Junior High

High School


Library Media

Bruce Venable

Library hours:

7:40am to 3:20pm Monday-Thursday; 7:40am to 2:00pm Friday

 Upcoming Events

Fall Literacy Night: November 19th at Viewmont High School

Read Across Davis

School Library Mission Statement

MPJH library's mission is to provide a safe environment that empowers students and staff to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers and ethical users of information.


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                                                         Library before the remodel

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Mr. Venable's helping hand



Library Destiny Catalog 
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School library catalog site

Overdrive Digital Library Catalog
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Student login:  Student username and pin #
Teacher login: Encore username and password

Utah's Online Library Database Catalog
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Ask the librarian for the home login information

Book Request Form


Library Information

Library Information


Library Hours of Operation

     Monday—Thursday     7:40am to 3:20pm

       Friday                          7:40am to  2:10    


The Library Hours of operation are subject to the needs and schedule at MPJH. Library closure during operating time may occur and will be posted.


School Library Events

Add information about any school library events or programs.

This may include Literacy Nights, book clubs, book fairs, Book Battles, author visits, challenges or reading events. 

Policies and Guidelines

Philosophy Statement Including: Rationale, Duties and Objectives for the media center

Rational: The school library media center of the Mueller Park Junior High exists to provide informational resources for students and teachers, assists students in developing literacy and research skills, and provides recreational reading opportunities. The library media specialist implements the library media program; coordinates interaction among administrators, teachers, and students relating to information and media; and assist teachers with resources to augment their school curriculum.  As a result of a successful library media program, the library media center becomes the school's main center for information.

Media Specialist Duties: The media duties include being an educator, curriculum advisor, information professional, resource manager, and trainer for students and faculty, team teacher, technology advisor and troubleshooter, literacy advisor, cataloguer and a librarian.

Media Center Objectives:

  1. To provide a collection of library materials that will meet the needs for all members of the school community.

  2. To select books/materials in formats to enhance curriculum instruction and to provide accurate, authoritative and balanced informational point(s) of view.

  3. To provide a resource for recreational reading.

  4. To provide evaluation, selection, ordering, processing and maintenance services for the acquisition and use of materials.

  5. To support the Core Curriculum for Library Media as outlined by the Utah State

                 Office of Education.

  1. To provide materials information on current issues so that the student may have an opportunity to develop under guidance the practice of critical analysis and to make informed judgments in their daily lives.

  2. To provide materials representative of the many religious ethnic and cultural groups that contributes to our national heritage and world community.

  3. To place principle above personal opinion and reason above prejudice in the selection of materials for the school community.

Book Lists and Reviews

                                     Mr. Venable's hidden gems (good reads)
1. The Fortune Tellers by Lloyd Alexander
2. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
3. The Boy In the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
4. Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
5. Charlotte Rose by A. E. Cannon
6. Monkey Bridge by Lan Cao
7. Year of the Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Nyui Choi
8. The Red Badge of Courage by Steven Crane
9. Children of the River by Linda Crew
10. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
11. The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman
12. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
13. April Morning by Howard Fast
14. Walk Across the Sea by Susan Fletcher
15. Dead-End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
16. Song of the Buffalo Boy by Sherry Garland
17. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
18. Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse
19. Weed Flower by Cynthia Kadahata
20. Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
21. An Eagle in the Snow by Michael Morpurgo
22. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
23. Island of the Blue Dolphins
24. A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
25. Jump into the Sky by Shelly Pearsall
26. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
27. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
28. Girl in the Cage by Jane Yolen
29. Fly Girl by Sherri L. Smith
30. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
31. Julie of the Wolfs by
32. So Far From the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins
33. The Devils Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
34. The white Indian Boy by Elijah Nichols Wilson
35. The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss
36. Hitler Youth by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
37. Bomb by Steve Sheinkin
38. Poor Richards Almanacs by Ben Franklin
39. Fanny Kemble by Robert Rushmore
40. Mark Twain by Clinton Cox





Library Standards


Secondary Library Media Skills

Essential skills and knowledge for this Davis District Course





• Read for information from a variety of formats and genres.

