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TOTV Week Form Deadline - May 15th!


California Young Reader 2016-2017 Winners!


Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

Written by Mac Barnett

Illustrated by Jon Klassen



Each Kindness

Written by Jacqueline Woodson

Illustrated by E.B. Lewis



Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Written by Chris Grabenstein


California Young Reader 2017-2018 Nominees!

Turn Off the TV Week May 1-7

20 Alternatives to Television/Electronics

Here are a few tips and suggestions for turning the TV off next week.  

  1. Take a Walk What a great activity to do with the whole family, and it’s healthy too! 
  2. Clean Up and De-clutter Take this extra time to get organized and focused. Chores are more fun when done together. Just think how neat and organized your home could be after a week spent together de-cluttering if everyone chipped in and did it together.
  3. Be Crafty Make a bracelet or jewelry.
  4. Hang Up/Make a Bird Feeder Check out this website for ideas on some homemade bird feeders, before Turn of the TV Week.
  5. Have a Family Read-a-Loud Why not pick a book and spend the evenings taking turns reading it out loud to each other?
  6. Shake things up in the kitchen Learn some new recipes, try some new to your family cuisines, make something from scratch you might not have considered before. Try out some ice cream recipes and come up with a signature family flavor.  
  7. Look Up Become star gazers for a week.  Observe a week’s worth of sunsets.  See what you notice about the weather without the local TV weatherman filling you in.
  8. Create a large piece of art together as a family A collage, painting, or sculpture?
  9. Grow Something How are those Spring gardening plans coming along?  Start some seeds together or purchase a few new houseplants and spend some time learning about them.  Start a container garden on your kitchen window sill or plant some some culinary herbs for your kitchen adventures (see idea number six).
  10. Board Games When was the last time you played Monopoly? Checkers? Or Apples to Apples?
  11. Paper Games Tic tac toe, hangman, crossword puzzles, word searches are all favorites.
  12. Do some painting Water color and crayons are a great way to make little masterpieces.
  13. Jigsaw puzzles They come in a variety of themes and levels of difficulty, so you can really cater to your individual family.  Get out the card table and work some puzzles together.
  14. Family Lego Creation contest Assign a theme to each day and see who can come up with the most creative invention. Head over to the Lego Quest blog for some ideas to get you started.
  15. Explore your neighborhood. Become a local tourist.  Go into that little shop or cafe you’ve been meaning to step into every time you pass by.  Learn the names of those trees that line main street.  Visit your town’s historical sites.
  16. Have a picnic In the park, in your backyard, or on your living room floor.
  17. Look through family photo albums
  18. Pull out the play-doh Have fun making silly, colorful creations with play-doh.
  19. Ride the Metro Take the metro to somewhere local, even to Old Town Pasadena.
  20. Call a relative - your Grandma, Grandpa or Great Aunt Ester If possible, go visit them.  They would love it and how many times have you been telling yourself that you’ve been meaning to drop in on them anyway?


Fall Book Fair

California Young Reader Nominees for 2016-2017!!

Turn off the TV & Electronics! It's time to meet your family again!


Arroyo Vista families will be spending a lot of quality time together during Turn Off the TV & Electronics Week, May 2 - May 8.  No TV-watching, video, computer or electronic games will be allowed as we play, talk, sing, read, walk, run and actually do things together. It's fun!


We celebrate together at Arroyo Vista as students, families and staff come to the Courtyard for a fun-filled Pajama Story Hour under the stars.


Stock up on good books for the week. Remember, it's good to read to friends, parents, and pets, too.


Encourage your child to learn to read by reading to them. Here are a few tips on how to be a good storyteller--click here.


Volunteers Needed for Each Class


One library helper comes in with his or her students' class and helps check and shelve books--about 30 minutes. Call AV Library at (626) 441-5790, ext. 4930. We can't do this without you. Thank you.

