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Ms. Diane Brown 

Library Technician

(209) 736-2507 ext. 1326  

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California Recommended Reading List

Want to know what books are on the list or if the book you're reading is listed?

Check out the link below

Make sure to narrow your search to Grades 9-12

California Dept. of Education Recommended Literature


All books on this list meet the standards for Common Core

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Learning Center

AKA The Library

Learning  Center Hours
Monday - Thursday 7:15 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday  7:15 AM - 3:00 PM
**Closed Weekends & School Holidays**

Follett Destiny

Access destiny

Did you know?

You can now access the Library 24/7.

 With the Destiny Discover you can search books, Ebooks, databases and websites anytime and anywhere. (Be sure to disable your pop up blocker). Just click the icon above find enter school name and login into Destiny Discover.   You can now use your student Google account to login to Destiny.

****Staff: You can use your Google account to login as well. If you previously had created an account your login should be unchanged.




Also available as a mobile app.  Download now!   

  App store  google play     amazon app

Overdrive Ebooks


Visit the BH Digital Library

All you need is your Destiny login

Need help downloading to your device? Go to Overdrive help  to to learn how

Get the Sora, by Overdrive app to read ebooks and listen to audiobooks

Try in in your browser

app store  google play

OverDrive ebooks are now completely integrated with Destiny. 

Events in the Learning Center


Besides the 10,000+ library books on our shelves we have a growing Ebook collection.  We also subscribe to several research databases.  You can access the library catalog, Ebooks, websites, and databases with your Bret Harte Google log in.  Need assistance? Ask or email Ms. Brown for help.



Project Gutenberg offers over 53,000 free ebooks: choose from free epub books and free kindle books, download them or read them online.

Student Links

Links Available on Campus ONLY

Happy Birthday!

Alice Walker

February 9, 1944-

Novelist, short story writer, poet, political activist

"Although some people think I am a romantic novelist I have always thought of myself as a rather gritty radical historian."

Novels & short story collections

The third life of Grange Copeland

In love and trouble: stories of black women


The color purple***

The temple of my familiar***

Possessing the secret of joy

The complete stories

plus many more

Poetry collections


Revolutionary petunias and other poems

Good night, Willie Lee, I'll see you in the morning

Horses make a landscape more beautiful

Her blue body everything we know: Earthling poems***

plus many more

Non-fiction books

In search of our mothers' gardens

Living by the word

Warrior marks

The same river twice

Anything we love can be saved

Plus many more


Beauty: when the other dancer is the self

***Titles in the library