Library

Students using library computersThe SJMS library provides opportunities for students to become life-long learners who can independently access, evaluate, and use information.  Our school library is always open for reading, research, studying, and book selection and browsing. Be sure to come in often. 

Hours of Operation

The SJMS Library is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Research Hours: Tuesday and Thursday until 5:00 p.m. with parent permission slip.

Contact Our School Library Staff

Phone: (804) 723-2295 or (804) 723-2272
Fax: (804) 723-2261

Research Databases

The Stonewall Jackson Middle School Library offers a variety of online research databases for students.

Policies & Procedures

Loan Policies:

  • Students may check out up to four library items for a period of two weeks.  
  • Students may check out one magazine at a time for one week.
  • Students must bring items into the school library to renew them.
  • If a student has an overdue/missing item, he/she may not check out any additional items until the account is clear.

Students doing building activity in library

Lost or Damaged Books:

  • The fee for a lost or damaged book varies and is based upon the replacement cost indicated in the Destiny (school library catalog) record.
  • Students may pay book fees via My School Bucks, cash, or by check made payable to SJMS.

School Library News

SJMS Reading Olympians

The Reading Olympian promotes reading, teamwork, self-confidence, and just plain reading for fun. It doesn’t matter what kind of reader you are; there are books on the list just for you. We encourage all SJMS students to join the Reading Olympian club and take part in the activities. The Olympians will work in teams to collectively read from the list of 30 books between October and March.

There are two levels of competition. All Olympians will compete at the school level competition. From there, the top four scoring teams will participate in the Hanover County Reading Olympians Competition, in which Olympians will compete against other top scoring teams from middle schools in Hanover County. At both the school and county competitions, students will answer questions about the books and teams will earn points for correct answers. Immediately following each competition, we'll hold a fun ceremony, and ALL participants will receive a medal or ribbon for their hard work and dedication to reading.

Students doing an activity in the libraryDestiny Discover E-books

E-books are here! You can search our catalog for e-books and check them out from the catalog, or go directly through the Destiny Discover app to search for books.

Please follow these steps to download e-books:

  • Download the Destiny Discover App. This can be found if you search the App Store or Google Play.
  • Location: Scroll to Virginia and select it.
  • Type in the school name: Stonewall Jackson Middle School, Mechanicsville, VA
  • Log in using the same username and password you use for Destiny.
  • Click Log In.
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