Saturday, June 5, 2010

Mrs. Yollis: Our School Library

By Anais, Aaliyah, Richie, and Ava

A favorite spot for all students is our
school library. Enjoy the tour and meet our librarian, Mrs. Madnick!

Our School Library from mrsyollis on Vimeo.

How do you like our school library?

What is your favorite book or author? Please leave a comment!


  1. Dear Mrs. Yollis & Mrs. Madnik,

    It is magnificent that our library is one of the biggest library among the other elementary schools.

    I've volunteered for the last three years and I enjoyed helping the kids find their books, and my most favorite part was when Mrs. Madnik was reading books to them.

    Kayla's mom

  2. Dear Mrs. Yollis and Mrs. Madnick,
    I was very impressed when I heard Mrs. Madnick say there were over 16,000 books in your school library. That is an awesome number of books, and it makes me very happy for your students. When I was in school many years ago, we had a very small school library and the librarian did not read to the classes. Besides your scheduled time are you able to visit the library before or after school hours? Thank you for sharing this interview.
    Jim Cooke-Kendall's grandfather

  3. Dear Mrs. Yollis and Mrs. Madnick,
    Great report! Just like the students, I had no idea that you had so many books, and that you had the largest library in the district. My favorite library, (besides yours) is the New York City library where I grew up. It is huge, or at least I thought so when I was your age. Does any one else have a favorite library. My favorite book as a child was "From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler". Has any one else read that book?
    It is a great kid adventure!
    Nancy Armstrong

  4. @ Elham, (Kayla's mom)

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! Thank you, too, for volunteering during our library time! We appreciate that! I always enjoy it when Mrs. Madnick reads a weekly story. Many of the books are new to me.

    @ Mr. Cooke, (Kendall's grandfather)

    Thank you to you and your extended family! All of you have been great commenters on both of our blogs! We love that! I hope you continue to follow us even after Kendall moves on to fourth grade! :-)

    Yes, 16,000 books came as a shock to me too. We have a very supportive community. In fact, many people are part of the Birthday Club. In this program, students donate a book to our library when it is their birthday. It is a real gift to everyone! Also, our school is over 30 years old so we have had many years to collect books!

    You asked if the library has extra hours. Yes, the students can go into the library during recess or lunch.

    @ Mrs. Armstrong, (Anais' mom)

    Thanks for a fabulous comment! I love how you shared about your favorite library and favorite book. I remember reading From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler! What a great book.

    One book that was so memorable to me when I was a child was a holiday book called Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree. I read that picture book over and over. I also love to read The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles to my class each year. It is a book by Julie Blake (aka Julie know, Mary Poppins?)

    Mrs. Yollis

  5. Dear Mrs Yollis and Mrs Madnik,
    WOW! I recken your library is huge. I just can`t get over how many books you have. Now I have a question for you. What is a paperpack island? My favourite book I am reading is called Katie Kazoo. My favourite author is Wendy Harmer. I like her books because she writes about Austrila things
    Best Wishes Bianca.

  6. Dear Mrs. Yollis & Class,
    Thank you to the special contributors: Anais, Aaliyah, Richie, and Ava on an informative post. I was as surprised as everyone to hear the number of books in our library - but I am also so proud that it is OUR library that is the largest in the district.

    My favorite books growing up were the Boxcar Children series. Jaxon and I have re-read many of those books together and have donated many to Chaparral for other students to enjoy.

    Thank you again for the library tour.

    (Jaxon's mom)

  7. Dear Mrs Yollis class,
    Your Library is huge!!!
    My favourite book is all the Miley Cyres books.
    I also have a favourite euthor is Pam Fox.
    @ Mrs Yollis,
    Yes we have heard things about Mary Poppings its' a great book.
    Love Rhiannon.

  8. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    Your library is very big.

    The post is great.

    Is the library very popular?

    We have a library, we only go on Thursdays.

    Everyday one teacher is in the library at lunch play.

    We get to read, play computers, do some drawing and stand around with the teacher they are the things you are allowed to do in the library.

    What are you allowed to do in the library?

    Most kids like playing outside.

    I sometimes go in the library at lunch or I play.

    Your buddy,

  9. Dear Miss Yoills and her students,
    I love your video! My favourite books are Dr Seuss, some of them are funny.
    Your friend,

  10. Dear Anais, Aaliyah, Richie and Ava,

    Wow! What a great post! I love it!
    Great job!

