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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**

Banned & Challenged Books

List of banned and challenged books in Learning Center.

                      How many have you read?

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!

Chris Crutcher

July 17, 1946-


"I don't think I'll ever lose the feeling that I had when I read 'To Kill a Mockingbird' - Harper Lee was going back into her childhood. I grew up in a real small town - Lee's was in the South, mine the Northwest - but small towns have a lot in common. There was such a revelation in knowing that a story could be told like that."



Running loose

The deep end

Staying fat for Sarah Byrnes***


Whale talk***

King of the mild frontier***

The Sledding Hill***


Period 8***

Losers bracker***

& more

Short stories

Athletic shorts: six short stories

"Superboy" (from Ultimate sports: short stories by outstantding writers for Young Adults)

"Popeye the sailor" (from Dirty laundry: stories about family secrets)***

"Guns and geeks" (from On the fringe)

& more


***Titles in the library