From the Library Desk

Get ready for the best school year ever!

Welcome to the SOMS Library!

This letter serves as a short introduction to your child’s wonderful library.

My name is Christine Jansen, the new librarian at South Orange Middle School. Returning this year, we have Michele Mitchell, the library secretary. We are so happy to help your child explore the library and discover what it has to offer them.

We are very excited to announce that the library has a new website that you or your child can consult for information. Some of the items featured are quick links to databases and educational resources. Don’t forget to also check the website for the monthly library newsletter and library happenings in the blog. You can find the website at

The SOMS library offers print and digital resources for personal and academic needs. The library is open during lunch and after school. Students will also have the ability to visit the library when their classes come in to do research. When permitted by classroom teachers, students are welcome to come to the library to study and use the library computers.

Students may checkout up to 2 books, for 10 school days. NOOKS can be checked out with a signed Parent Permission form. Forms are available online and at the library.

The library has some exciting opportunities in store for your child this year:

  • We will be cultivating lifelong readers who find joy and knowledge from reading books and other media.
  • We will be creating a learning environment that provides every student access to technology as well as the knowledge of how to use it effectively and ethically.
  • We will be building student knowledge of research strategies including setting criteria for credibility, accuracy and relevance.

If you would like to volunteer to help in the library, please let us know. We'd love to have you. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Jansen by email or phone.


Christine Jansen


South Orange Middle School

Phone: (973) 378-2772 x2015



Twitter: @LibrarySOMS