Welcome to the McMurray Library
FALL 2020: LOOK HERE FOR A RANGE OF USEFUL RESOURCES FOR YOU TO ACCESS DURING REMOTE LEARNING
Upcoming Free Book Events in September
• Virtual Young Author’s Day 2020, co-sponsored by Pacific Northwest Writers Association and KCLS (September 26, free for ages 8-16) Be sure to look at the Program Schedule to read about the great workshops.
• National Book Festival: Teen Stage Live Events (virtual and free, September 25-27) Scroll down the page and take a look at the great Teen Events. Also, be sure to check out this helpful link: Navigating the Virtual National Book Festival.
Library and Book Information
• Library Book Checkout Fall 2020: We are in the process of developing a plan for circulating books from the McMurray Library and will let you know as soon as we are ready to launch. Stay tuned!
• Library Book Returns from last year: We are continuing the process of gathering the library books students borrowed from our school libraries during the 2019-2020 school year (and earlier). In order to distinguish our school library books from public library books, look for a barcode on the book that includes the name of the school and/or a school name stamped on the inside of the book or on the outer edges of the book. Books can be returned at the Vashon High School HUB, the district-wide drop off/pick up location for school materials. The HUB hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30-9:15, 11:00-1:00, and 2:00-4:00. Please feel free to contact the school librarians if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org (CES), email@example.com (MCM), firstname.lastname@example.org (VHS).
• Browsing Tips for Finding the Perfect ebook or Audiobook at KCLS (This will be updated with a video tutorial by the end of September)
• 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!)
Additional Cool Resources
• A Live Reading of Neil Gaiman's Coraline, hosted by NY Public Library (scroll to bottom of page to see all chapters)
• Sheltered in Place: COVID-19 Zine Diaries Project, sponsored by Washington Center for the Book
• KNKX Take the Mic: We are living through an extraordinary time and what will help all of us get through it is sharing our stories. And that includes YOUR story! KNKX would like to get more voices of kids and teens on the air.
Thank You, PIE, for Your Generous Support of Our School Libraries
One powerful trait that steers us toward life-long learning is curiosity, and a resource-rich library plays a central role in cultivating this trait. The number of distinctive science-related books currently being published for young adults is impressive. Middle school students gravitate toward these informative and inspiring books, and many students who prefer nonfiction are especially drawn toward them. Every day, McMurray students deepen on discover an interest while exploring the books on our shelves. We are grateful for PIE's ongoing support.Resources
- McMurray Library Catalog (Follett Destiny): Use this link to search for books in our library.
The library is open 30 minutes before school (7:30) and 30 minutes after school (3:15). It also is open during one lunch period each day. It is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 7th and 8th graders, and it is open Tuesday and Thursday for 6th graders.
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 or magazine to the library in order to renew it. This policy helps students keep track of the materials they borrow. A student may check out library materials as long as he or she doesn’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.