Library

Stack of books on the table

Welcome to the Thurgood Marshall Middle School Library

Our mission is to ensure that students, staff, and school community are effective, ethical users and producers of information and ideas. This involves teaching info-tech literacy skills, nurturing a love of reading, preparing students to meet state standards, and partnering with the 21st century school community to foster lifelong learning and global citizenship.

 

View the Library Catalog

 

Student Hours

7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday - Friday


Teachers

Cassie White, Teacher-Librarian and Betsy Papaly, Library Paraprofessional

 

Human Rights Project Databases

 

 

MyTRL username: osd (students regular username) example: osdwhitecp

Pin: birth month and day (must be 4 digits) example: 0103. Note: Many students have difficulty with the pin# because they do not account for two digits on single months/days, like January 3rd = 0103.

 

OSD Portal: my.osd111.org is a great bookmark for findingNoodleTools, Skyward, MyTRL, and other school related links.

HOT NOODLETOOLS TIP: When filling in a print resource, type in the ISBN number from the back of the book near the barcode and Noodletools will automatically fill in the spaces and generate an MLA citation for you. SO COOL!!!

 

Great Online Resources

 
  • MyTRL: All OSD students have free online digital Timberland Regional Library accounts with access to hundreds of credible databases, digital novels, online homework help. For school assignments, try using the Biography Resource Center, Lands and Peoples Online, Literature Resource Center, and Issues & Controversies.

  • Sweetsearch: Every website from the SweetSearch search engine has been evaluated by research experts.

  • Ref Seek: RefSeek is a web search engine that "offers students comprehensive subject coverage without the information overload of a general search engine — increasing the visibility of academic information and compelling ideas that are often lost in a muddle of sponsored links and commercial results."

 

Resources Requiring MMS Library Usernames and Passwords

These are on posters in the library and lab, and in your planner, or ask/email Ms. White or Ms. Papaly for this information.

 

  • CultureGrams: Background information on over 240 different countries. Perfect for World History "Pirates" assignments.

  • SIRS Discoverer: Another great starting point for magazine articles and research information.

  • eLibrary: An online library with encyclopedia, non-fiction books, maps, pictures, t.v., transcripts for research purposes.

Other Resources

  • PIKTOchart:  Easy, free infographic maker. 

  • PowToon:  Create animated videos and presentations for free. 

  • Adobe Spark:  Create social graphics, web stories, and animated videos for free. 

 

"Not all those who wander are lost"

--JRR Tolkien

 

Come "wander" through the library and experience...

 

Poster with educational phrases and the middle letter of each word spells "library"