Welcome to the McMurray Library
SPRING 2020: A RANGE OF USEFUL RESOURCES FOR YOU TO ACCESS DURING THE SCHOOL CLOSURE
• Library Book Returns
We are beginning the process of gathering the library books students borrowed from our school libraries. These books are an enriching and valuable educational resource that we are delighted to provide to our students, and it is important that we collect them before the school year ends to properly clean them, check them in, and reshelve them so that they are available to students when we return to school in the fall. Beginning Tuesday, May 26, families may return books to a marked plastic bin just inside the main doors at Vashon High School, Monday-Thursday, from 8:30-11:00 a.m. 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. The librarians will be sending reminders about which books are checked out. This is an extraordinary time; thank you for your efforts to locate and return the books. Please feel free to contact the school librarians if you have any questions: email@example.com (CES), firstname.lastname@example.org (MCM), email@example.com (VHS).
• Library of Congress Resources for Family Engagement--check it out!
• Sheltered in Place: COVID-19 Zine Diaries Project, sponsored by Washington Center for the Book
• Genre Book Lists for 7th Grade Humanites (or anyone!)
• 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.
• 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.
- KCLS Student Account: Use this link to access your school district KCLS account. Watch this brief video to learn about this account.
- NoodleTools (Bibliography Tool): Use this link to access your NoodleTools account. Login with your school GMAIL credentials. Pick Create New Account from the two options; this will link your school email to your new NoodleTools account.
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.