Our HFS Library has partnered up with the South Pasadena Library this Summer ’19 to encourage our students to participate in their Outreach Summer Reading Program:

Reading Takes you Everywhere!

  • Have your kids read or read out-loud 15-20 minutes each day.
  • Click the form below and print
  • Fill out the top of the form below
  • Color in a cloud on the form for each book read. (If you need more clouds, draw and color in a cloud on the back)
  • Turn in the form to the South Pasadena Library on the 31st of July


Ericka Giordano –  I am entering my 19th year as a staff member at Holy Family School. I have been a parishioner of Holy Family Church since as long as I can remember.  Not only am I full of gratitude and proud to be a graduate of Holy Family School, I am so proud of my Holy Family Knight of 2018! My daughter, now entering her sophomore year at Mayfield Senior School, appreciates all that her HFS teachers have done to prepare her for high school!

I have been Director of the Time Well Spent after school care program since 2005.  I love to see the excitement and energy each child brings to TWS each day. In addition to leading the Time Well Spent program. I am the Library Tech at Holy Family School. Reading is a great passion of mine and it is my hope that this passion is imparted on the students.

This is also my 7th year as Student Council Moderator, it is an amazing opportunity to be there to watch these student leaders develop their skills as commissioners of the Holy Family School student body.

The students make my work day so much fun and I am so thankful for such a blessing! I enjoy watching the children as they grow and knowing that I was a part of their lives!


The Holy Family School Library is open Monday through Friday.  Closed Mondays and Tuesdays from 12:20-1:05pm, however, appointments can be made ahead of time for middle school AR testing.  The children are welcome to come during lunch recesses to take Accelerated Reader tests, study, read, check in/return books, or do homework. Many times there are digital resources available in the library that coincide with books or topics we discuss during class time that the children can use during their lunch break.

Children in grades 1-4 may check out up to four books each week. If they choose to have the books longer than one week they will need to bring them back for renewal. Fines are not charged for overdue books, but rather a reward is given in the form of stickers and bookmarks for remembering to return books. New books cannot be checked out until all overdue books are returned. Testing for Accelerated Reader is also dependent upon all library books being returned or renewed.

It is tremendously exciting to see such avid readers here at Holy Family. A tremendous love of reading has been instilled in the students of Holy Family at home, it truly shows in their enthusiasm!

Reading is our passport to ADVENTURE!


Renaissance Place/Accelerated Reader

You and your child can access so much more through Renaissance Home Connect. Home Connect  improves the school-to-home connection by allowing parents and students to log in and view the student’s reading (and math practice for middle schoolers), as well as progress towards goals.

Parents can also specify up to six email addresses to receive automatic updates on their student’s math and reading progress.

Please email Ericka Giordano if you are interested in Home Connect and she can get you started!

AR Bookfinder is such a convenient tool! Click this link: ARBookFind for a list of ALL the Accelerated Reader tests that are available for students to take a quiz. You can search by book title, author, reading level or points. I encourage middle school students and parents to check this site for a quiz on a book being used for the middle school requirement.

Volunteer Opportunities

There is plenty of opportunity to gain service hours in the library! It is a great time to not only earn your service hours, but to spend time with your child and their classmates. During your time, you will help check books in/out, maybe read a story to the class, or shelve and repair books. Non library class volunteer hours are also available.

The Holy Family annual Book Fair is held in the library during Catholic Schools Week in January. Volunteers are needed to help set up (Friday before Catholic Schools Week), work after masses on the Sunday of the Book Fair, and at Thursday Night’s Open House.

Please contact me anytime to set up your volunteer time!

Ericka Giordano – Librarian

egiordano@holyfamily.org