Congratulations to our February Library Puzzler Winners!

Congratulations to our February Library Puzzler Winners!

In case you are wondering here are the answers to the Puzzler Questions:

  • Question 1: A URL is the unique string of letters or numbers that identifies a source on the internet? (TRUE)
  • Question 2: Which of the following domain codes represents a non-profit organization? (.org)
  • Question 3: A “Whois” Search can provide valuable information about a website. Using this website: , what information is provided about the website? (Primary contact name, Country of origin, Contact information, Location of organization)
  • Question 4: Where can you find back issues of magazines, newspapers, and academic articles? (The Marvel databases)
  • Question 5: You’ve been asked to find reliable information on population statistics for the State of Maine, which online resource should you use? (U.S. Census website)

Stay tuned for our March Library Puzzler!


Maine Student Book Awards Voting is now Open!

ImageThe 2013 Maine Student Book Award voting is now open. Be sure to visit the SDMS/HS library page for more information and a list of titles that are available in our collection.

Student voting must be done through your teacher or librarian and ends April 1, 2013!

Don’t miss your chance to vote for your favorite book.

Happy New Year! and some Mobile Device Fun

Welcome 2013!

Fun Fact to Know and Tell:

Did you know that the Month of January was named for the Roman god Janus? In fact, many of the months are named after Roman gods and Ceasars. For more information on this, see the Infoplease almanac at:

Library Catalog Tip:

You may have notice last month that funny looking little black squares began appearing next to your search results in our catalog. QR CodeThese funny little boxes are called QR codes (Quick Response) code and are 2 dimensional barcode.  These barcodes carry specific information that can be decoded by QR code reader app for personal mobile devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets, etc.). If your device doesn’t have a QR code scanner there are many free app’s available, and many useful reviews to help you decide which app is best.

The QR codes in our library catalog next to individual books will give users the necessary information to find the books on our shelves. So if you received a new tablet, smartphone or iPod/mp3 player with a camera, go ahead and try out this feature and let us know what you think.

EBSCOhost Mobile

Did you know, that many of MARVEL’s EBSCO databases are mobile device compatible? If you haven’t tried these databases on a tablet yet, be sure to visit:

Remember, if you are using a non-school internet connection to access MARVEL you may need to register and login to access these databases.

Stay Tuned Next Week: New Library Puzzler and a look at Creative Commons

Book Fair Follow-up

Thank you to all who supported our December Book Fair. We had a very successful fair with $1267.80 in sales. The library in turn received $650.12 in Scholastic Dollar Rewards and was able to add 40 new books from the fair to the library collection. Be sure to check out the new books by visiting our new items page.

I would also appreciate any feedback from students, staff or parents who came to the book fair and would ask that if you have time to complete this brief survey.


Mr. Richards

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!

Recommend a Book to the Library

We often get students and teachers who come to the library to recommend a great book they have just read. So to make this easier for our patrons we’ve added a book recommendation form to our website.

To access this form, visit or and look for the book recommendation form in the left navigation bar.

So whether if it is a new title, or the next book in a series we own, fill out the form today and let us know what you’d like to see added to our collection.