Students and Volunteers Get Community Service Hours


Students and Volunteers can get community service hours for helping at the Arroyo Vista Library!
If you like working in the library, call or come in and help us keep going. Over 1/4 of our books check out every month and then check back in. They have to be checked, shelved, and sometimes, repaired. It's fun, and you can get lots of community-service hours.


Book Fair offers families the opportunity to add to your personal collection, donate books to your special teachers and support the Arroyo Vista Library! Our school library earns a percentage in books and cash with every dollar spent at our book fairs. 

Winter Book Fair: December 1 - 5 , 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Adult Shopping Night/Storytime in the library: December 4,  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Spring Book Fair: March 16 - 20, 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

South Pasadena Public Library

In case your students need to use Internet at the South Pasadena Public Library to access their assignments,parents will need to know about the Library’s Internet policy and the students will need to have their own Library card and Internet User’s Agreement on file.  Please see the at policy and Library card application in the Library Resource Locker below.

To summarize, if the student is under 13 years old, their parent needs to know that Internet access at the South Pasadena Public Library is unfiltered.  The student needs to have his or her own Library card and the parent/guardian needs to be present when they turn in the Internet User’s Agreement.  If the parent/guardian elects to not sign the Internet User’s Agreement, the parent/guardian must sit with the student and monitor the child while he/she is working on their assignment on the Library’s Internet workstation.



A completed deck of genre tickets

Genre Book Challenge

Aargh! It be a Pirate PAJAMA STORY NIGHT!

Please join us for a Swashbuckling adventure, and listen to some pirate tales!

"X" marks the spot for hidden treasure - a good book, of course! 

Bring a blanket, your pjs, and your favorite stuffed animal on

Thursday, May 4th at 6:30 PM. 


Congratulations Genre Book Challenge Readers!!

4th/5th Ink Drinkers 2015-2016

Congratulations 5th graders!

We will miss you!!


AV Library has over 24,000 books to grow your brain

Arroyo Vista Library, thanks to a PTA that believes in reading, has carefully put together one of the finest collections of fiction, nonfiction and children's books available in Southern California.

Here students learn about reading for fun, for knowledge, and for researching classroom subjects and reports. Students will also learn how libraries are organized and how the world's knowledge is available to them.

Students will use a fully computerized catalog to locate their favorite subjects and authors. They will check out books every week. Weekly they will get a taste of the many kinds of stories, biographies, poetry, and songs that authors have created.

Reading can be fun. And good readers do well in the world.

Here are several highly regarded reading lists you can consult. We have many of these books in our library:


The State of California Recommended Reading Listprovides grade-specific lists for California students from kindergarten to 12th grade--

The Caldecott Medal

The Newbery Medal

The Coretta Scott King Award

American Library Association Young Readers Book Lists---

Scholastic (mainly from Scholastic, of course) for children 6 to 13. Activities, contests and games related to such page-turners as Goosebumps.

California Young Reader Medal 2017 / 2018 Nominees


The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak

Gaston by Kelly Dipucchio, illustrated by Christian Robinson

If You Plant a Seed written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Night Animals written and illustrated by Gianna Marino

The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty, illustrated by Thomas Docherty



Dash by Kirby Larson

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Ms. Rapscott's Girls by Elise Primavera



The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa Moss, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu

The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mary GrandPre


First Tuesday of every month at 3:00 - 4:30

Third, fourth, and fifth graders can join anytime. Bring a book you have read and can talk about.



4th/5th Grade      3rd Grade

Sept. 13                Sept. 14

Oct. 4                  Oct. 5

Nov. 1                  Nov. 2

Dec. 6                  Dec. 7

Jan. 10                 Jan. 11

Feb. 7                  Feb. 8

Mar. 7                 Mar. 8

Apr. 11                 Apr. 12

May 2                  May 3

May 30                May 31


Ink Drinkers' First T-Shirt!!!

Tshirts are still available for purchase. See Mrs. Baydaline


Order form found in locker below!


Library Locker