JMS Library

Susan AnstandigWelcome to the JMS Library!
Mrs. Susan Anstandig, Librarian
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Monday - Thursday, 7:45-3:35*
Friday 7:45 - 3:05

*Library may be closed after school on occasion for meetings and/or events

Mrs. Anstandig welcomes students to visit the library to read, check out/return books, do homework, work on projects, and use the computers and multimedia studio for school projects. When visiting during Team Time, students must have a library pass.

What is Mrs. Anstandig reading?

The Exact Location of Home by Kate Messner

Kirby "Zig" Zigonski lives for the world of simple circuits, light bulbs, buzzers, and motors. Electronics are, after all, much more predictable than most people--especially his father, who he hasn't seen in over a year. When his dad's latest visit is canceled with no explanation and his mom seems to be hiding something, Zig turns to his best friend Gianna and a new gizmo--a garage sale GPS unit--for help. Convinced that his dad is leaving clues around town to explain his absence, Zig sets out to find him. Following one clue after another, logging mile after mile, Zig soon discovers that people aren't always what they seem . . . and sometimes, there's more than one set of coordinates for home. (Blurb courtesy of Goodreads).

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning. She doesn't remember it, but it changed her life forever. The zap gave her genius-level math skills, and ever since, Lucy has been homeschooled. Now, at 12 years old, she's technically ready for college. She just has to pass 1 more test — middle school!

Lucy's grandma insists: Go to middle school for 1 year. Make 1 friend. Join 1 activity. And read 1 book (that's not a math textbook!). Lucy's not sure what a girl who does calculus homework for fun can possibly learn in 7th grade. She has everything she needs at home, where nobody can make fun of her rigid routines or her superpowered brain. The equation of Lucy's life has already been solved. Unless there's been a miscalculation? (Blurb courtesy of Goodreads).

Google It
by Anna Crowley Redding

Larry Page and Sergey Brin started out as two Stanford college students with a wild idea: They were going to organize the world's information. From that one deceptively simple goal, they created one of the most influential and innovative companies in the world. The word “google” has even entered our vocabulary as a verb. Now, find out the true history of Google—from its humble beginnings as a thesis project made out of “borrowed” hardware and discount toys through its revolution of the world's relationship with technology to a brief glimpse of where they might take us next.

In Google It, award-winning investigative reporter Anna Crowley Redding shares an inspiring story of innovation, personal and intellectual bravery, and most importantly, of shooting for the moon in order to change the world.

(Blurb courtesy of Goodreads).

The Price of Duty by Todd Strasser

Jake Liddell is a hero.

At least, that’s what everyone says he is. The military is even awarding him a Silver Star for his heroic achievements—a huge honor for the son of a military family. Now he’s home, recovering from an injury, but it seems the war has followed him back. He needs pills to get any sleep, a young woman is trying to persuade him into speaking out against military recruitment tactics, and his grandfather is already urging him back onto the battlefield. He doesn’t know what to do; nothing makes sense anymore.

There is only one thing that Jake knows for certain: he is no hero. (Blurb courtesy of Goodreads).

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution. (Blurb courtesy of Goodreads).


Checkout period: 3 weeks (Items may be renewed)

Overdue fines: $0.05/day, Monday-Friday

Overdue notices sent via student email

Library Assistants

Students help the library run smoothly and are needed to shelve books, create displays, assist other students, and help prepare for special events. Diligent students are asked to give up one team time a week and may sign up in the library throughout the year.


  • book club
  • contests

Find a Good Book

Books Mrs. Anstandig has Read

Holding Up the UniverseGoodbye StrangerAll American Boys
Pretending to Be EricaLockwood & Co.Rain Reign
Watch the SkyThe Sun is Also A Star

Works Cited

Sixth Grade Library Orientation

Mt. Lebanon School District

7 Horsman Drive

Pittsburgh PA 15228

Fax: 412-344-2047


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