• Read for personal pleasure and individual growth.


Information Literacy

• Define an information problem.

• Formulate essential questions to expose problems, explore issues, make inferences and draw conclusions.

• Identify information needed to support research.

• Locate information in a variety of formats.

• Evaluate information for relevancy, accuracy, credibility and bias.

• Present research in a variety of formats including written, oral and digital.

• Compile a proper works cited or bibliography for print and digital sources.

• Use parenthetical references correctly.


Ethical Use of Information

• Use information ethically.

• Cite sources to give credit for ideas, quotations, and paraphrasing from another individual.

• Practice safe and responsible behaviors when using digital and social media.

• Follow intellectual property rights, copyrights and legal guidelines when gathering and using visual, audio, print and digitally-delivered information.





Collection Development

Collection Development Plan including: Inventory, Responsibility, Criteria and Weeding of Library Materials 

Inventory: This collection inventory plan is for the media center located at Mueller Park Junior High (MPJH). The implement of the inventory is the responsibility of the MPJH media specialist under the guidelines established by the District Supervisor.

  1. The school library media professional is responsible to maintain a regular inventory of materials and equipment. An ongoing inventory process identifies lost, stolen or damaged items and allows for an organized collection development process.

  2. A formal inventory may be conducted at the end or beginning of the school year to assess the collection and help with selection/acquisition of materials and equipment.

  3. Alternatively, partial inventories may be conducted throughout the year and finalized on a regular basis as scheduled by the library media professional.

  4. Missing items should be regularly deleted to maintain an accurate catalog.  


Responsibility for Selecting Materials:

The Media Selection Committee has the responsibility for selecting materials for utilization in the MPJH library. The selection of learning resources may involve the input from the whole school community; it is the media selection committee that coordinates the collection material(s). The ordering/purchase of all resources materials, plus determining and correlating all the school community wants and needs; the determinations of selected materials meeting the appropriate criteria/policy for the school and state guidelines are also the responsibility of the media selection committee. In selecting learning materials, the selection committee will evaluate available resources and curriculum needs and will consult reputable, professionally prepared aids to selection, other special bibliographies (many of which have been prepared by educational organizations for particular subject matter areas), and other appropriate sources including recommendations from other media specialist, district specialist  school staff and students.


Criteria for Selection of Learning Materials:

Learning materials shall support and be consistent with the general educational goals and core curriculum of the state, the district, and the aims and objectives of individual schools and specific courses offerings. 


  1. Learning materials shall be chosen to enrich and support the curriculum and the personal needs of users.

  2. Learning materials shall meet high standards of quality in:                                                                    


                        Educational significance

                        Factual content

                        Physical format        



                        Technical quality

  1. Learning materials shall be appropriate for the subject area and for the age, emotional development, ability level, learning styles, and social development of the students for whom the material are selected.

  2. Learning materials shall be designed to provide a background of information that will motivate students and staff to examine their own attitudes and behavior; to comprehend their duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges as participating citizens in our society; and to make informed judgments in their daily lives.

Learning materials shall provide information on opposing sides of controversial issues so that users may develop under guidance the practice of critical analysis.

Weeding Procedures

Weeding materials:  

 Weeding, or the removal of library materials, is essential to maintain a current, relevant, up-to-date collection. The school's professional library staff should periodically review the collection to determine which materials should be removed or replaced. Materials to consider for weeding include:


  1. Poor physical condition. However, literary quality and availability of replacement if a work is         appropriate for a collection should be considered         

  2. Superseded by more current information or contain subject matter no longer needed to support the curriculum;

  3. Receiving little use;

  4. Providing wrong, inaccurate, or dated information; or

  5. Encouraging stereotypes or biases.  

Materials which have been selected for weeding or disposal should be treated as follows:

  1. Remove the barcode, spine label, and card pocket from materials being removed from collection.

  2. Stamp “No longer property of Davis School District” or “Withdrawn” inside the front and back of the materials (book) that have been weeded.

