The library is open from 7:45 a.m. -3:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday hours are 7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Students are welcome in the library before and after school, with their classes, and during team time with a hall pass.
Most books are checked out for three weeks. Books may be renewed but must be brought back to the library to be re-scanned. There is a fine of five cents per day for each school day that a book is overdue. Weekends and holidays do not count towards the fine. Students will receive a notice in homeroom for overdue books or unpaid library fines. Deficiency notices are sent to parents and report cards may be held at the end of each semester if books are not returned and fines not paid.
If the books could talk, they would have a variety of tales to tell as they reflect the history of the Mt. Lebanon School District.
Some of the books were part of the Jefferson Junior High Library that was in existence from 1959 - 1983. Then, the library was located in the center of the school where the Guidance and Principals' offices are now. The school and library closed in June 1983 and the Jefferson Junior High books were incorporated into the Mellon Junior High Library. In 1986, Mellon closed and became the Mt. Lebanon Junior High on the sixth floor of the high school for the next twelve years. Thus, some of the books are stamped Jefferson Junior High, Mellon Junior High, and Mt. Lebanon Junior High .
Due to increasing enrollment, the Mt. Lebanon Junior High was abolished in 1998, and two middle schools were created--Mellon and Jefferson. Each middle school library received half of the Junior High collection or approximately 4,000 volumes. Both libraries were given money to rebuild their collections in the 1998-1999 school year. These books show only the Jefferson Middle School Library stamp. In the school's renovation, the library was moved to the end of the hall next to the computer labs.
The present collection of approximately of 12,000 books and audio-visual materials reflects several reading levels, a variety of interests, and the middle school curriculum. We also subscribe to many on-line services. Much of our students' research is done through these databases designed especially for middle school students.
Donating books to the Jefferson Library is a great way to commemorate any special occasion. Consider donating a book as a part of your holiday gift giving, to celebrate a birthday, to thank a teacher, to honor a friend, or to pay tribute to someone special. You may purchase the book yourself and send it to the library or you may donate money and let us choose a great, new title.
With every new book that is presented to the library, a letter of thanks will be sent to the donor and the person receiving the honor. A bookplate will also be placed inside the cover with an inscription of your choice. Contributions are $15.00 per book, and checks are payable to the Jefferson Middle School PTA. E-mail Mrs. Anstandig at if you need additional information.
Here at Jefferson we are always in search of a good book. Do you know of a title that you have read or heard about and would like to have in the library? Tell us about it! E-mail Mrs. Anstandig with the following information:
- The title of the book
- Reason you would like to have it in the library
- Your status: Jefferson student, Jefferson parent, Jefferson teacher or other.