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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Bookmobile service coming to Apple Valley

San Bernardino County Library Adventure BusThe public is invited to visit the San Bernardino County Library Adventure Bus Bookmobile at the Newton T. Bass Apple Valley Branch Library, 14901 Dale Evans Parkway in Apple Valley every Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. beginning December 1. The Bookmobile offers the following services:

•             Get a library card

•             Check out materials

•             Return or renew materials

•             Request materials from other San Bernardino County Library branches

Services are also available at the temporary location of the Apple Valley Branch Library at the Victor Valley Museum, 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley, 760-240-2111.  Library hours at the museum are Monday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For full library services, visit these branches in the area:

Hesperia Branch Library

9650 7th Avenue in Hesperia


Adelanto Branch Library

11497 Bartlett Avenue in Adelanto


Janice Horst Lucerne Valley Branch Library

33103 Old Woman Springs Road in Lucerne Valley


Phelan Memorial Library

9800 Clovis Road in Phelan


The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all the people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision, by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County Library system, please visit or call (909) 387-2220

Add a book to your gifts, donations this holiday season

In the spirit of the Vision2Read campaign, the community is encouraged to add a book to their holiday gifts this year.

Add a book to gifts for family and friends and add a book when contributing to holiday toy and gift drives.

The gift of literacy is the gift of a better life. In San Bernardino County, 69 percent of third graders do not meet new California English language arts/literacy standards. Access to books profoundly impacts a child’s academic and career achievement.

Vision2Read is a year-long Countywide Vision campaign to help improve literacy throughout San Bernardino County by connecting people to literacy resources and volunteer opportunities. Read more about the campaign at

Need inspiration? Watch this video and spread the word to add a book this holiday season on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #AddABook.

First 5 San Bernardino Reach Out and Read event attracts pediatricians

ROAR pediatriciansFirst 5 San Bernardino and American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 2 held an informational dinner on Nov. 5 for local pediatricians interested in bringing Reach Out and Read to pediatric care waiting rooms.

Reach Out & Read® is a national program that distributes books through pediatricians to connect reading as a vital practice for quality early childhood development. While in the waiting room, volunteer readers or parents themselves are provided books to read to their children, increasing the child’s interaction and exposure to words. Parents of children ages 5 and under will able to take prescribed books home to build their child’s library and early literacy capacity.

About 35 guests attended the dinner and many in the pediatric community were already familiar with the program and excited to implement it into their practices. An additional dinner targeting the High Desert region will be forthcoming.

For more information on this initiative in San Bernardino County, visit or call (909) 386-7706. For information on the national program, visit

Middle College High School ranks in top 10 in California

MCHS LogoSan Bernardino City Unified School District’s Middle College High School, which has long been one of the top-performing schools in the Inland Empire, is now among the best in California., which evaluates the academic performance of schools around the nation, recently ranked Middle College High ninth in the state based on student test scores. Middle College ranked better than 99.9 percent of high schools in California and was the only school in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties to make the Top 10 list.

Located adjacent to San Bernardino Valley College, Middle College serves about 300 students. Eighty percent of students are initially recruited as middle-performing students, who with the additional challenge of dual enrollment and increased academic support, thrive in a smaller learning community.

Principal James Espinoza believes the school’s success comes from having 100 percent engagement from students, staff, District, parents, community and SBVC.

“Our goal is simple,” Espinoza said. “Every student will be prepared to graduate from a four-year college of choice in preparation for careers of choice that require a four-year degree or higher.”

At Middle College High School, failure is not an option.

“We know that when we set the academic bar high, students will meet and exceed our expectations,” Espinoza added.

For the 2015-16 school year, 23 Middle College students are on track to graduate with an Associate of Arts degree, giving them a jump on their college and career goals.

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