Library Program and Collection

  • Circulation Policies

    Students may borrow up to four items at a time
    Loan period:  three 6-day-cycles (18 school days)
     
    Collection

    Students and staff have access to over 9500 books and a number of young adult magazines. Wireless laptops and desktop computers are available for student use as well a printer, scanner, and photocopier. Teachers and students may search the library from any classroom or home computer. The collection is always growing and changing as we work to support the curricular needs of faculty and the current interests of our students.

    Our subscription to the World Book Online gives students access to thousands of encyclopedia articles, videos, sound clips, maps and timelines. If using it from home: muhlsd (user id), muhls (password)
     
    We are fortunate to have four other libraries on the campus which allows us to easily share materials. District participation in the AccessPA database gives students and teachers access to the over 11 million titles of the participating schools and universities. The PowerLibrary project allows access to thousands of full-text magazine and newspaper articles, a major encyclopedia, and many other electronic reference sources.
     
    We work closely with the Muhlenberg Community Library and encourage students to take advantage of the myriad of resources available to them through both the school and public library.

    Program

    The Muhlenberg Middle School Library is open for student use throughout the day. Students use the library as assigned or are allowed by teachers for projects and recreational reading. The library is also open during study halls, enrichment, and after school.

    While working in the library, students are taught to become experts in the use of many types of resources. The instruction follows the curriculum for each grade level, subject and teacher. The librarian communicates with subject area teachers to create integrated lessons during which skills are taught. All middle school students are encouraged to read for pleasure and to select materials appropriate for their interests and abilities. Book talks, special events, activities, and contests further promote the joy of readin

    Middle school students build upon their information literacy skills learned in elementary school. Students learn to be more discriminating in the sources they choose to use for research, taking into consideration the author's purpose and authority on a subject. They learn how to locate and access materials using the computer card catalog, utilize print and non-print reference resources, and use advanced search strategies to extract information from a variety of sources.