Library & Media Center

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 Mrs. Nancy Yurek, Library Media Specialist
SRES Media Center: 480-362-2451

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday 7:45 AM - 3:15 PM
Early Release Days 7:45 AM - 12:30 PM 

SRES Library Catalog

Media Center Etiquette - Students are welcome to visit the Media Center every day. Students can stop by in the morning before Running Club to switch out books or take an Accelerated Reader Quiz. The library has open access all day long, students are welcome to visit throughout the day with a hall pass from their teacher or during recess.

Check out these FREE online literacy resources!

Link to myON website
Enjoy FREE access to a vast selection of e-books for students of all ages! myOn by Renaissance is the perfect tool for giving kids access to a wide range of books while schools and libraries are closed. myOn offers great collection of reading selections that one can use to engage students of all ages in reading. Log in today with these credentials:

School Name: Read at Home
Username: readnow

Link to Tumblebooks website.

Get FREE access to TumbleBooks, which are animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. Log in today with these credentials:

Username: saltelem
Password: books

Welcome to the SRES Library, 2020-2021SY Edition!

2020 Grand Canyon Reader Awards - Mrs. Yurek created these 10 read aloud videos to showcase the nominees of the 2020 Grand Canyon Reader Awards. Mrs. Yurek reads books throughout the year and SRES students vote for their favorite - stay tuned for the results to learn which book took the coveted No. 1 spot!

GCRA Picture Book Nominee #10: Pie is for Sharing
A picnic, a beach, a pie cut into pieces and shared with good friends. Pie is for sharing. It starts off round, and you can slice it into as many pieces as you want. What else can be shared? A ball, of course. A tree? What about time?

GCRA Picture Book Nominee #9: Little Wolf's First Howling
Some may favor the proper way to howl, but what if you have a song in your heart that needs to come out? A delightful, disarmingly funny tale for little and big wolves everywhere.

GCRA Picture Book Nominee #8: The Koala Who Could
This book by Rachel Bright is about Kevin the koala, who loves every day to be the same, where it's snug and safe. But when change happens, will Kevin learn all the joys that come with trying something new?

GCRA Picture Book Nominee #7: Dragon Was Terrible
We all know dragons are terrible, but this one is especially terrible. He scribbles in books. He steals candy from baby unicorns. He even burps in church. Seriously, who does that? Dragon, that's who. The king, the knights, and the villagers are desperate to take down this beast once and for all. But sometimes it's up to the unlikeliest of heroes to tame a dragon this terrible.

GCRA Picture Book Nominee #6: Nerdy Birdy
"Nerdy Birdy" is a book by Aaron Reynolds about a bird who likes reading, video games, and reading about video games, which immediately disqualifies him for membership in the cool crowd. One thing is clear: being a nerdy birdy is a lonely lifestyle. When he's at his lowest point, Nerdy Birdy meets a flock just like him. He has friends and discovers that there are far more nerdy birdies than cool birdies in the sky.

GCRA Picture Book Nominee #5: Cookiesaurus Rex
As soon as Cookiesaurus Rex comes out of the oven, he declares that he is King of All Cookies. He should be frosted before all of the standard-shaped cookies, in a nice bright green. But the other cookies are getting sprinkles, or shiny stars, or even gumdrops . . . WAIT ONE STINKIN’ STOMPIN’ MINUTE! Cookiesaurus wants a do-over. Problem is, he might not end up with the kind of “do” he wants. Readers will love the funny back-and-forth between this cheeky cookie and the hand that frosts him. See who gets his licks in at the end! 

GCRA Picture Book Nominee #4: The Bear Who Wasn't There

This story by LeUyen Pham takes readers a hilarious search for the missing title character.This book is about Bear... so what happens when he doesn't show up on his page? Who will find him? Will it be Giraffe, who himself seems to always be in the wrong place at the wrong time, or Cow, or perhaps even the author herself?

GCRA Picture Book Nominee #3: The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC's (the Hard Way)
The book starts with a curious cat leaving his cozy bed to investigate the outdoors only to be pursued by an ALLIGATOR, a BEAR, and a CHICKEN. When a DRAGON join in pursuit, things start to get REALLY interesting… This alphabet book tells a story without words. The reader becomes engaged to interpret the story based on the illustrations.

Wordless picture books are great for people of all ages. Since the author hasn’t included the words to go with the pictures, readers can create their own stories using the images on the page. The books promote storytelling as everyone enjoying the book can add to the illustrations they see. Lots of learning takes place when using a wordless picture books and can be utilized by students of all ages.

Older students love to see the illustrations capture the story. Also, since we all know stories have a beginning, middle, and end, wordless books help promote sequencing. Inference can be taught with the pictures, even though words are not present. Students can predict what will happen next. Have fun reading this next nominee!

 GCRA Picture Book Nominee #2: Be Quiet!
"Be Quiet!" was written and illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins. It is about a mouse named Rupert who wants is to star in a beautiful, wordless picture book. One that's “visually stimulating!” He has plenty of ideas about what makes a great book, but his friends, Nibbs and Thistle, just WON'T. STOP. TALKING.

GCRA Picture Book Nominee #1: After the Fall
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