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Jen Derstine

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Jen Derstine
Library Media Specialist
610-489-2991 x4624

Tina Anderson
Library Assistant
610-489-2991 x4653

Welcome to the library
All students will have regular library class once per cycle. In addition, we have an "open door policy," which means that students are welcome to come and trade library books any day or every day. There is no need to wait for the regular library class.

If you have questions or problems, please contact me or Tina Anderson.
Birthday books
(Currently Closed for the 2019-2020 School Year)
We would like to introduce you to a wonderful program in the library—our Birthday Book Program. Through this program you can donate a book to our school library in honor of your child’s birthday. This allows you to do something special for your child and our school at the same time. 
Last year this program raised around $5000 for our library and purchased around 250 brand new books! Fundraising continues to be our only source of acquiring new books. When you purchase a book with this program we do the following: 
  • Put a personalized bookplate in the front of the book with your child’s name 
  • Add your child’s name to our Birthday Book display
  • Present the book to your child during library class 
  • Check out the brand new book to your child to take home and share with you 
  • In short, we do our best to make your child feel special 
For the full details and the form to fill out to join the Birthday Book program, please click here.

Thank you for your support! 

Birthday books can be ordered at any time during the year, but if you want a book ordered specific to your child’s interests, please fill out the attached form and return the form and payment to the school by Friday, October 9th. Request made after the initial order may not arrive in time for your child’s birthday.  We will start presenting books when the order arrives, usually, mid/end of October. If your child’s birthday is in June, July, August, or September, we will celebrate on his/her “half-year” birthday (or asap, if you prefer).

The cost of an average library book including special binding, processing, and shipping, is $20.00. We ask for a monetary donation from you, rather than a book donation. You may help us select the interest and grade level of the birthday book, but we would prefer to select the specific books, as we know what we already have and can usually get a sturdier binding designed for multiple user wear and tear. If you participate in the program, we will email you several weeks before your child’s birthday to let you know what book we have chosen.

We would like to have payment included when you sign up. This will greatly simplify the process for us, and allow us better budgeting. Please make checks payable to “South Library Fund.”   If you don’t choose to sign up now, this form will remain on the website throughout the year if you change your mind. Questions: please email or stop in!


Book Fair

Update!  Thank you for supporting the South Library!
We had a very successful Class Coin Challenge and Arctic Adventure Book Fair!
We earned over $5000 in book credits to purchase new books from Scholastic!
We also were able to purchase $2900 in books for our classrooms and library from the Class Coin Challenge!  Scholastic will donate $2700 in books on our behalf to the Kids in Need Foundation.

The next book fair is scheduled for October 2020.
Students shop the book fair during their scheduled library class.  Parents are welcome to join their child's class at the book fair!
Volunteers are needed!  Please look for more information about the book fair this spring!
Sales from book fair benefit the South library and allow us to purchase books for our library throughout the year.


Do you have a morning or afternoon free?  Do you like to see things neat and orderly?  If so, then South Elementary Library is the place for you!  We are recruiting volunteers for our South Library.  Jobs for volunteers include checking books in and out for students, putting away books, reading shelves (putting books in alphabetical order or numerical order), and, helping children locate books in the Library.

       If you are interested in volunteering, please email the library assistant, Mrs.Tina Anderson @

***  Remember that all adults working in the building with children must submit the District’s security forms that can be obtained on PVSD website.***

If you cannot help on a regular basis, please consider being a one-time volunteer during our annual Book Fairs in October and April.  More information will be sent home later in the year for Book Fair volunteers.  Thank you for your help.