Parent Resources

Library Resources for Your Young Reader

1000 Books Project

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If you are a parent or guardian of a Preschool (4 years and up), Kindergarten or 1st Grade student, you and your child are invited to participate in the 1000 Books Project. The purpose of the project is to foster a love of reading by providing families with wonderful books to read. Each bag contains 10 books, and for every 100 books read, your child can select a free paperback book. A child who reads 1000 books will have his/her name displayed on a plaque in the school library. Download and print the 1000 Books Contract in English or the 1000 Books Contract in Spanish, bring it to your child's school's library and begin this enriching, enjoyable activity with your child.

Read-At-Home Backpacks

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Second and 3rd Grade students can check out Read-at-Home Backpacks. Each backpack contains an age-appropriate book in both English and Spanish that you can read with your child, or your child can read to you. You can use these reading experiences to help your child develop reading skills by talking about the story. Use the At-Home Activity Sheet that comes in each backpack to guide your discussion. Each sheet contains suggested activities to do before your read, while you are reading and after your read the book. These activity sheets are provided in both English and Spanish.

Books for Checkout

Please print the Parent Library Card Form, complete it and bring it to your child's school library if you would like to check out books on behalf of your Kindergarten or First Grade student. That way he or she will have books to read at home, if you choose not to participate in the 1000 Books Project.

Ebooks and Audiobooks While at School and Away from School

Ebooks and Audiobooks: Your child can also access ebooks and audiobooks from any internet connected device. Search the library OPAC to find out what is available by following these English or Spanish instructions.

Articles and Links about Reading

General Library Information

Library Links

  • AR BookFinder is a great website for your child to use to find out if a book he/she has, or wants to check out from the public library has an Accelerated Reader Test. It will also tell you the reading level and point value of that book. Select How to Use AR Bookfinder to learn how to use this tool. The website can also be viewed in Spanish.
  • World Book Online is an online encyclopedia that can be accessed from school or remotely. It is a resource provided by the Richland School District, and requires a log in. Please have your child ask the Library Assistant at his/her school for the log in information.
  • Richland School Library Online Catalog. Link to this site and find your child's school to search for books.
  • Kern County Public Library. You and your child can search the public library catalog and check out books if either of you have a library card.

"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all." -Jacqueline Kennedy


books on a shelfYour child can checkout a Playaway, if you sign a Playaway Contract, and he/she is in the 6th, 7th or 8th Grade. Playaways are devices that come preloaded with an audiobook. Have your child bring the signed contract to the library to check out one of these audiobooks. If your child needs earbuds, they are available for purchase for $1.50 in the school library.