The Farnsworth Library Media Center is more than just books. We do offer books, of course (more than 12,000!), but we are also a center of technology and a hub of learning and exploration.
Library staff members love to help students. It makes us feel useful. So please don't be shy about asking questions—we can recommend books, help with research, show you where materials are kept, teach you how to use a makerspace resource, troubleshoot tech issues, and maybe on a good day even help you figure out a math problem. Never be afraid to ask!
You can use the big red button above to visit our catalog, or you can find it in the SASD Bookmarks folder on your Chromebook. Your login is the same as for Skyward. You can check out and read our ebooks online once you log in, as well as browse and place holds on paper books.
Every SASD student has access to the Mead Library's electronic resources through their Virtual Library Card (VLC). It's a great way to get books all year long, or to find books your school library doesn't have. Use Libby to get ebooks and audiobooks. Try Hoopla for a different selection of ebooks and audiobooks, as well as movies, TV shows, comics, and music.
Go to www.meadpl.org/vlc to get started. If a resource requires you to make an account and you need to choose your library, depending on the particular resource you may need to use either "Mead Library" or "Monarch Library System" (the larger consortium Mead is part of). Please call Mead for help if you get stuck.
At TumbleBooks, choose a Story Book to listen to a read-aloud video, or choose a Read Along to read and listen to a chapter book.
Use this "Request a Book" form to ask us to buy a book for our library. While we try to get as many requested books as we can, our collection policies and budget limitations mean we can't promise to get everything someone asks for.
Our makerspace program has several parts. First, in the center of the library we have shelves of quick creative activities:
We also have other materials which users need to check with a staff member in order to use. If you want to try these activities, don't be afraid to ask! These are ask-first activities because they are more intrusive (messy or noisy) or are fairly time-consuming, or take a little bit of an intro in order to do properly. These activities include:
Exploration: Our goal is not that students learn to do everything well, but that they expand their horizons by trying out new things.
Community: Giving and accepting help is essential, and working together is encouraged. We aim for acceptance and appreciation for everyone.
Safety: Everyone who enters the makerspace has a responsibility to maintain safety and to respect the limits of their expertise.
Stewardship: Taking care of the makerspace and being frugal with materials is important. Users are expected to not just think about their own needs, but to plan so the needs of others can also be met.
When you open a newsletter, mouse over the pictures. Wherever your cursor turns into a hand is an active link that will take you to a video or online resource. Click anywhere else to advance to the next page (or use the controls at the bottom). Be sure to try out some of the neat stuff on the Virtual Makerspace pages!
May 2021 Library Loop (Lesson: Summer Reading Program; Instructables Virtual Makerspace)
April 2021 Library Loop (Lesson: National Poetry Month doggerel; Wonderful Words Virtual Makerspace)
March 2021 Library Loop (Lesson: Rating & reviewing books in Destiny; String Stuff Virtual Makerspace)
February 2021 Library Loop (Lesson: Using search filters; Stress Relief Virtual Makerspace)
January 2021 Library Loop (Lesson: Review of getting books in the hybrid model; Paper Crafts Virtual Makerspace)
December 2020 Library Loop (Lesson & Virtual Makerspace: Hour of Code)
November 2020 Library Loop (Lesson: Getting paper books during virtual learning; Music Virtual Makerspace)
October 2020 Library Loop (Lesson: Censorship; Drawing Virtual Makerspace)
Students may check out up to 3 items at a time and keep them for two weeks. If you haven't finished a book when it is due, bring it in and we can renew it for you.
We do not have late fees. The worst we'll do for overdues is pester you with weekly email reminders. If you lose a book, though, or damage it so badly it must be discarded, you will need to pay for its replacement.