  3. Material/ equipment disposal.

  4.  Books may be sold at a used book sale, recycled or given to another party or organization.

  5. Videos, filmstrips or other materials may be given away or disposed of through the school trash pick-up system.

  6. Discarded equipment will be sent to the district warehouse.

Library Operating Procedures

Library Operating Procedures Including: Open time, Book Checkout, and Fines

Hours: The library contract time is from 7:45 am until 3:15 pm, except Friday; also the library may be closed for faculty meetings, PTO meetings, or other school related business that may need the library.  The library is open during 1st and 2nd lunch unless a class is scheduled and utilizing the library.

Book Check Out:  Book(s) may be checked out by enrolled students for a period of ten school days.

Overdue Fines: Overdue books are charged 10 cents for each school day they are late. The maximum assessed overdue fine will be $5.00 per item. Overdue notices are periodically sent to students in their advisory/reach class.  Students with a book fine will not receive their yearbook until the fine(s) have been paid.


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Citation Sites

Research Tools

          Mueller Park Junior High
            Anti-Plagiarism Checklist



1.      When working on my paper, did I keep a list of all the books, articles, websites, and other sources I used?


¨  Yes     ¨  No

2.      In my notes, did I keep track of which information came from which sources?


¨  Yes     ¨  No



3.      When I used sentences just as they were in the source, did I always put quotation marks around them?


¨  Yes     ¨  No

4.      When I summarized ideas in my own words, did I remember to give credit to the original source?


¨  Yes     ¨  No

5.      Did I ask my teacher if I was unsure of how to list a source or whether to list it?


¨  Yes     ¨  No

¨ Not Applicable

6.      Did I use parenthetical citations (in-text citations) to document my sources?

¨  Yes     ¨  No


Final Paper

7.      Did I include a "Works Cited" page containing all books, articles, websites, and other sources that I used?


¨  Yes     ¨  No

8.      Is my "Works Cited" page in proper MLA format?


¨  Yes     ¨  No



This checklist is based on one found on KidsHealth.org at http://kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/school/plagiarism.html

                What is Copyright?

Big3 90046f2a62e32f5f9cfe0c2926223bc37aa9e7fdddea1a56fdd34959f2d7eb6eHere in the information age, virtually all intellectual creations can be protected by some form of intellectual property law. Intellectual property divides the universe intellectual creations into three domains:

  • Copyrights

  • Trademarks

  • Patents

    In a nutshell, copyright protects expression, trademark protects names, and patents protect ideas.

    Copyright protects creative expression that has been reduced to tangible form, such as a book, piece of recorded music, computer program, screenplay, painting, photograph, or motion picture.

    Trademark protects brand names, literally marking items in trade. The idea behind trademark is to protect the consumer by giving them some confidence that items branded with a certain mark are authentic and come from where they purport to come from.

    Patent protects innovation. While you can't copyright an idea, you can patent one.



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Davis Reads Website

E-Books from MPJH library

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OVERDRIVE IS A .COM PROGRAM THAT COMBINES DAVIS DISTRICT LIBRARY DATABASE (eBooks, audiobooks and streaming videos) WITH Mpjh librarys database. Overdrive allows the user to download any of the offerings/collections that are found in the mpjh or Davis district library database.

THE EASIST AND BEST WAY TO ACCESS OVERDRIVE: http://davis.lib.overdrive,com


Student log-in

  • username: Same as your computer log-in

  • password: student pin number

teacher log-in

  • username: encore username (lower case)

  • password: encore username (all caps)

practice makes perfection

ok, you will not become perrect, just better

overdrive does have a help section http://help.overdrive.com . The distric has changed some of the items so the overdrive help is not perfect. however, the district has a help link that is good to use http://www.davis.k12.ut.us/page/72410

reading device set up

when you log-in you can down load the overdrive app and/of set up your device for the correct format. the search engine is by subject, topic, reading level, curriculum based; also include in the app is writing helps, vocab help, sentince structure help and a lot other helps. your check-outs are returned by overdrive after two weeks time. the district data base consists of over 1000 items. and it keeps growing.