    Your library is really big. It looks awesome!

    What is your favourite story or book? Do you have a favourite part or spot in the library?

    My favourite book is Judy Moody [it's really funny! It is written by Megan Mcdonald.].
    I am not sure what my favourite author is.
    What's yours?

    I think your library is awesome! :)

    Great job, and I think that it was very kind to bring Mrs Madnick in the video, just for us!
    Great job Mrs Madnick!

    Keep Blogging,

  11. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I'm very proud of our school library. Every year I do the Birthday Club. My favorite book is probably the series Fableheaven. It is written by Brandon Mull, but my favorite author is Ellen Potter. She wrote a very good book called, Slob.


  12. @ Ashleigh,

    The library is popular to a lot of students. Some even go there for recess! We eat in there on rainy days. Some students can devour some delicious lunch on rainy days, and we can play a hard game called bottle cap. Bottle cap is a game someone made up an now we play it on rainy days.


  13. @Bianca,

    You asked what paperback island was, and paperback island is just a bookshelf separated from the others so that's where it gets the name island and it has a lot of paperback books and that's where it gets the name paperback so its called paperback island.

    I have a question for you, what Katie Kazoo book are you reading?


  14. @ Ashleigh,

    Thanks for leaving a great comment!

    You asked if the library was popular, and the answer is yes. People go into the library a lot during lunch while everyone is playing and check books out, or maybe read in there.

    You also asked what we do in the library, and the answer is: read, check out books, stay or help Mrs. Madnick leave a comment on our blog. If you're an adult, you put books back on the shelf or help kids find books.

    Best wishes,
    Kayla :)

  15. Dear Ava, Richie, Aaliyah, and Anais,

    Your post is very good! My favorite part about the post was when you all guessed how many books you think are in the library. I can't believe that there are over 16,000 books!

    I have a lot of favorite books, and I just can't choose one.

    What was your favorite part about interviewing Mrs. Madnik?


  16. Dear Mrs. Armstrong,

    My favorite book is The Giving Tree. My favorite author is Judy Blume, my favorite book of hers is The Fourth Grade Nothing. Have you read any of those books?


  17. Dear Mrs. Yollis

    I really like your post! I want to give a big thank you to the kid volunteers who helped on the movie. I want to congratulate them!

    One thing I like about library is looking for a book on the computers.

    @Richie, Ava, Anais, and Aaliyah,

    Great job on the movie! I really liked it. What was your favorite part of the movie that you acted out? What was your favorite part about the movie when it was done?

    Your friend,

  18. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I never knew that there were 16,000 books in our library! I always thought there was about 5,000 books. My favorite book is Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

    Happy reading,
    Trent :-D

  19. Dear Sophie,

    You asked me some questions about books. You asked me what my favorite story or book was, and I would have to say Cat in the Hat (by Dr. Seuss).

    You also asked what my favorite part or spot in the library is, paperback island probably pleases me the most. I like to read paperback books.

    You asked what my favorite author is, and my favorite author is Dr. Seuss because he always makes these funny words and makes reading fun!

    Richie :-)

  20. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    My favorite author is the writer of Magic Tree House. There is a library in New York that has a lot of stories[I also mean in height ].


  21. @ Mommy,

    I remember re-reading the Boxcar Children every night before we went bed. When I saw that there was over 16,000 books I thought you would be surprised.


  22. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I really like this post. I shocked when I heard Mrs. Madnick say we have the biggest library in our school district!

    My favorite book would be a book called Diary of a Wimpy Kid because it is funny and a character named Greg has a funny life.



  23. Dear 2KM,

    My favorite author is J.K. Rowling from the Harry Potter series. In fact, I'm reading the third book, The Prisoner of Azkaban, currently. Have any one of you students heard of Harry Potter?

    Keep Blogging,

  24. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I like how our school has a lots of books. My favorite book is the kind that's in the Ramona series, and it is Beezus and Ramona. I like it because Ramona is always naughty, and Beezus is her older sister is sick of having to take care of Ramona all the time. I'm not going to say anymore because I don't want to spoil it if you read it.

    I hope you can have a chance to read the book someday.


