The South Davis Spartan library exists to ensure that the library is a safe place where patrons can be effective users and creators of information and ideas. We will empower our patrons to be critical thinkers, effective collaborators, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and to develop a lifelong love of reading.
Library is open before and after school, and between classes for you to check out or return books.
You may also email me the books you want at: email@example.com and I will check it out to you and have it waiting in the office for you to pick up.
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Libraries always remind me that there are good things in this world!
Library Destiny Catalog
School library catalog site
Sora - ebooks
Student login: Student username and pin #
Teacher login: Encore username and password
Utah's Online Library Database Catalog
Ask the librarian for the login information to use from home.
If you have a book you would like to suggest we purchase for our library, you may either fill out the form below or come into the library and fill out the form on the front desk. Please make sure your suggestion would be appropriate for junior high readers.
Spartan Library Procedures and Guidelines 2023-2024
Mission Statement: The South Davis Spartan library exists to ensure that the library is a safe place where patrons can be effective users and creators of information and ideas. We will empower our patrons to be critical thinkers, effective collaborators, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and to develop a lifelong love of reading.
Phone: (801) 402-6408
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:45-3:15
Davis School District
South Davis Junior High Spartan Library follows the Davis School District Library Policies and Guidelines. See links below for details.
· The Spartan Library strives to provide a balanced collection of books for a broad range of readers, ages, and interests.
· Not every book is appropriate for every reader. It is up to patrons to choose books that are appropriate for them and to self-censor their own reading.
· We celebrate the rights of the reader to choose to read, or not read, a book.
· Books will be checked out to students for twenty days.
· Students may check out up to three books at a time.
Lost or Damaged Items
· Lost or damaged items should be reported to the librarian right away.
· The fine to replace a lost or damaged book must be paid in the office and the receipt should be brought to the library.
· Students who damage or lose materials will be fined the cost of replacing the item.
· Intentional or negligent damage to makerspace tools will result in a fine to fix or replace the item.
· Fines for lost or damaged books are non-waivable.
· Respect the library space and its materials.
· Respect the property and space of other patrons using the library.
· Follow all school rules.
· Food and drink with special permission.
· Books and library resources will be purchased as determined by the yearly budget plan in accordance with the below acquisition policy.
· Our collection will include both middle age (4th-8th grades) and young adult (ages 12+) titles.
· Our school serves students from 12-15 years of age, and the library will provide a broad range of reading material to fit all levels of student interests and developmental maturity.
· Multiple sources are used to evaluate books prior to purchasing. These include, but are not limited to: Horn Book List, School Library Journal, Goodreads, award winners, colleague recommendations, and starred reviews.
New materials will be purchased in accordance with the following criteria:
· Does the item support the curriculum?
· Does the item fulfill teacher, student, or community needs?
· Is the item relevant, reliable, and current?
· Does the item encourage reading for pleasure and fit with student interests?
· Is this item developmentally appropriate?
· Is this item of high literary quality?
· Does this title help represent diverse and multicultural perspectives to help maintain balanced views in our collection?
· Is this item an award winner, high interest, popular title, or required to complete a series?
· Student and faculty recommendations are welcome!
· Recommendations can be made in the library or filling out the form on the library’s website.
· Recommendations will go through the acquisition policy questions.
Weeding and Inventory
· Inventory and weeding are necessary to keep the library’s collection current and relevant.
· Informal weeding will take place continually throughout the year as needed.
· A formal inventory will take place once a year.
· Missing items are tagged for removal from the system. If the item is missing for more than one year, it is deleted or replaced.
· Donations are welcome, but the librarian reserves the right of review and placement in the library.
· Cash donations can be made through the office.
· Used books in good condition will be accepted in accordance with the acquisition policy.
· Unsuitable used books will be politely turned down, donated to teachers’ classrooms, used for library prize giveaways, or donated to a local charity.
· Students may check out makerspace items for use in the library before or after school with approval from the librarian.
· Students are responsible for damage caused through neglect or intentional misuse of items.
· Parents are encouraged and welcomed to be involved with their child’s reading choices.
· As stated in the DSD Library Policy, “A parent desiring to restrict their child’s access to specific library books or materials shall submit the request in writing to the library professional at the school the child is attending.”
Challenged Library Material
· Occasionally, the content of media material may be questioned.
· All concerns should be brought directly to the librarian’s attention in a timely manner.
