SJMS Library Happenings

February 2016

We hope you enjoyed your snow days! Rumor has it there is another possible storm coming next week! The library had a very busy start to the new year. We did a station-based lesson on figurative language with 6th grade language arts, began a research project on the civil rights movement with a 7th grade core class, introduced ebooks to a 6th grade team, and had many classes come in to check out books. We would love to work with you and your students! If you have an idea for a research project or need some new ideas for covering an SOL, let us know! Stop by the library, send us an email, or fill out our Library Planning Google form and let us know how we can help you. Our February calendar still has lots of open spots!

Reading Olympians

Reading Olympian students have been working hard over the last several months to read the books on the RO list, and their hard work is about to pay off! The school Reading Olympian Competition is this Friday, February 5 from 8:45 until 12. The top 4 winning teams will go on to represent Stonewall at the county competition on February 11 at Liberty Middle School. If you see a student wearing a Reading Olympian shirt on Friday, wish them good luck!


We have recently reorganized the Biography section to make the books more accessible to students. The books are now separated into categories such as writers, actors, musicians, athletes, etc. Each category has a different color label. While we were reorganizing, we also removed many books. Some were removed because they were outdated, but others were removed because we had more than one copy. These books are available to you! Please stop by the library by Friday and grab some for your classroom library! Any books remaining on Feb 5 will be boxed up.

3D Printing

Our makerspace has been very popular, especially the 3D printer! Any student who wishes to come to the makerspace during flex must sign up ahead of time. They will receive a pass to show to their flex teacher. Students with a pass for the makerspace can come to the library even if it isn't their grade-level day. Many students are interested in designing a model to print on the 3D printer. They don't need to use the makerspace in order to do that. They can design their object on any computer, and then sign up for the makerspace when they are ready to print. Direction sheets are available in the library for any student interested in learning how to create something for the 3D printer.