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?

Grand Theft Horse by G. Neri

Gail Ruffu was a rookie trainer known for her unconventional methods and ability to handle dangerous horses. When she became part owner of an untamed thoroughbred named Urgent Envoy, everything changed. After Urgent Envoy showed real promise, her co-owners forced Gail to speed up training and race him too early, causing the horse to develop a hairline fracture. Refusing to drug the horse to keep it running, Gail lost Urgent Envoy to her partners, who pushed the horse even harder. One more race would kill him. When nobody heeded her warnings, Gail had to act.

So on Christmas Eve, she rescued her own horse. A modern-day outlaw, Gail evaded private investigators and refused to give the horse up. Blacklisted by the racing world, she learned the law at night to take on a powerful L.A. attorney determined to crush her in court. As she stood up for the humane treatment of racehorses, she also faced down the system that caused their demise. (Blurb courtesy of Goodreads.)

by Neal Shusterman

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own. (Blurb courtesy of Goodreads.)

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

Mason Buttle is the biggest, sweatiest kid in his grade, and everyone knows he can barely read or write. Mason’s learning disabilities are compounded by grief. Fifteen months ago, Mason’s best friend, Benny Kilmartin, turned up dead in the Buttle family’s orchard. An investigation drags on, and Mason, honest as the day is long, can’t understand why Lieutenant Baird won’t believe the story Mason has told about that day.

Both Mason and his new friend, tiny Calvin Chumsky, are relentlessly bullied by the other boys in their neighborhood, so they create an underground club space for themselves. When Calvin goes missing, Mason finds himself in trouble again. He’s desperate to figure out what happened to Calvin, and eventually, Benny.

But will anyone believe him? (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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