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Already read all the books in your house? Can't really find anything to read in MackinVia or the Cloud Library? Ask Ms. Mildahl for a recommendation! Give me a little bit of information about what kind of books you like and I'll try to get back to you within 24 hours with a list of books to try. It's that easy!

Important Info

Library Hours: 8:30am - 2:30pm. Cohort A and B students will typically visit the library once every three weeks in their English Language Arts class.  Students may also get a pass from their teacher to come to the library during class or during homeroom to check out a book or work quietly. Please note that the library is NOT open after school.  Check back soon for information about curbside checkout for Cohort C students. 

Book Check Out Policy: While we are in the hybrid learning model, up to 6 materials may be checked out for a three week period. Only 2 graphic novels may be checked out at a time. Magazines may only be checked out for one week. Materials may be renewed indefinitely as long as there are no holds on the material. Materials must be brought to the library media center to be renewed. Inter-library loan from other 196 schools is not available during the hybrid distance model.

Late Books and Lost Books Policy: No fines are charged for late materials. If a student has severely overdue materials (more than a month) the student will not be allowed to check out more materials until the outstanding materials are renewed or returned. Replacement fines based on the cost of the material will be charged for materials that are permanently lost or severely damaged.

Volunteers: Student volunteer opportunities are available as a flex option on a monthly basis to help shelve books, process new materials, and do other library tasks. See Ms. Mildahl for details. Adult volunteers are also welcome! Sign up here.

Program Goals: The four goals of the the library media program are to promote reading for both information and pleasure, to develop effective researching and information-evaluating skills in students, to encourage ethical and creative information sharing, and to create upstanding digital citizens and life-long learners. 

Distance Learning Resources

Click here for information about digital resources, homework help, tutorials, and weekly updates. 

Library Updates

What is NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo stands for "National Novel Writing Month."  It is a challenge for aspiring novel-writers to write 50,000 words in the month of November.  It's a little bit like running a marathon. But for writers! 


SHMS' NanoWriMo Club is for any SHMS students or staff members who wants to join in a community of writers for support, inspiration, encouragement, and sharing.  All writers are welcome! Do you have to participate in the official NaNoWriMo Challenge and try to write 50,000 words? No!  But members of the club are encouraged to set their own writing goals. 

Our club will meet online via Zoom on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays during the month of November from 3:30pm to 5pm. You do not have to stay on the Zoom meeting the entire time, just the beginning and the end. We will also have in-person meetings: Cohort A can meet on Mondays from 3:30pm to 5pm and Cohort B on Tuesdays. Cohort C students may join in person if they want to: last names A-L on Mondays, last names M-Z on Tuesdays.  


Join the Schoology Group (9DBFN-MJ4R2) and complete the Sign up Form by Friday, October 30th. See Ms. Mildahl ( if you have any questions. 


Nominees for Maud Hart Lovelace Readers Choice Award Division 2 20-21

Maud Hart Lovelace Reader's Choice Award

The 10 nominees for the 2020-21 Maud Hart Lovelace Reader's Choice Award have been announced!  This award is given to the book that receives the most votes from students in 6th-8th grade that live in Minnesota. In order to be eligible to vote, you must read (or listen to) at least three of the nominees. Voting will take place in March of 2021. 

More Information

Library Media Specialist:
Lauren Mildahl, MLIS

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Library Days

Students reading in SHMS library with sign Welcome to your Library
6th grade students sitting at tables in the library reading books
Photo of Students in Maud Squad Book Club 2019
Photo of Students in the NaNoWriMo Club 2019
Students reading in SHMS library with sign Welcome to your Library