You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be --
I had a parent who read to me.

- Strickland Gillilan

"There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning." 

Ms. Lucas, Adams librarian, with 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Bonthius on Dr. Seuss Day 2008

Dr seuss day 2008

Welcome to Adams School Library!

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Adams School is committed to improving our students’ reading skills each and every day.

Our library is open to all students every single school day.

 During the 2013-14 school year there were over 52,000 check-outs

from Adams School library!

We have over 11,500 books and hundreds of new books are added every year. We have books available at 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. Books are due after one week, but can be renewed if necessary. Kindergartners can check out books if their parents fill out a Parent Request Form, available in the library or from the kindergarten teacher. 

In addition, all Pre-K, kinder and 1st grade classes come to the library every week for read-aloud Story Time.

Parents are financially responsible for any lost or damaged library books.

Accelerated Reader

Every class at Adams participates in the Accelerated Reader (A.R.) reading program. Students are tested to determine their current reading level. They check out books within a range at that level. They then take self-directed quizzes on the computer for each book they read. 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. Students get immediate feedback on their reading progress. 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. 

Books! Books! Books! More Sources for AR Books!

You have additional opportunities for getting your children AR books besides our school library.

Go to the web-site:                              

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 (home, friend, public library or book store)

**Your student still needs to stay within the reading range the teacher has determined in order to take a quiz,


Orange County Public Libraries even have computers available for your use so you can look titles up before checking books out for free

Orange County Public Library-                               

The locations 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


Book Suggestions

Here are just a few sites that can help you pick books of interest to your children:


California Young Reader

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
Children's Literature reviewers read and critically review more than 4,000 books annually.


Guys' Read

Find books especially recommended for getting boys’ interested in reading.


Jim Trelease
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
Book suggestions and kids’ reviews.