MJHS Library

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” Richard Steele
“Books had instant replay long before televised sports.” Bern Williams

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Michelle Hallihan, District Librarian

Colleen Lenz, Library Aide

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  • Library Hours are M-F 7:55-2:25
  • Students attend the library once per week with their reading class. 
  • Students must have their school ID to check out books.
  • Students are allowed to check out up to 3 books at a time.
  • Check out length is 10 school days (excludes weekends and holiday schedule)
  • Fines are .10 per day per item (excluding non school days)
  • Students will be reminded of overdue books and existing fines.
  • Once $1.00 in fines is accumulated, a student’s account is suspended. The student may not check out a book until the fines are paid.
  • In the event that a student loses a book, he/she will receive a letter informing him/her of the cost to replace the book as well as a $2.00 processing fee.           

In addition to encouraging reading, the library also serves as a research center. The library contains many sets of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauruses, and atlases. It also contains a computer lab of approximately 30 laptops. Teachers may bring their classes to do research and to type reports. In addition, Mrs. Milosevich is always available to provide information literacy activities to all classes. Information Literacy is the ability to find information, evaluate it, and use it effectively.

Upcoming Activities

In early spring, a Battle of the Books will be held for all the grade levels. A Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program in which teams of students can demonstrate their knowledge of the books that they read.

Sixth Grade students will battle against other teams on the following books:

  • Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass
  • Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka
  • Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas
  • Peak by Roland Smith
  • Wild Things by Clay Carmichael

Seventh Grade students will test their knowledge about these books:

  • All the Broken Pieces by Ann Burg
  • Masterpiece by Elise Broach
  • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick
  • One-Handed Catch by M. J. Auch
  • Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

Eighth Grade students will test their knowledge about these books:

  • Fly Girl by Sherri L. Smith
  • The Girl Who Threw Butterflies by Mick Cochrane
  • Leviathon by Scott Westerfield
  • Powerless by Matthew Cody
  • Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

Recommended Links for Research

Atlapedia online contains full color physical maps, political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.
Awesome Library
Awesome Library is an internet library database. It organizes the Web with 3l7,000 carefully reviewed resources, including the top  5% in education.
Online Bibliography Website: an automatic bibliography and citation maker.
Internet Public Library
The Internet Public Library is a public library for the World Wide Web. Students from a consortium of colleges and universities in information science develop and maintain the IPL.
Librarians Internet Index
Librarians’ Internet Index: Websites You Can Trust. Topics include current events and issues, holidays and seasons, helpful tools for information users, human interest and more.
Library of Congress
The Library of Congress Website: Provides access to many primary sources.
Manhattan Public Library
Manhattan Public Library: Check to see what books are available, and with your card, you may place books on hold, and access many databases for research.
National Geographic
National Geographic Website: Includes information about exploration, education and conservation.

Recommended Links for Reading

Book Spot
Bookspot: Includes information on book 
reviews, book awards, poetry, literary criticism,
authors and more.
Manhattan Public Library
Manhattan Public Library: You may see what
books the library has available and, with your card,
you may place books on hold from Manhattan 
or other libraries.
Newbery Winner and Honor book list

Newbery Winner and Honor 
book list: The Newbery is awarded annually 
to the author of the most distinguished contribution
to American literature for children.
Rebecca Caudill Nominees
Rebecca Caudill nominees: The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award was developed to encourage children and young adults to read for personal satisfaction. It is an Illinois award for outstanding literature for young people and is sponsored by the Illinois Reading Council, the Illinois School Library Media Association, and the Illinois Association of Teachers of English.