· Often, parent concerns can be addressed by talking through the library’s policies and working with the librarian to restrict their own child’s access to specific library materials if needed.
· If further action is desired, the district’s policy in place for formal reconsideration of library materials will be followed.
· Students may use their own devices at any time in the library for research, reading, or other educational purposes, unless otherwise instructed.
· All students must have signed the DSD Acceptable Use agreement before using school computers.
· Computer use will be denied to those who do not follow the DSD Acceptable Use guidelines.
In addition to managing the library and promoting literacy, the teacher-librarian will collaborate with teachers to provide instruction in the following areas:
1. Supplement the curriculum and DESK Standards.
2. Use multiple forms of media for effective research.
3. Promote information literacy.
4. Teach skills to promote life-long learning.
Books are selected for the Spartan Library by student request, best seller lists, other librarian suggestions and librarian choice. Public written reviews help guide the selection of books, as well as looking at what other similar schools in our district have on their shelves. Books with graphic sexual scenes, adult content or other objectionable content are not purchased for the library. However, being sensitive to the wide variety of students we have in our school, books are chosen to appeal to diverse students. Students are taught that if a book is objectionable to them they should stop reading, shut the book and return it to the library. We realize that not all books are for all students.
CHALLENGED LIBRARY MATERIAL PROCEDURES A parent desiring action beyond restricting their own child's access to a particular book or material contained in the library media center of the school his/her child attends may challenge the placement of the item through the Challenge of Library Media Materials process.
SCHOOL LEVEL CHALLENGE
1. The parent must submit a completed School Level Challenge of Library Media Materials Form to the school’s library media professional. The Form may be obtained from the school's library professional or from the district website.
2. Upon receipt of the completed Form, the library professional will notify the District Supervisor of the request and call a meeting of the Collection Evaluation Committee (“School Committee”) to introduce the request.
3. The material in question will remain in use during the challenge process.
4. The school library professional will provide School Committee members access to the challenged material as well as public written reviews of the material from professional review sources. The School Committee members will be assigned to read, view, or listen to the material in its entirety as well as the reviews.
5. After being afforded time to review the material and reviews, the School Committee will reconvene, at which time the parent has the option to meet with the School Committee to present his/her views. The School Committee will then dismiss the parent.
6. The School Committee will deliberate the issues and reach a decision. A decision is made by a majority vote. The School Committee will decide whether to retain the material in the library media center, relocate the material within the library media center, or remove the material from the library media center.
7. The parent will be notified of the School Committee's decision in writing within a reasonable time period.
8. The same material cannot be challenged at that particular school for at least three years.
The Library Media DESK focuses and prioritizes the reading and information literacy skills that students need to know and be able to use to help them read and research effectively in all subjects and with a variety of technologies.
Utah's Online Library - great resource. If using from home come to the library to get the password so you can sign in. It is an automatic sign in at school.
Library of Congress - Has tons of information on pretty much everything.
Website Evaluation Checklist - always a good idea to make sure the website you are using is a credible one.
Citation Machine - This is an easy way to have the citation of a book, webpage, article, magazine, etc written for you. You put in the information it asks for and it generates your citation ready to be copy/pasted in your paper.
OWL at Purdue - The Online Writing Lab at Purdue will help you format your citations and works cited page using either MLA or APA formatting
Some books that I have read recently include:
by Kwame Alexander
"With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering," announces dreadlocked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court.
But Josh has more than basketball in his blood. He's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander. Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.
The Trials of Apollo, Book Three: The Burning Maze
by Rick Riordan
The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg. Thanks a lot, Dad.
With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor--and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles--somewhere in the American Southwest. There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: The cloven guide alone the way does know. They will have a satyr companion, and Meg knows just who to call upon. . . .
Reading is one way to experience how others in diverse cultures live and think. Let's celebrate diversity!
"Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness."
– Ola Joseph
Books you may want to check out to learn more about diversity:
A Black Friend: on being a better white person - by Frederick Joseph
The Outsiders - by S.E. Hinton
Almost American Girl - by Robin Ha
The Hate You Give - by Angie Thomas
Immigrant Kids - by Russell Freedman
Americanized: rebel without a green card - by Sara Saedi
Refugees by Alan Gratz
As well as many non-fiction books about countries and cultures
"Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions." (https://casel.org/what-is-sel)
Here are some websites you can use when you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed:
Use your user name and password to access