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Mrs. Branson: Kohler's Librarian

Though librarians and parents don’t teach

children the mechanics of how to read,

by teaching children how to love to read,

and making literacy fun, together we

can set the literacy foundations needed

for reading success.

                               Mrs. Branson

Kohler Library's Goals

  • To help students acquire an interest in and enjoyment of reading.
  • To assist the students in learning appropriate media center behavior and borrowing habits.
  • To teach the student the proper use of print materials and computer equipment.
  • Adhere to District Policy for network use.
  • To help the students demonstrate responsible borrowing habits.
  • To teach students the necessary skills to be efficient and effective information users.
  • To encourage each student to become a lifelong library patron.
  • To acquire and maintain a balanced collection of media center resources which meet the needs of our school community.
  • To support the TRUSD curriculum and teachers’ by providing necessary materials and appropriate guidance to students.
  • To remind students that the use of the library is a privilege and misuse of any resources or inappropriate behavior will revoke their library usage. 

Media Center Policies

  • Students are scheduled in the library on a weekly or bi-weekly basis depending on grade level.
  • Students may borrow from1-4 books depending on grade level, parent request, teacher permission and need.
  • Students may come to the library any time during library hours for browsing, book exchange, or reference work. The LMC is also available at morning and afternoon recess.
  • There are no fines charged for overdue items, but prompt return is expected.
  • All students are responsible for books not returned to any TRUSD school. Any lost or damaged library books must be replaced or paid for.  Fines will not be deleted when students transfer between sites and restitution will be expected before students graduate. 

Parents are encouraged to visit the library with their student before and after school to select books for the enitre family to enjoy

Award Winning Books

Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

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Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

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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.

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Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Given to African American authors and illustrator for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions, the Coretta Scott King Book Award titles promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream.

The award is designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.

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Reading Begins Early

  • Encourage your children to begin reading at an early age!
  • Encourage your children to read. Show an interest in the books your child brings home. Read with your child/have them read to you or have them read independently on a daily basis.
  • Stop and ask about the pictures and about what is happening in the story.
  • Model reading as a family. Make use of the family reading area for all. Let your child see you reading for work or see you reading for pleasure.
  • Encourage your child to read anything — cereal boxes, trading cards, signs, magazine ads, pictures in newspapers. Or find a favorite recipe and read it with your child as you prepare it together.
  • Take advantage of the public library or visit the LMC to provide students with extra books for family reading time.
  • Encourage student to keep all library books in his/her back pack after reading time. This reinforces the expectation that school materials need to get from home to school on a daily basis.

AR: Accelerated Reading

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AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice.  Your child picks a book at his/her own level and reads it at their own pace.  When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.)  AR gives children, and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.


Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them.  This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them

ST Math / Jiji


ST Math uses interactive, visual animation to convey math concepts and develop deep understanding. Initially, students encounter visual puzzles free of language or symbols, or rather, unnecessary distractions in first learning math concepts. Once the visual representation is mastered, language and symbols are gradually integrated into the puzzles.

Students progress through the software’s gently scaffolded games at their own pace, advancing to the next level only through mastering the previous level. The latest research in learning and motivation informs game design to build intrinsic motivation in students along with a thirst for challenge and life-long learning.