Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Back to School Reads

It's that time of year again! Back to school is upon us and the kids need something to read, whether that's a fun chapter book or an informative book about what they should expect in the next coming months.

Here is a list of fun and helpful books about school for children of all ages.


Maisy Goes to Preschool
By Lucy Cousins

Maisy Goes to Preschool

Maisy the mouse has a busy day at preschool dancing, painting, singing and doing other things.

BL: 1.6 AR Pts: 0.5 Quiz No. 131086

What to Expect at Preschool
By Heidi Murkoff

What to Expect at Preschool

Angus, the lovable "Answer Dog" helps children and parents alike prepare for the first day of preschool by answering a full range of questions.


Kindergarten - Third Grade

If You Take a Mouse to School
By Laura Numeroff

If You Take a Mouse to School

Having been brought to school, Mouse gets in the spirit quickly and is soon participating in all the class activities by helping with a science project, doing a little math, and writing his very own book.

BL: 2.4 AR Pts: 0.5 Quiz No. 60905

The Kissing Hand
By Audrey Pennhe Kissing Hand

The Kissing Hand

A mother raccoon teaches her son a way to overcome his fear about going to kindergarten for the first time.

BL: 2.7 AR Pts: 0.5 Quiz No. 30793 

Junie B., first grader (at last!)
By Barbara Park

Junie B. Jones First Grader (at Last!)

Junie B. thinks first grade is a flop when her kindergarten friend Lucille prefers the company of twins Camille and Chenille and Junie B. needs glasses.

BL: 2.6 AR Pts: 1.0 Quiz No. 57153

I.Q. Goes to School
By  Mary Ann Fraser

I.Q. Goes to School 

Mrs. Furber brings I.Q., a rat, to be the classroom pet, but he has hopes of becoming Student of the Week.

BL: 3.7 AR Pts: 0.5 Quiz No. 65068

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon
By Patty Lovell

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

Even when the class bully at her new school makes fun of her, Molly remembers what her grandmother told her and she feels good about herself.

BL: 3.5 AR Pts: 0.5 Quiz No. 54446

Fourth - Sixth Grade

Who's Afraid of Fourth Grade
By Katie Kazoo 

Who's afraid of Fourth Grade

As long-awaited fourth grade starts, Katie is overwhelmed when the magic wind causes her to switch twice--first into a new classmate and then into Mr. Starkey, the school band leader.

BL: 3.5 AR Pts: 2.0 Quiz No. 80190

Sideways Stories from Wayside School
By Louis Sachar

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Thirty different stories describe the strange things that happen at Wayside School, an architectural accident that was built sideways, thirty stories high with one classroom on each floor.

BL: 3.3 AR Pts: 3.0 Quiz No. 5243

No Talking
By Andrew Clements

No Talking

The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the equally loud fifth grade girls to a "no talking" contest.

BL: 5.0 AR Pts: 4.0 Quiz No. 115396

The View from Saturday
By E.L. Konigsburg

The View from Saturday

Mrs. Olinski has prepared her team, The Souls, for The Academic Bowl State Finals and, in the process, has learned a lot about the personal life of the team members, discovering their diverse personalities and backgrounds.

BL: 5.9 AR Pts: 7.0 Quiz No. 15098

Middle School

Surviving Middle School
By Luke Reynolds

Surviving Middle School:  navigating the halls, riding the social roller coaster, and unmasking the real you

In this hilarious guide full of honest, real-life experiences, veteran teacher Luke Reynolds skillfully and humorously shows kids how to not only survive, but thrive and even enjoy the wild adventure that is middle school.


The Classroom: The Epic Documentary
of a Not-Yet-Epic Kid
By Robin Mellom

The Classroom: The Epic Documentary of a Not-Yet-Epic Kid

A documentary crew has descended upon Westside Middle School to detail the life of an average seventh grader and his classmates.

BL: 4.9 AR Pts: 6.0 Quiz No. 152362

High School

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
By Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Charlie struggles to cope with complex world of high school as he deals with the confusions of sex and love, the temptations of drugs, and the pain of losing a close friend and a favorite aunt.

BL: 4.8 AR Pts: 9.0 Quiz No. 32374

A Step Toward Falling
By Cammie McGovern

A Step Toward Falling

Emily has always been the kind of girl who tries to do the right thing—until one night when she does the worst thing possible. She sees Belinda, a classmate with developmental disabilities, being attacked. Inexplicably, she does nothing at all.

