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AR Program

Every class at Adams participates in Accelerated Reader (A.R.) This is a reading program where students read books at their currently determined reading level and then take self-directed quiz on the computer. As they increase their reading comprehension their reading level is adjusted upward. Teachers are able to monitor each individual student’s progress and adjust that student’s goals accordingly. Weekly recognition is given to students who have met or exceeded their AR goals.

As the librarian here, it’s wonderful to see the students’ continually growing excitement about reading. Regardless of their individual reading level ALL students are experiencing success while improving their reading ability.

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Adams School is committed to improving our students’ reading skills each and every day. We have a library with over 11,500 books which is open to all students every single school day. Hundreds of new books are added every year. During the 2013-14 school year there were over 52,000 check-outs from Adams School library. We have books available at all levels from beginning readers to 9th grade reading levels. Our books cover California State Standards for kindergarten through 6th grade.

All students Gr 1-6 can check-out 4 books at a time. Kindergarteners can check out books if their parents fill out a Parent Request Form, available in the library or from your child’s teacher. In addition to daily trips for new books, all Pre-K, kinder, 1st and 2nd grade classes come to the library every week for read-aloud Story Time.

Books are due after one week, but can be renewed if necessary. Parents are financially responsible for any lost or damaged library books.

links for choosing good books

We Give Books          www.wegivebooks.org/about                                                                                      You can sign onto this FREE site and get online access to fiction and non-fiction picture books for kids “up to age 10.”

Orange County Public Library-       www.ocpl.org/kids                               There are many branches throughout the county. The branches closest to our students are the Donald Dungan Branch, near the “Airplane Park” and the Mesa Verde Branch, near Adams School campus.

Costa Mesa/Donald Dungan Library           1855 Park Ave.                       (949) 646-8845
Mesa Verde Branch Library                          2969 Mesa Verde Drive        (714) 546-5274

Here are some sites to help you choose books for your children:


California Young Reader     www.californiayoungreadermedal.org/

The California Young Reader Medal (CYRM) program encourages recreational reading of popular literature among the young people of our state. Since its inception in 1974, millions of California children have nominated, read, and voted for the winners of the California Young Reader Medal.


Children's Literature   www.childrenslit.com/about
Children's Literature reviewers read and critically review more than 4,000 books annually.

Guys' Read     http://www.guysread.com/books/
Find books especially recommended for getting boys’ interested in reading.


Jim Trelease     www.trelease-on-reading.com
This site lists good suggestions for books and covers all of Jim Trelease's efforts in helping children make books into friends, not enemies.


Kids Read    www.kidsreads.com
Book suggestions and kids’ reviews.

Books! Books! Books!

Did you know that Adams School Library has almost 10,000 books?

We have books available at all  levels from beginning readers to 7th and 8th grade reading levels.

Our books cover California State Standards for kindergarten through 6th grade.

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Everyone loves a good story!

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Another source for AR books

You have additional opportunities for getting your children AR books besides our school library. Go to the web-site:   www.arbookfind.com                               Here you can look up the title of any book and see 1) If that book is part of the AR quiz program. 2) What its reading level is.

If it’s an AR book, your student can read that book and take an AR quiz on it in their classroom, no matter where they got the book. Your student still needs to stay within the reading range the teacher has determined in order to take a quiz, but this allows you to get many more books than we can possibly carry in our library here at school. This means that you can use the public library, book stores or books you already have at home to find additional books that interest your child and look up the titles on the arbookfind.com web-site. Our public libraries even have computers available for your use so you can look titles up before checking books out for free!