our library will continue on – it is a place students want to be.  I am confident that the community will continue to support the library with volunteers.  I thank DCSCO for all their generosity over the past 10 years. 

As a parting gift for DC I have put together a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 collection of “timeless classic” books, games and movies for families to enjoy.  I wish you all fun, memory making and good times


As Always

Happy Reading

Mrs. Taylor

Teacher Librarian

California Young Reader Medal Books



ALL our DC students will had  a chance to vote for their favorite books

Picture Books


WINNER ---- Bear and the Piano  by David Litchfield

I Don't Want to Be a Frog   by Dev Petty

If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't by Elise Parsley

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

Samson in the Snow by Philip Christian Stead


Intermediate Books (perfect for 4rd - 6th grades)


Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

WINNER --The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate



Middle School Books (perfect for grades 5 - 8)


Ms. Bixby's  Last Day by John David Anderson

WINNER -- Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk


YA  Books (perfect for grades 7 - 8)

Girl in the Blue Coat  by Monica Hesse

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

WINNER --Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed



Picture Books for Older Readers (perfect for readers of all ages)


We're All Wonders by  R. J. Palacio

Separate is Never Equal:  Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiun

WINNER --Emmanuel's Dream:  The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson







If you are looking for suggestions for summer time reading, take a look at this list!!


Summer Reading List

Library News


April 30 – May 6 is National Screen Awareness Week.   The truth is, we all love our screens and spend a lot of time with them.  The impact of screen time on children is being studied from a lot of different perspectives.  I will be inviting your family to participate in this screen awareness week --watch for more info coming home.  I recently found this article,  Epic Screen Time Battle .  It is well worth the read about screens and children.  Information and a family contract went home in the Wednesday envelope this week --- please consider participating with your family!


All Library books will be due Friday May 17 and the library will be closed for the year.



A new way to hear a story out loud

Do you love to hear stories read out loud?  Sometimes is is hard to find someone to read to you when feel like listening to a story ?

Here is the solution -- Story Line Online!!


Public Libraries

Tools You Can Use


"What an astonishing thing a book is.  It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are printed lots of funny dark squiggles.  But once you glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years.

Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you.  Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs.  Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic."  Carl Sagan


Our 5th -8th graders have  been participating in DC's first Battle of the Books.  

The 5th/6th grade books we started with were:

The Honest Truth

The Inquisitors Tale

Chasing Secrets


The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Hello Universe

Forget Me Not

The Year of Shadows


Wolf Hollow


Ms. Bixby's Last Day



The Final 3 books competing are 

The Honest Truth


Forget Me Not

The 7th/8th grade books were

Walk on Earth a Stranger

Jazz Owls

After Eli

Bitter Melon

Girl in the Blue Coat

Written in the Stars

Wolf & Me

Absolutely True Story of a Part Time Indian


Rhyme Schemer

Kissing Doorknobs

Under a Painted Sky

Midnight Magic

House of Ivy and Sorrow


The Final 3 books competing are

Jazz Owls

Rhyme Schemer 





We have an obligation to read aloud to our children.  To read them things they enjoy.  To read them the stories we are already tired of.  To do the voices, to make it interesting, and not to stop reading to them just because they learn to read to themselves.  Use read-aloud time as a bonding time, as time when no phones are being checked, when the distractions of the world are put aside.

--Neil Gaiman

Middle School Book Trailers You May Enjoy