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Library Media Center

Library Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Library Technician: Mrs. Vicki Gandy, 858-302-3000, extension 3070.

Network Systems Media Technician: Ms. Carolyn Edmonson, 858-302-3000

Students may visit the Library Media Center before school, during lunch and after school each day.  During class hours, students must have a pass from a teacher to be admitted.

Please observe the following rules when using the Library Media Center:

  •     Students must have a pass in order to go to the library during class time.
  •     Books are checked out at the circulation desk only with an I.D. card.
  •     Observe the due dates stamped in the books you select.  Books are checked out for two weeks.
  •     Drinks, gum and food are not allowed.
  •     Be considerate.  No loud talking or disruptive behavior.  Other people have the right to silence when they are working.

Challenger's Library District Home Page with links to district provided Digital Resources.  Login information for all sources -Username: sandi1, Password: library

Britannica Escolar - An age-appropriate encyclopedia for middle school students in Spanish.

Britannica School Middle - An age-appropriate encyclopedia for middle school students.

Britannica School World Atlas - Interactive world atlas designed especially for middle school students.

CultureGrams - Country and state information including geography and climate, customs, daily life videos, recipes, statistics, flag, national anthem.

eLibrary - Contains hundreds of full text and full run journals and newspapers, eLibrary offers millions of the best images, maps, websites and videos. Some of the same content as SIRS Discoverer

SIRS Discoverer - Contains newspaper and magazines articles, nonfiction ebooks, and a pro-con issues collection.

Clever - A single login site for online applications.

Teen Health and Wellness - Provides middle school and high school students with nonjudgmental, straightforward, standards-aligned, curricular and self-help support. Topics include diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide, bullying, green living, financial literacy, digital literacy, et al.

Fact Monster - Find information about a variety of subjects ranging from weather facts to homework help to quizzes and games

Kids National Geographic - Find amazing facts about animals, science, history and geography, along with fun competitions, games and more.

One Look Dictionary - Look in hundreds of general and specialized dictionaries at once.

San Diego Public Library -Resources provided by the City of San Diego.

TeenInk - A national teen magazine, book series, and website devoted entirely to teenage writing, art, photos and forums.


In Memoriam
Story_cornerStory Corner
Gareth Story was a well-loved, dynamic teacher who passed at a young age.  The Story Corner, where classes can gather in an informal setting to study and read, is named in his honor.  Challenger students are reading to Hickman students on Dr. Seuss' birthday for Read Across America (right).
Kathy's Place
On Monday, December 5, 2011, Challenger staff, friends, and family held a dedication ceremony honor Kathy McLaughlin.  As Challenger's second library media teacher from 1999-2008, she devoted herself to making the library the hub of the school.  She had been an elementary teacher at three different elementaries, librarian for several public branch libraries, and the Young Adult Librarian for the City of San Diego, but her favorite place was Challenger Middle School.
Kathy's educational background included two masters degrees and seven teaching credentials and was a tremendous resource to the school.  Her experience in the classroom was also an asset to teachers when they needed help finding curriculum resources.  She constantly networked with colleagues across the district and state to promote reading and libraries.  One of her talents (and joys) was matching just the right book with the student.Kathy_McLaughlin
Her goal was to make Challenger's library the best in the district.  In her quest for books, she would review books in her free time just get them at no cost to the school.  All the local booksellers (new and used) knew her by name and would arrange special deals for her.  In the nine years she was Challenger's librarian, she increased the size of the collection by thousands of books in a time when library book budgets were slashed to bare minimums.  She was a master of creative solutions and making connections in order to receive donations for the school.
She passed away in February 2011 from complications of scleroderma.  Her former office will now be known as Kathy's Place.  Donations honoring her will help expand the collection.