Mary Jo Sheppard Elementary Library Media Center

"Today a reader, tomorrow a leader." — Margaret Fuller


Mary Jo Sheppard Symbaloo


Click on the underlined words right above to take you to a marvelous sight!  Many of our school websites and useful links at your fingertips: click on this link to take you to our symbaloo where you can check out school information, check for books in our school library, help your child do research or just play educational games. Each tile takes you to a different site.  You will find tiles for online reading such as Capstone Interactive Library, Storyline Online, and Bookflix.  You also access for databases such as Pebble Go, Brittanica and National Geographic Kids.  See the librarian for user names and passwords that are exclusive for MJS students.

Sharon Prince, Library Information Technology Educator

Library Learning Common Hours - Monday-Friday, 7:30am-3:45pm

Student Resources

Database Resources


Upcoming Events:

Read-a-Thon -   Aug. 21 - Sept. 1 - Watch your student's backpack or your email for details concerning this fundraiser.  The proceeds for this fundraiser will be split between the school (money to be used for a presentation system in the cafeteria) and the library (money to be spent for visiting author or illustrator, makerspace materials, and / or more library books.

Book Fair - Sept 18 - Sept. 22 - You may shop at school or you may shop online:

Wildlife Trunk - Bats a Billion - Nov. 14th - All things bats will be set up in our library for the students to explore.

Battle of Book Club - This is a book club for 3rd and 4th graders.  Five books will be read and discussed throughout the year in an afternoon club atmosphere.  There will be a school competition and a district competition to decide the MISD Elementary Battle of Book Championship.  Click below for information.

Battle of Book Introductory letter.

Battle of Book Tentative Schedule

Library Information & Book Checkout Policy

Students in kinder may have one book checked out at a time. Students in grades 1-4 may have two books checked out at a time. All books may be checked out for one week, and may be renewed on an as needed basis.

Classes visit our library weekly for instruction and checkout. Students may utilize our Open Check Out program which allows students the flexibility to visit the library individually on a more frequent basis.

Parents, please help to ensure your child is a good library citizen and returns his/her book on time.

Access to search for books in Sheppard's library may be done from the classroom, or home.  At home, you may click on the link above to see which books are available at our school. Click HERE to access the catalogue for Mary Jo Sheppard Elementary Library. Click on Mansfield ISD. Click on Mary Jo Sheppard. You will find the search bar at this point.

Library Resources & Helpful Links

Access to Libraries - School and Public

This is a site that gives you access to the Mansfield Public Library online catalog.  You will need a library card in order to check out books.

This is the site for Mary Jo Sheppard's library.  You can search for books that we have in our facility.  Once you get to the site, click on Mansfield and then click on Mary Jo Sheppard. You will find the search bar at this point.

This is a site that gives you access to the Arlington Public Library online catalog.  You will need a library card in order to check out books.

You may go to this site to check a book title to see if it is a Reading Counts book.

Important Information

Battle of the Books Club is for 3rd and 4th graders.  The students will have 5 books to read.  The club meets bi-weekly throughout the year.  Information will be coming out soon for the 2016-2017 Battle of the Books Club.

Important Book Lists

The Bluebonnet Book list is sponsored by the Texas Library Association.  There is a list of 20 book nominations.  Third and Fourth grade children across the state of Texas vote for the book to win the Bluebonnet Award.

The 2x2 reading list is also sponsored by the Texas Library Association.  This list is for children from age 2 - Second grade.