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Vista View Elementary opens books to students over summer

Vista View Elementary School staff members encourage a love of reading during the school year and even during the summer, in a unique way.


Barb Cermak is the Vista View media center educational assistant.

For the past three years, students have been invited to stop by the Burnsville school during the summer to check out books.

“We want to keep our students reading all summer long,” said Principal Brad Robb. “An easy way to do that is to open the library to them.”

Students are also encouraged to visit the local public libraries, but access to their school library gives them another option that might be closer to home and easier to get to on foot or by bike.  

The library is open four hours a week [see schedule] only for Vista View students and their younger siblings. Barb Cermak, the school’s media center educational assistant, welcomes students, makes suggestions for reading, and checks out books. Staff members volunteer to read for weekly storytimes with students. Students can also use computers when they are there.

Cermak reports that students think it’s fun to be in the media center during the summer and they enjoy having less competition for popular books. They also like being the first to read brand new books. This year she surveyed students and staff members on how the library should spend some grant money for summer books and has purchased the top voter-getters.

Popular fiction books in the Vista View media center:

  • Puppy Place series by Ellen Miles
  • “Wayside School” by Louis Sachar
  • “Bad Kitty” by Nick Bruei
  • “Eerie Elementary” by Jack Chabert
  • “Origami Yoda” by Tom Angleberger
  • “Conspiracy 365” series by Gabrielle Lord
  • “Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson” by Rick Riordan.

Nonfiction favorites include: World Record Books, biographies and animal books of all kinds. Also popular are books about Star Wars, dinosaurs and Legos.

Posted: Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 09:30