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Young Reader Medal

And the winner is.....

The Bear and The Piano by David Litchfield

Starting in February we will be reading the 5 nominees for the 2020 California Young Reader Medal!

After we read all 5 books during library story time, each student will be able to vote for their favorite!

Mrs. Mundl will submit everyone's ballot to the State of California and when the winner is announced, the students can see if their favorite book won!


Poet Tree

Our very special Poet Tree is taking shape!


Students from kinder to 4th grade will be listening to a selection of poems read by Mrs. Mundl in the library and then writing their own beautiful Cinquain and Acrostic poems on their leaves for the Poet Tree.


Our featured student poets:



Cute, Orange

Meows, Chases, Snuggles

Gets in trouble


by Max M., 2nd grade



Big and Beautiful

Driving, Walking, Enjoying

In a Big City

The Golden Gate Bridge

Ella, 4th grade



Huge, Furry

Growling, Roaring, Sniffing

Be Careful, They Are Not so Friendly


Finn, 4th grade



Crunchy, Messy

Eating, Frying, Spilling

Keep the Food In It


Nick, 4th grade



Pink, Colorful

Devouring, Chewing, Swallowing

Pink Frosting and Rainbow Sprinkles

Treat Delicious

Taegan, 4th grade



Cold, White

Sledding, Playing, Laughing

Drinking Hot Cocoa


by Kaity, 4th grade




Runs like a cheetah

Jumping, Playing, Ducking

Playful horse that loves to play

Horseback Riding

by Kate, 2nd grade


Flying Pickles

Juicy, Delicious

Flying, lying, tying

Pickles in the air!


by Grant M., 4th grade


H-ot Cocoa




D -ecember




by Fynn, kindergarten

Welcome to the Library

heart library
Our beautiful library is constantly growing. Currently the library features a collection of material including:

  • Fiction
  • Non-Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Biographies
  • Picture Books
  • Reference Books

Our goal is to make our library a vibrant, exciting place that the students look forward to visiting each week. The children learn about the library and its systems, but more importantly they cultivate a love of books they will take with them throughout their lives. 

Students from kindergarten to 5th grade come to the library with their teachers to check out books once a week.  Each student is able to check out one or two books per week, for a period of one week.

From our "Poet Tree" being filled with the students' original poems, to the new "Author of the Month" board, there is a lot going on in the library this year!

Use the links on the left to navigate to information on our site for both students and parents. We hope you have fun exploring!

VDM Library Media Tech, Jennifer Mundl -, Mon-Thurs

VDM Library Media Tech, Nora Gutierrez, Fridays 8-11:30

Meet Our Librarian

Mrs. Mundl LOVES books and science! She loves doing voices when she reads and she loves getting kids excited about reading!


Before she was a librarian, she lived by a river in France, worked for a member of Parliament in London, went to law school in Los Angeles, lived in a minuscule apartment in New York City, worked across the street from the White House, and accidentally sneezed on the Queen of England.


When she's not reshelving books, she loves to be at the beach with her family (and a book).  Her pets are all named after authors: She has 2 poodles named Huxley and Harper, and 2 cats named Lucy and Frank.

Book Reviews

Come here to check out reviews on some amazing children's books you may not have read yet! These are great for kids to read on their own, or for their favorite grown-up to read with them.

3 bears in a boat

Three bear siblings break their mother’s favorite blue seashell, and rather than tell her, they decide to set out in their sailboat to find her a new one. On their quest they encounter salty sailors, strange new islands, huge whales, and vast seas but no blue seashells. When a treacherous storm suddenly blows in, the three bears find themselves tossed about in their little boat, far from Mama. What will become of their search, and what will it take to bring them safely home?
This read aloud shares its best qualities with classic picture books: breath-taking illustrations, epic adventure, and a subtle message about taking responsibility for your actions.


violet the pilot

"Violet the Pilot" by Steve Breen is an amazing tale of a little girl named Violet, who loves to build flying machines with the junk she finds in the junkyard. She gets made fun of by the kids at school for being different - not playing with dolls, always wearing greasy coveralls and reading "strange books" (she reads "Principles of Aeronautics" at the lunch tables). But when a group of Boy Scouts gets into trouble, it's Violet who saves the day!


