Farnsworth Library


Our library is generally open from 7:30 until 4:00 school days, except that on early release days (such as Wednesdays) we close five minutes after students are dismissed. Students are welcome to stop in after school to find books, read, do schoolwork, use the wifi, play games, or do Makerspace activities.

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, troubleshoot tech troubles, and maybe on a good day even help you figure out a math problem. Never be afraid to ask.

The Need to Read Can’t get to the library for a traditional book?

Try an eBook available through our school library or from Mead Public Library

How to find and access ebooks from the Farnsworth Library:

1. Go do our Destiny Library Catalog. (It's also in your Chromebook's "SASD bookmarks" folder, or you can find it on Farnsworth's website under "Library & Technology".)
2. In the upper right hand corner of the page with search box, click on Log in.

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3. Login with your Destiny account information, which is the same as you'd use for Skyward.

  • Username: graduation year + lastname + last 3 digits of lunch/ID number
  • Password: the same as you use for Skyward (and probably for your Chromebook)

4. Choose Electronic Book (ebook) as material type, make sure your cursor/blinking line is in the FIND box and push the enter/return button. This will have a result list of all ebooks in the library, with many pages of results.

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5. Click the "Open" button next to a book to begin reading. Once it's open and you know you want to read it, click the little picture of the book with the checkmark and choose "Checkout book."

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Ebooks and more from Mead Public Library

Mead Public Library also has ebooks and audiobooks. All Sheboygan Area School District students can access them with their Virtual Library Card through the Mead Public Library webpage: https://www.meadpl.org/vlc

Use Libby for ebooks and audiobooks. Try Hoopla for more ebooks and audiobooks, as well as movies, music TV shows, and comics! If you want to learn a new language, give Rosetta Stone a try.

When setting up accounts, use your school email address if needed. If you need to select a library, choose either Mead Public Library or Monarch Library System, depending on which is listed. When you are asked for a library card number, use 0035 followed by your 6-digit student ID (lunch number). Your password should be your 8-digit birthday (May 1, 2005 would be 05012005, for instance).

If you already made a Hoopla account last year during a class library visit, you'll need to use the login password you set up back then. If you have any trouble getting logged in, please call the Mead Library for help.

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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 summer, or to find books your school library doesn't have.

Use Libby for ebooks and audiobooks. Try Hoopla for a different selection of ebooks and audiobooks, as well as movies, TV shows, comics, and music.

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.

Just click the image below to go to the VLC site and get started!

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Our Makerspace

Our makerspace program has several parts. First, in the center of the library we have shelves of quick creative activities:

  • Construction materials like K'nex, Legos, Strawbees, or Keva planks
  • Papercraft materials like origami paper, cardstock, score-and-punch boards, and fancy scissors
  • Robots like Sphero, Ozobot, Ollie, or Cozmo
  • Our Magnetic Poetry board
  • Google Cardboard 3D viewers (you'll need a cell phone)
  • Creative puzzles and challenges like BrainString, Hook'em, and sliding puzzles
  • A wide range of games, like Cranium, Anomia, Bonkers, Qbitz, and Blokus

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:

  • Music (drums, bells, xylophone, Otomatones, whistles, music box mechanisms)
  • Video production (green screen and video camera, 360 camera)
  • 3D production (the 3Doodler pen is pretty easy; the 3D printer takes more time and effort but can produce nicer stuff)
  • Oculus Rift virtual reality system
  • Circuits and electricity (LittleBits, SnapCircuits, Makey-Makey, Cubelets, electricity box)
  • Advanced crafts (chainmail, cross-stitch, paracord creations, Kumihimo braids)

Makerspace Values

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.

Resources and Instructions

Music Box Maniacs

Test out your song ideas and hear your melodies online before you try to punch them. When you're ready, you can use the Publish button to save and print out your song, then use this as a guide to punch your paper strip.

VR apps for 3D viewers

Visit this site from your phone to find and download an app to use with the 3D viewers. The Google Cardboard app would be a good first choice.

Basic Kumihimo video

The first few minutes show how to set up the round Kumihimo disk and do an easy spiral braid. The second half shows a website for planning your braids and demonstrates a 16-strand "flower" braid.

Craft Design Online

This is the site mentioned in the "Basic Kumihimo" video. You can try out various color combinations before you start a real braid. You should set the "Threads" number in the middle to 8 first if you are making the braid shown in the video.

Use this form to ask us to buy a book for our library. If we get a book you ask for, we'll let you know when it arrives.

Mission of the Library Program

  • Promote literacy and a love of reading
  • Teach information literacy skills (how to find, evaluate, organize, and use information)
  • Help students learn to use technology safely, ethically, and efficiently
  • Support students having difficulty with their technology (troubleshooting and repair)
  • Provide open and free access to a wide range of ideas and viewpoints
  • Offer students a friendly, non-judgmental place where they feel welcome and valued

Circulation Policies

Students may check out up to 4 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. In cases of damage that doesn't totally ruin a book, there may be a small fee.

Call Number Games

Find the Book

Call numbers (and genre locations, where applicable) will appear at the top of the screen. Click the blue dot showing which shelf would hold each book.

Order in the Library

Use call numbers to shelve books. Includes multiple levels of difficulty. (Note: this game puts biographies in a special section with "B" as the top line of the call number. Our library puts biographies in non-fiction at 921.) You may need to click an icon in your address bar to enable Flash in order to play.

Call Number Sort

Sort the call numbers according to which library section each book belongs in. You may need to click an icon in your address bar to enable Flash in order to play.

Library Staff