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 SDCOE Helps Distribute Owl Book to Schools

San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) employees recently distributed nearly 1,000 free copies of books about a famous owl family to the libraries of each school in San Diego County.

The books, "Molly & McGee: The World's Most Famous Barn Owls" and "Molly The Owl" were created by Eric Blehm and feature the story of a family of barn owls in San Marcos who became an internet sensation thanks to a camera placed in their home. One is a picture book. The other one tells their story.

Blehm donated the books to the tiny Cardiff School District, which asked SDCOE’s Library Media Services unit for help distributing them to schools across the county. The books went to the schools in September and October after being processed by Liz Campos, a circulation technician with the unit.

In addition to a copy of one of the books, each school also got lesson plans that go with them along with fliers about online services and resources SDCOE offers, including the Digital Content Portal, a virtual library filled with digital books, videos, and informational grade-level-appropriate databases.

“Basically, we just wanted them to know who we are and what services we provide,” said Leslie Hays, director of SDCOE’s Library Media Services.

Some copies of the books also were used for SDCOE's Instructional Media Resource Assistant online professional development certificate of study course.