Welcome to the San Jose Middle School Library!

We have over 9500 items in the SJMS library including fiction, non-fiction, biographies, and reference materials.

Students may check out two books at a time for a period of two weeks. Books may be renewed if needed. Students with overdue books may not check out additional items until overdue books have been returned or payment has been made for lost books.


Library Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday – 7:45 AM – 2:30 PM
Wednesdays – 7:45 AM – 1:15 PM

Credit Recovery Hours (begins after Labor Day each school year):
Daily at lunch
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday After School – 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Summer Library Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday  – 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
June 23, 2015 – July 30, 2015

SJMS Library Gift Book Program!

Please consider donating to our Library Gift Book Program! With your $25 tax deduction to SJMS, we will purchase brand new books for the library (the average book price of library-bound books is $27.50 plus shipping and handling fees). In the spring, each student whose family donated a new book in his or her honor will be given the opportunity to check out that book first and have a nameplate put in the book with his or her name and special message.

To donate, download the Gift Book form in either English or Spanish below and submit it to the SJMS library. Thank you for your consideration!

Gift Book Form – English
Formulario libro de regalo – Español

Thank you for considering a donation to the SJMS Library!
Encourage your child to read – we have many books to offer!

Accelerated Reader Home Link

  • If you would like to keep track of the books your child has read and which AR quizzes he or she has taken, follow these steps to access Renaissance Learning at home. (Please note that only two teachers use AR at SJMS – Ms. Fried and Ms. Pozzi).
  • A login screen will pop up. Enter your child’s user name and password.
  • Click on “View My Bookshelf” at the bottom of the column at the right of the home page. All of the books your child has read and taken quizzes on will be shown on the expanded bookshelf.
  • If you would like to receive email alerts from Renaissance Learning when your child takes an AR quiz, click on the “Email Setup” link at the top of your child’s home page.
  • You may receive alerts in either English or Spanish for every quiz your child takes.
  • Puede recibir alertas en Inglés o Español para cada prueba sus hijo toma.
  • You will receive a confirmation email from Renaissance Learning instructing you to accept their invitation in order to start receiving quiz reports for your child.
  • Please note that students may only take AR quizzes at school – not at home. Taking quizzes at home is a violation of our site agreement with Renaissance Learning. 
  • Questions? Contact the SJMS Library Media Clerk, Ellen Christensen-Denton, at [email protected].


Below are some helpful book-related websites:

AR Book Finder – visit this site to find Accelerated Reader books with associated quizzes

Good Reads – teen recommended books

KidsReads – book reviews by kids

Read Kiddo Read – book suggestions by genre

Young Adult Books – books listed by series

Newbery Medal Winners – awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Young Adult Library Services Association – National association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens.

March Madness Tournament of Books!

Students and staff voted during the month of March for their favorite books in each bracket!

The 2016 Sweet Sixteen books were:

  • Amulet
  • Bone
  • Big Nate
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Divergent
  • Smile
  • Dork Diaries
  • The Fault in our Stars
  • Wonder
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – 2016 winner!
  • The Lightning Thief
  • Warriors: Into the Wild
  • Spirit Animals: Wild Born
  • Sylo
  • Maze Runner

And the #1 book voted by SJMS students and staff for 2016 was…Harry Potter! Close to 700 votes were cast during the tournament. The final championship round was between Harry Potter and the Hunger Games. Harry Potter received 58% of the vote, and the Hunger Games received 42% of the vote. A close race to the finish! 

Book Reviews by SJMS Students!

Students may submit book reviews for any book they have read from our SJMS library. Students will earn raffle tickets for fun prizes awarded each month. In December and May, the Marin County Free Library will partner with the SJMS Library to host a pizza party at lunch for the top reviewers!

Download the Book Review form here

  • Thank you to In-N-Out Burger, our generous prize donor.

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