About the Library

Welcome to the PBL Junior High Library! Our library has more than 6000 materials available for students and staff to check out, including books, audio books, videos, CDs, CD players, and electronic reading devices.

About the Librarian

My name is Ata Bird, and PBL JR High Library is exactly where I want to be.  I have a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where my undergraduate majors were Rhetoric and Psychology.  My MSLIS (Master of Science in Library and Information Science) is also from the University of Illinois.  During graduate school I focused on K-12 library instruction and have middle school teaching endorsements in Library, Special Education, Science, English Language Arts, and Social Sciences. I previously worked in Champaign schools, where I live with my family. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for or questions about our library program!

Circulation Policies

  • Students at PBL Junior High may check out 4 items at a time (including books, CDs, audio books, personal CD players or Nook and Kindle Fire eReaders).
  • Books are always due after 30 days. Students can pick up a due date slip when they check out.
  • Students have a 3-day grace period after their due date to return materials without a fine. Students must pay for any books that are lost or severely damaged.
  • If student’s wish to read a book that is already checked out, they may put it on hold.  A hold puts the student next in line to check the book out once it is returned.  I recommend doing this with popular books, such as the Caudill books.  You can put an item on hold in our library catalog (Follett Destiny), in the library, or via this form.
  • Nook and Kindle Fire eReaders are available for one-week check-out. Students must have a signed eReader permission slip on file in the library in order to check out a Nook or Kindle Fire. You may download the permission slip from the following PDF file: E-reader User Agreement- JH
  • Some materials include content that is appropriate for more mature readers. Any book that School Library Journal has recommended for grades 9 and above will have a YA sticker to show they may include more mature content. 8th grade students may check out these materials at any time. 6th and 7th grade students may check out these materials unless they have a signed YA Opt-out form on file.  You may download the opt out from from the following PDF file: YA Opt-out form              Overall, young people tend to be very good self censors.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact me.
  • If there is a book you think we should have in the library, you may request to have it added to our collection.  You can either fill out the form online or in the library.  If you do request a book that we buy for the library you get to be the first to check it out!

Visiting the Library

  • 6th, 7th and 8th grade ELA classes visit the library for a 20-minute scheduled time each week. During this time, Ms. Bird will share announcements, booktalks, mini library lessons, and other library matters. Students will then have a chance to check out books.
  • Students may visit the library throughout the school day with a pass from his or her teacher. On the pass should be the student’s name, teacher’s name, time sent, and reason for the visit (book check-out, study, computer, library account matters).
  • Students visiting the library for check-out will have 10 minutes from their arrival to check out a book.
  • Students visiting the library to read or study must arrive within the first five minutes of class and stay for the entire period.

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