• Welcome to the McMurray Library









    The library is open for drop-in use throughout the day: as students enter the building in the morning before heading to homeroom; during homeroom and class periods with teacher permission (and a green library pass); and after school until 3:15. It also is open for one lunch period each day: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 2nd lunch; and Tuesday and Thursday for 1st lunch. 
    Loan Period 
    Students may have up to 10 items checked out at any one time; the loan period is three weeks. Students may renew materials they need for longer than three weeks; they just need to bring the book to the library in order to renew it. This policy helps students keep track of the materials they borrow. Students may check out library materials as long they don't have any overdue (or lost) items. If the student has an overdue item, it’s a simple matter of returning it or bringing it to the library to renew it in order to check out additional items. There are no fines for overdue books; however, students are responsible for lost or damaged materials.

    Homework Help

    KCLS Study Zone Plus: Connect to virtual homework help and resources.

    Tutor.com is an excellent free resource for homework help that you can access with your KCLS student account. One-on-one, live tutoring is available from 2 pm to midnight daily. If you'd like some help with any type of homework, this might be just the help you need! Here's the link (link in Spanish); you will need your KCLS student account number and password. (See KCLS video tutorial in the section below if you need help identifying your KCLS student account number and password.) 

    Here's some additional information about Tutor.com

    Library and Book Information 

    • Library Tutorials  

    Follett Destiny video tutorial from Ms. Jaffe (Follett Destiny gives students and staff access to the McMurray Library catalog.)

    KCLS Student Account video tutorial from Ms. Jaffe explaining how to access and use this account. Watch this brief additional video tutorial that completes the explanation.

    • Other Book Resources 

    Black Liberation Reading Lists 

    Reading list for teens

    Reading list for kids (includes middle school books)

    Social Justice Booklists

    Here are more than 70 carefully selected lists of multicultural and social justice books for children, young adults, and educators.

    Author Fan Face-Off Series

    Fan Face-Off pits a book fan against a book author in a 10-minute, Jeopardy-like face-off. The YouTube series is the brainchild of YA author Steve Sheinkin, who came up with the idea of superfan readers quizzing authors on their own books. In an interview in School Library Journal, Sheinkin expresses his hope "that kids and fans will play along, so it will be not so much the kid on screen, but you--the watcher--against the author."

    The series has recorded shows with great authors, including Katherine Applegate, Stuart Gibbs, Jennifer Holm, Cece Bell, Adam Gidwitz, Pablo Cartaya, Tom Angleberger, Nic Stone, Victoria Jamieson, Kenneth Oppel, Kate Messner, and many others. 

    Little Free Libraries are located in front of McMurray and Vashon High School. Books are free and for all ages K-12, with some adult books as well. Book donations are accepted and can be placed in the bin in front of McMurray.

    Genre Book Lists for 7th Grade Humanites (or anyone!)

    informational books

    biography, autobiography, memoir

    historical fiction


    science fiction

    poetry: realistic fiction and historical fiction written in verse (poetic form)

    poetry: nonfiction books written in verse (poetic form)  

    Cool Videos About Books and Authors

    Be sure to look through the entire ever-expanding list!

    Additional Cool Resources

    Jason Reynolds: "Write. Right. Rite" Series

     A Live Reading of Neil Gaiman's Coraline, hosted by NY Public Library (scroll to bottom of page to see all chapters) 

    Library of Congress Resources for Family Engagement