Searsport Middle/High School Library Adopts OPALS as the New Catalog

This summer the library moved our collection to a new online catalog, OPALS. Our new catalog adds many new features for both students and staff to use. Take a look at the new site by visiting:

Some of the New Features:

  • 100% web-based – access the catalog from school or home.
  • Online patron accounts with patron initiated reserves, and email notices.
    • Use your student ID# or Library ID# to register your account.
  • User generated ratings and reviews.
  • Online Google book previews for many of our titles.
  • Online pathfinders (resource topic guides) for students and staff.

We hope you will give the new catalog a try, and send us your feedback and questions.


The Spring Book Fair is Coming!

It’s that time of year again. The Spring Book Fair will be here within a matter of DAYS!

The library would like to invite you to stop by and see the new selection of books from Scholastic Book Fairs. The proceeds from this fair will be used to purchase books from the Middle School Teachers’ classroom wishlists and for the library.

I would also like to publicly thank the SDMS Student Council for signing up to be our student volunteer team.

Book Fair Schedule

  • Friday, April 27: Teacher Preview & Wishlist creation day.
  • Monday, April 30: Student Preview Day
  • Tuesday, May 1: 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
  • Wednesday, May 2: 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
    • Family Night – 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
  • Thursday, May 3: 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

We look forward to seeing you at the Fair!

Prints & Photographs Online @ the Library of Congress

Here is today’s did you know.

Did you know the Library of Congress maintains a catalog of Digital Prints and Photographs from their collections? So, if you’re ever in need of some historic photos for a project be sure to visit:


Library of Congress Description of this Collection:

The Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) contains catalog records and digital images representing a rich cross-section of still pictures held by the Prints & Photographs Division and, in some cases, other units of the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress offers broad public access to these materials as a contribution to education and scholarship.

The collections of the Prints & Photographs Division include photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. While international in scope, the collections are particularly rich in materials produced in, or documenting the history of, the United States and the lives, interests and achievements of the American people.

Featured articles in this month’s Library Media Connection

This month’s edition of Library Media Connection is chalked full of great articles and resources. With articles about STEM programs to Political ads and Media Literacy to Teaching Boolean Searching, the March/April edition has relevant articles for educators across the curriculum.

As always for those seeking to add new titles, the Library Media Connection includes numerous reviews for new and forthcoming fiction and non-fiction titles.

For the complete table of contents for this issue of LMC please visit:

Notable Links from this month’s issue:

The Library’s Website: A Wealth of Resources


Have you seen the Searsport District HS/MS library website lately?


If you haven’t visited the site recently, be sure to take a quick look at In an effort to provide pertinent information to our teachers and students we continually evaluate and add new resources to the website.

Features of the Website:

In addition to access to our online catalog, visitors to our site can access the school’s subscription databases, accelerated reader, online newsletter (this blog), and library and teacher recommended sites.


The library’s website also acts as a portal for user feedback. On the website, users can find library contact information, hours of operation, and library guidelines. We have also recently added an online form, where students and teachers can recommend a book for consideration by the library.

As always, the library is interested in hearing from you. So if you have a suggestion for a library material, newsletter article, or feature for the website please let us know.