  25. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I really like your post, and I enjoyed your movie! I can't believe that we have over 16,000 books in our library! One thing I enjoyed in our Library are the books. I like the books because some of them are funny, and some of them are true and interesting. My favorite thing about the library is that it is big, and it is the best library in the whole elementary district!

    Your friend,

  26. Dear Interviewers,

    Those were great questions! I was so amazed when I heard that we have over 16,000 books in the library. That made me think of what a great school we have.

    Your Friend,

  27. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I really liked doing the interview. It's a good thing Mrs. Madnick said we could do it. It was very funny that I almost forgot to say the last part. When we all guessed how many books were in the library we were all very off. I just can't believe we have 16,000 books in our library.


    Ava (from Mrs. Yollis' class)

  28. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    My favorite book is Judy Moody. In one of the Judy Moody books, she finds a mood ring and puts it on. Then her brother trys to steal it. It reminds me so much of my brother and I.

    Kate :-)

  29. @Bianca,

    You asked what paperback island was, and paperback island is just a bookshelf separated from the others so that's where it gets the name island and it has a lot of paperback books and that's where it gets the name paperback so its called paperback island.

    I have a question for you, what Katie Kazoo book are you reading?


  30. Dear Mom,

    I never read that book, but I will soon. I have the book, but if you want you can read it again.


  31. Dear Ashleigh,
    I love your comment. It is very good. Yes, the library is very popular to go in at lunch.


  32. Dear Ayush,
    I have heard of Harry Potter. Have you seen all of the movie's of Harry Potter?
    Your friend,

  33. Dear Mrs Yollis's class,
    We think we have about 15000 books in the school library.
    from Kobi.

  34. Dear Mrs. Yollis’ Class,

    You are indeed lucky to have such a nice, large library with so many books. I am at Lindero Canyon Middle School, a middle school in the same district, and we don’t even have quite that many books for our older students. We have about 15,000. You are also very lucky to have Mrs. Madnick as a great library clerk. You should know, though, that in many parts of our country, school libraries are staffed by teacher librarians, who are trained and credentialed as both teachers and librarians, along with the support of library clerks like Mrs. Madnick. In our district, and in most of California, elementary schools don’t have full-time credentialed teacher librarians to provide an educational program for them in the library. They should! Even sadder, the middle and high schools in our district did have teacher librarians until this year, but now, due to budget cuts and restructuring, they no longer do. I hope that our district can find a way in the near future to restore them to the secondary schools and to add a full-time teacher librarian to each elementary school so that you, as students, can receive the full library reading, information literacy, research, and integrated technology instruction program you deserve.

    As for my favorite book or author, there are way too many! Some that I think you will especially enjoy as you progress to middle school, and who are also great people and speakers (I know, because I was very lucky to host them as visiting authors at Lindero when I was the librarian), are Richard Peck, Neal Shusterman, and Wendelin Van Draanen. A couple of books that I remember my third grade teacher reading aloud way back when I was in third grade, and that I still love, are Mary Poppins (including several sequels), by P.L. Travers, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins, by Richard and Florence Atwater. They are both very humorous. I highly recommend them!

    Mrs. Lofton
    7th Grade Language Arts and 6th Grade Exploratory Teacher
    Lindero Canyon Middle School

  35. Dear Mrs Yollis Class

    My favourite book is Star Wars The Clone Wars and Zac Power. Your school library looks so big do you have any Zac Power books there?

    From Jacob

  36. Dear Richie,

    Thanks for writing back to me!
    Thank you so much!

    I like Dr Seuss too. He really does make reading really fun and funny.

    What is paperback island? I have seen that some people have been writing on this post about paperback island, and I was wondering what it was?

    I hope you and everyone else in Mrs Yollis' class have great fun in the libary!

    Your blogging buddy,
    Sophie ;)

  37. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,
    Your Library is HUGE!!!
    I think you have so many books we have 15000 books thats a lot!
    I hope we get to skype again its so fun!!
    What do you do after you boro you books?
    Rhiannon. (2KM)

  38. Dear Mrs. Yollis & Mrs. Madnick,

    I feel that our kids are so lucky to have this wonderful library thanks to the generosity of our parents. The library is not too big but it helps and means a lot to all of us. We understand that our kids are benefited a lot from this library. I went to help the library a few times last year. It was fun. Paul's favourite books are magic tree house and books of science.

    Matthew (Paul's dad)