The Whale and The Snail

"The Snail and The Whale" by Julia Donaldson tells the story of a sweet little snail who longs to see more than her little rock in the harbor. When she puts out an advertisement for a "Ride Around The World", a whale answers and takes her on an adventure she's been dreaming about. But when her huge new friend gets beached after being confused by the loud sounds of boats in the bay, it's the tiny snail who saves the day, even though at first she thinks she's too small to help. This book is great to read aloud. Here is an exert:


"This is the whale who came one night

When the tide was high and the stars were bright

A humpback whale, immensely long,

Who sang to the snail a wonderful song

Of shimmering ice and coral caves

And shooting stars and enormous waves."


Please contact Jennifer Mundl if you have any questions about the books reviewed, or have books you and your family love that you'd like to see featured

Fall into a good book

Welcome Back!

The books have missed you!

I'm excited to see everyone in the library this year.  I'm getting our annual "Library Scavenger Hunt" ready (Mr. Gingerbread is still on vacation so he's not helping me this year!), lots of fun new books for storytime, and even a new Library Class Pet (we read a story about her last year - see if you can guess what kind of pet it is!)

The books and I can't wait to see you in the library!

Mrs. Mundl

In case you need some ideas for awesome books to read, here are some of my favorites:

Picture Books

1. We're All Wonders by RJ Palacio

2. Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld

3. Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio

4. Ice Boy by David Ezra Stein

5. Pandora by Victoria Turnbull

6. Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp


Early Chapter Book Series

1. Zoey and Sassafras by Asia Citro

2. Ada Lace On The Case by Emily Calandrell

3. Ballpark Mysteries by David Kelly

4. The Last Firehawk by Katrina Charman

5. Dragon Masters by Tracey West

6. Pete and Penny's Pizza Puzzles by Aaron Rosenberg


Chapter Books

1. Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

2. Wonder by RJ Palacio

3. Frindle by Andrew Clements (any of his books)

4.The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate


Nonfiction Books (picture books and chapter books)

1. Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins

2. Shark Lady by Jess Keating

3. Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the 1st Lunar Landing by Dean Robbins

4. I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis

5. The Street Beneath My Feet by Charlotte Guillain

6. The William Hoy Story by Nancy Churnin


Graphic Novels

1. Smile by Raina Telgemier



What's Happening In The Library This Month

Looking for a fun, seasonal picture book? Check out the top of the fiction shelves for the library’s recommendations of this season’s BEST books!


We have a NEW author featured this month! Come into the library to see who it is!


Our Poet Tree is taking shape! Come check out some of the amazing poetry books we have in the library. They’re in the nonfiction section with a Dewey Decimal number of 810.

There is a special section of the website dedicated to our amazing volunteers! Check the link on the left to find helpful information about shelving, events in the library and ways you can help make our library AMAZING for our kids! A HUGE thank you to all the dedicated volunteers that help keep our library running smoothly! There's no way we could do it without you!


What Book Is Mrs. Mundl Reading In The Library This Week?

Does your child love the book they heard for storytime this week?

Here's a list of some of the books Mrs. Mundl has been reading in the library:


1. "Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh" by Sally M. Walker

Winnie Book.

2. "The Water Princess" by Susan Verde"

The Water Princess book

3. "Costume Copycat" by Mayann Macdonald

Costume COpycat book

4. "Amerlia Bedelia's First Apple Pie" by Herman Parish

Amellia Bedelia first apple pie

5. "Violet The Pilot" by Steve Breen

violet the pilot


6. "They All Saw A Cat" by Brenden Wenzel

They All Saw a Cat FC
7. "The Invisible Boy" by Trudy Ludwig

the invisible boy


8. "The William Hoy Story" by Nancy Churnin

William HoyStory


9. "At The Same Moment Around The World" by Clotilde Perrin

At the Same Moment Around The World


10."Marie de Paris" by Francoise Sabatier-Morel

Marie de Paris