Library & Media Center

Students lay on the floor and read books in the SRES Library
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Students sitting at a table reading books in the SRES Library
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A student checks out a book at the SRES Library
Check out books!

 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.

2022 Grand Canyon Reader Awards

Throughout this school year, SRES Librarian Mrs. Yurek introduced students to 10 books that were nominated for the 
2022 Grand Canyon Reader Award. Each book was filled with amazing illustrations and powerful storytelling.
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SRES students voted on their favorite book. "Frybread: A Native American Family Story" received the most votes (24%). Have you read it yet? We highly recommend!

Here's how the other candidates did:

2. No More Naps 15%
3. Otis P. Oliver Protests 12.5%
4. Jasper and Ollie Build a Fort 11.5%
5. There are No Bears in This Bakery 10%
6. Ronan the Librarian 9%
7. Dozens of Doughnuts 6.5%
8. How I Trained My Dog in Ten Days 5.5%
9. Tomorrow Most Likely 3.5%
10. Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border 2.5%

Click here to view the survey results.

Check out these FREE online literacy resources!

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. Log in today through your student Renaissance (AR login) account.


Link to Tumblebooks website.

Get FREE access toTumbleBooks, 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:

Username: saltelem
Password: books

 Click here to visit BookFlix.

Students get FREE access to BookFlixfrom Scholastic, which  pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. Log in today with these credentials:

Username: saltriver
Password: saltriver


Click here to visit the TrueFlix website.

Spend time with FREE access to TrueFlix by Scholastic, which is a nonfiction literacy resource where students build knowledge of subject-area content through paired videos and ebooks while sharpening important literacy skills. Log in today:

Username: saltriver
Password: saltriver

Library Specials Videos

It’s a favorite time of year: School begins and we gather together as a school family! Mrs. Yurek welcomes students back with a reminder of the titles were our favorites from the selection of Grand Canyon Reader Award nominees. Take a look at the read aloud videos of each title below. This annual event is so popular with students and families. We read and discuss 10 books and then vote to make one our school favorite! Which one was your favorite? Click here to watch other great literacy videos produced by Salt River Schools!

Mrs. Yurek gives students an overview of the SRES online library catalog, Destiny.

Whether you are completely unfamiliar with Accelerated Reader or just need a quick refresher on how to take an AR quiz on a book you recently read, Mrs. Yurek will take you through the steps which include how to login and how to navigate through the process.

Library videos from the 2020-21 school year

A message from SRES Librarian Mrs. Yurek: We are nearing the very end of the 2020-2021 school year. It has been a year where most of our connections to each other and to learning have been through an electronic device, such as a laptop, cellphone, or tablet. When school ends this week, it will be the perfect time to take a break from technology. Enjoy this sweet story about Blip, who accidentally finds herself “unplugged” from her computer and tumbles outside. Blip makes some very interesting discoveries now that she is finally…unplugged!

Click here to watch the author Steve Antony introduce the story "Unplugged."

Here are the SRES results from the Grand Canyon Reader Award (GCRA) picture book contest! Are you surprised? Thanks to everyone who voted (87 votes)! Click the image below to download a PDF of the voting results for SRES. Click here to get the results of the statewide vote.

2021 SRES GCRA Contest Winners! 

This week, we have Grand Canyon Reader Award Picture Book Nominee #7 "The Good Egg," by Jory John and Pete Oswald. Maybe this one will be your very favorite! We will vote later this spring after we have read all ten nominees. From the publisher: From the bestselling creators of "The Bad Seed," a timely story about not having to be Grade A perfect! Meet the good egg. He’s a verrrrrry good egg indeed. But trying to be so good is hard when everyone else is plain ol’ rotten. As the other eggs in the dozen behave badly, the good egg starts to crack from all the pressure of feeling like he has to be perfect. So, he decides enough is enough! It’s time for him to make a change.


World Read Aloud Day is Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, and Salt River Elementary School staff are celebrating by reading one of their favorite picture books, "Outside In," written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Cindy Derby. We hope you enjoy this mindful contemplation on the many ways nature affects our everyday lives, even when we don't think it does. Click here to learn more about the book. Click here for more details about World Read Aloud Day.

From Emory Health Institute: In “COVID-19 Helpers,” Seattle-based author and illustrator Beth Bacon and Kary Lee describe how people from all walks of life are helping to fight the virus. In age-appropriate language and using beautiful illustrations, Bacon and Lee describe what COVID-19 is, how it is transmitted and all of the people who are working to keep everyone safe. The key message of the book is that we can all help fight COVID-19, including children.

Very young children are active and busy. It can often be a challenge for them to relax when the time arrives to sit and listen to a story read by a teacher, librarian, or even a family member. Mrs. Yurek introduces a calming technique to use when settling down to read. It’s a technique that Daniel Tiger uses in the story Daniel Tiger Goes to the Library, read by Mrs. Yurek in this SRES Library Read Aloud. Click here for more information for a successful read aloud time with our youngest readers.


Book care is a big responsibility when reading a book. Learning how to keep your book safe from babies and pets in addition to making sure it stays clean and dry is a job for any patron who frequents a library. In this short video, Mrs. Yurek reviews book care and the importance of reading every single day.

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