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Library Newsletter: October 2019

Overdrive & Library Database

SF Day has teamed up with other independent schools in the Bay Area to get Overdrive. Now you can read eBooks from kindergarten to adult titles on virtually any device, including your phone, tablet, or computer. You'll need your library username and password - please see a librarian if you don't have one.

Login to Overdrive today and happy reading!

View our library database, check out eBooks, and more!

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Research Databases

We have several research databases both general and grade-level specific. The following username and password will work for all of the links below.

Username: sfday

Password: databases


General research

BrainPop and BrainPop, Jr.
Videos and information on a variety of subjects

Britannica Escolar

Britannica School
Encyclopedia articles, multimedia, games, and other learning resources

Britannica Science

Britannica Social Studies

Current country reports on 200 cultures around the world

GALE in Context: Biography 

GALE in Context: Student resources

GALE in Context: Middle School 

GALE in Context: Research 

GALE in Context: US History 

GALE in Context: World History

GALE in Context: Science 

Kids Discover
Research information on a variety of subjects

Kids InfoBits
Research information on a variety of subjects

Nat Geo Kids
National Geographic tailored for students



Literary research

Etymology Dictionary
Explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago

Oxford English Dictionary
Guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words--past and present--from across the English-speaking world


Image/Video clips search

Booklists & Recommendations

2018 ALA Award Winners

2018 Newbery Award Winners

2018 Caldecott Medal Winners

Social reading community for students, educators, and parents


The 2019 Summer Reading Lists are here! These lists contain the latest titles curated for diversity, equity, and inclusion. I painstakingly debate each and every book, only selecting ones that yield a gender balanced list, provide a variety of genres, and implement a plethora of social identifiers. If you would like to view the analysis of any list, please let me know as I am more than happy to share them with anyone who is interested.

The Summer Reading Lists are recommendations based on interest level, not reading level. The lists are:

Reading is great for your brain anytime, but especially important during the summer when there tends to be a decline in reading ability called the summer slide. Therefore, students are encouraged to read and track their reading every day. Students who submit their reading logs to the library by September 6 will receive a reading award, a prize, and bag of “book” (gummy) worms (vegan upon request).

Please remember that the books on the lists are only suggestions and are not required. Support your student(s) by encouraging them to read what they enjoy over the summer and have relaxed conversations about their books. I wish you a summer filled with beloved books.

Yours in reading,

M. Renée Otero
Library Media Center Director


SF Day students created this list of their favorite books for grades 3-8. Please check the books interest level to see if it's right for you. Happy reading!

Book List