BL: 4.8 AR Pts: 14.0 Quiz No. 177042

Infinite in Between
By Carolyn Mackler

Infinite in Between

Five students who meet in freshman orientation agree to write notes to their future selves and promise to reunite in exactly four years when they are ready to graduate from high school.

BL: 4.5 AR Pts: 10.0 Quiz No. 176595

Happy Reading!
Lompoc Library Staff

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

10 Things You Pay for that are Free at the Library

1. Books ( Hardcovers, ebooks and audiobooks)

Books are expensive, averaging about $28 for a hardcover. Buying five books a year would cost almost $150. Stop in at the library to browse our print books and books on CD, or visit us online at http://www.blackgold.org.

For the digitally inclined, these are our platforms where you can download free ebooks and audiobooks:

2. Magazine & News

We offer several different magazines and newspapers at the library, but we also have a huge online magazine collection. Zinio is advertised as "The World's Largest Newsstand." All you need for access is a library card.

3. Music (CD's and Digital)

We have music CDs and an amazing online collection that you can stream straight through your phone. Check out our collection on Hoopla.

4. Access to a Librarian

Before there was Google, there were librarians. Our staff are here to help you, just ask!

5. Internet / Wifi

The library provides free internet computers and Wifi throughout the building. We also loan Internet Hotspots that you can check out for a week at a time. Put yourself on the hold list here: Internet Hotspot

6. Movies

Movies and TV shows are some of our most popular items. The library usually has what you're looking for and you can request that we purchase anything we don't have. You can also watch movies on your phone or computer through our digital service, Hoopla. Just sign up with an email and your library card. 

7. Learn a foreign language

Ever dreamed of learning a foreign language from the comfort of your own home, on your own time? Pronunciator makes this possible, get started with your library card here.

8. Job prep/Learning Express

"LearningExpress Library™ provides the most comprehensive selection of academic and career-related resources available in one platform. It provides academic skill building in reading, writing, math, and science, standardized test preparation, soft skills training, job search and career advancement, college admissions test preparation, professional licensing and certification test preparation, high school equivalency test prep, and much more."

Try it out here with your library card: Learning Express Library

9. Homework Help

Your kids can get free homework help at the library. We have a volunteer here Tuesday-Thursday from 3-5 PM.

10. Entertainment

The Library offers an array of free programming for all ages. Summer is our prime time for programming, but we have a variety of programs for all ages year round. Check out our Calendar of Events.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Staff Picks

Hello, welcome to our very first blog post!
Our staff read some great books last year, so here's to you reading some great books this year!

Ready Player One 
by Ernest Cline
Dystopian Fiction

Ready Player One

It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

 by Alexandra Bracken


When a violin prodigy who has lost everything wakes up on a ship in another time, a man wants to escape a life of servitude is forced to confront his past while keeping his former captors from claiming a stolen object of untold value.

Red Rising 
by Pierce Brown
Science Fiction

Red Rising 

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and lush winds spread across the planet. Darrow - and Reds like him - are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

The Husband's Secret
 by Liane Moriarty

The Husband's Secret

Discovering a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her husband's death, Cevelia is unable to resist reading the letter and discovers a secret that shatters her life and the lives of two other women.

Harry Potter and the
 Cursed Child
 by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

As an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father, Harry Potter struggles with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs while his youngest son, Albus, finds the weight of the family legacy difficult to bear.

All the Light We Cannot See
 by Anthony Doerr
Historical Fiction

All the Light We Cannot See

A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker struggle with respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.

Moonwalking With Einstein
 by Joshua Foer

Moonwalking With Einstein

Citing memory-related inconveniences suffered by average individuals, the author chronicles his own struggles with chronic forgetfulness and his year in memory training, as well as sharing historical lore and memory techniques.

Ender's Game
 by Orson Scott Card
Science Fiction

Ender's Game

An expert at simulated war games, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin believes that he is engaged in one more computer war game when, in truth, he is commanding the last Earth fleet against an alien race seeking Earth's complete destruction.

Carry On, Warrior
 by Glennon Doyle Melton

Carry On, Warrior

A New York Times essayist shares her journey from a self-destructive college student to a devoted family woman and teacher while illuminating the importance of trusting in a higher power and being truthful about life's challenges.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Wild : From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.

Happy reading!
Lompoc Library Staff