Welcome to the San Marcos High School Library!
Come Explore Our Poetry Collection!
The library recently put up some awesome foam letters to help make our poetry section easier to find. We invite you to come on in and browse! explore! discover!
Banned Books Week, September 24-30, 2017
It's Banned Books Week this week, and the library is celebrating the power of words. Stop by and check out our book display to learn why some of your favorite books may have been challenged or banned in schools and libraries across the country. You can also get crafty and make a Banned Books Week fortune-teller or color a "Words Have Power" poster. Hope to see you there!
Welcome to the '17-'18 school year!
Welcome back! We are excited for a new year here in the library. Come in and try out our new green screen, browse our new books, and meet our new library assistant! And stay tuned for announcements about our emerging maker space. It's going to be so much fun!
SMHS Library '16-'17 Year in Review
Click here to see a photo newsletter sharing some of the wonderful things that happened in the library this year. This photo newsletter was created using Canva, which I highly recommend for your school posters, brochures, and other visual projects.
3rd Annual Summertime Book Giveaway!!
All students are invited to come join us on the library patio on Thursday, June 1st at lunchtime for our 3nd annual summertime book giveaway. We will have treats to share and a free brand new book for everyone to take home. Many of the titles in our book giveaway are advanced readers copies that are either recently published or not even out yet. There will be lots of books to choose from. Don't miss it!
Poem in Your Pocket Day 2017
This Thursday, April 27th, is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Celebrate with us by coming by the library to pick up a pocket poem to carry around and share throughout the day. #pocketpoem
National Poetry Month @ the library
April is National Poetry Month! Come by the library and celebrate by:
Author Colson Whitehead Visits SMHS
What a privilege to spend an hour with Underground Railroad author and 2016 National Book Award winner Colson Whitehead this morning! Six junior and senior English classes were able to join us for this incredible event. Thanks to UCSB Arts & Lectures for their community outreach!
Welcome to the '16-'17 school year!
We are excited about all the new things we've got going on in the library this year. Come check out our new charging stations and our new patio! Or come in and do your homework with our in-library use textbooks and student supplies center. And be sure to check back here regularly throughout the year for updates on library happenings!
2nd Annual Summertime Book Giveaway!!
Our 2nd Annual Summertime Book Giveaway was a huge success! We gave away more than 150 books for students to read and enjoy over the summer.
Attention students! Please come out to the library patio at lunchtime on Wednesday, 6/1/16, for our 2nd annual summertime book giveaway and the "soft opening" of our new library patio space. We will have treats to share and a free book for everyone. Many of the titles in our book giveaway are advanced readers copies that are either recently published or not even out yet. Don't miss it!
Libros en Español
We have recently added nearly 150 books in Spanish to our library collection. Many titles are translations of our most popular YA fiction and nonfiction books. We also have graphic novels, favorite kids books, literary classics, and original works in Spanish. Come by and take a look at these new offerings!
Summer Reading 2016
Looking for some good summer reading? The 2016 Teens Top Ten list is out! It includes 26 fantastic YA books nominated by your teen peers across the country. In October, during Teen Read Week, teens will vote for the top 10 books of the year from these titles. Click here for more summer reading ideas.
Color Your Own Bookmarks
Book Madness 2017 Winners!
The Boy in Striped Pajamas defeated the competition in this year's first annual Book Madness competition. To see all the book winners, click here. Big congratulations go out to our student bracket winners. First prize ended in a tie, with both Anthony & Alanis having near perfect brackets. They will each receive an $80 gift certificate to Chaucer's. Edith, our third place winner, will receive a $20 gift certificate. Thanks to everyone for your participation. We hope to make Book Madness an annual SMHS tradition!
Join us for Book Madness this March!
Can't wait for March Madness? Love reading? Come to the library or C-6 to pick up your brackets for Book Madness! (Or print your own bracket here.) Then, vote for your favorite books on the library website to see which books advance to the finals. There are prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place! The last day to complete a bracket is March 3. Brackets should be turned in to Ms. Bryan or Ms. Fimlaid at the library. Please vote even if you didn't turn in a bracket!
- March 3: Brackets due, First round voting ends. Vote HERE [closed].
- March 9: Second round voting ends. Vote HERE. [closed]
- March 13: Third round voting ends. Vote HERE. [closed]
- March 17: Fourth round voting ends. Vote HERE. [closed]
- March 20-24: Winners announced!
SSR kickoffs for Second Semester
34 English classes, 5 days, 1100 library books checked out. Welcome to a new semester at SMHS!
Time to Return First Semester Books!
All first semester textbooks should be returned to the library no later than Friday, January 20th. Please also return any overdue library books at this time. Help us make sure we have enough books for students in second semester classes by returning your first semester books on time. Thank you!
Wintertime Book Giveaway on December 16th
Need a good winter break read? How about a holiday gift for someone you love? Come by the library at lunch on Friday, December 16th for the Wintertime Book Giveaway. We will be giving away over one hundred brand new books, many of which are advanced reader's copies of newly released titles. We look forward to seeing you there!
Poetry Slam 2016
Crafting & Coding Week @ the Library
Join us at Royal Time and lunch next week, December 5th-9th, for Crafting and Coding Week at the library! Come learn to code with students from SM's computer science class. Anyone can code! We'll be using free online coding software that you can practice on at home. Coding not your thing? Then join us for crafting! We'll be making snowflakes and holiday bookmarks for our new bookmark tree, as well as coloring on huge table-sized coloring sheets. We'll provide all the necessary materials. Bring your friends!
Chaucer's Gift Certificate Fundraiser
The library is selling Chaucer's gift certificates from November 28th through December 7th. We receive 20% of all gift certificates sold. Click here for an order form, and please contact the library if you have any questions. Thank you for your support!
Reading Without Walls Challenge
Take the challenge issued by graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang to expand your reading horizons and read outside your comfort zone!
Halloween @ the Library
Come on by the library for a spooky Halloween book to read or a fun Halloween bookmark to color!
Join the library in celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day this Thursday, April 21st. Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem. Stop by the library on Thursday to get a poem for your pocket or to share your pocket poem with us!
Poetry Slam 2015
New Seating in the Library!
Our new red and blue stools have arrived! Come by and try them out!