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Media Center Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers."  ~Charles W. Eliot
Ms. Barbara Reynolds
Media Specialist
Saddle Brook Middle/High School
The Media Center is the information center of the school.  By providing an organized collection of resources and comfortable place to read and study, the Saddle Brook Middle/High School library is the foundation for the intellectual life of the school.  The goals of the Media Center are threefold; help students develop the research skills they need in our information-rich world through the Library Explorations program; collaborate with teachers to support their curricular goals and research objectives; and promote a lifelong interest in reading with a robust selection of fiction and non-fiction titles that cater to diverse backgrounds, perspectives, interests and opinions.
The process of investigation and study is a critical independent learning skill. The abundance of information available in the 21st Century will not create more knowledgeable citizens unless they have the skills necessary to utilize the information effectively. 
Habitually reading fiction, poetry, narrative non-fiction and biography opens the way to developing a deeper sense of empathy, a wider sense of justice, a broader base of knowledge, and a flexibility of mind.  Recreational reading correlates with more imaginative thinking and higher academic achievement.  Reading and information literacy skills enable students to form meaningful questions, use multiple sources of information to solve problems, evaluate information sources and draw unique conclusions. 
 Print Resources:

•Over 11,000 volumes and growing

•40 periodical subscriptions

•Weekly subscriptions to the Record and New York Times Newspapers

•Web Sourcebook

•Professional Resources collection and related journals


•Web Sourcebook

•Professional Resources collection and related journals

Loan Period:

•Three weeks on general collection books. Overnight loans on most reference books and magazines

Overdue Fines:

•$0.05 a day on all general collection books and magazines.

• $0.25 a day on overnight reference books.

   The media center supports a digitalized wireless environment. In addition, there are 25 computers and two network printers available for staff and students. Acceptable Use Policy guidelines are in effect at all times. Internet use is limited to school-related assignments only.  E-mail, chat, blogs, games, and instant messages are not allowed.  Failure to adhere to the guidelines will result in disciplinary action.
 Teachers may reserve the Media Center computers for class use by signing up at the circulation desk.
All students must have a library card from the Saddle Brook Public Library in order to borrow materials from the Media Center.  Public Library cards can be obtained free of charge at the Saddle Brook Public Library.  Students may not borrowing library cards from family members or friends.


Attention all 7th and 8th graders:  "Battle of the Books" permission slips are available in the Media Center.  
1. All of the Above by Shelley Pearsall
2. Cheaper By the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
3. Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
4. Deathwatch by Robb White
5. Football Genius by Tim Green
6. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
7. Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde
8. Hidden Talents by David Lubar
9. Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
10. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riorden
11. Maximum Ride:  The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
12. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
13. Powerless by Matthew Cody
14. Red Scarf Girl: A Member of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-Li Jiang
15. Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel
Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading incentive program.  Students gain knowledge and enjoyment from reading good books and sharing them with friends.  Students will also receive EXTRA CREDIT towards their Language Arts grade.
2012-2013 Battle of the Books

Congratulations to the Saddle Brook Battle of the Books First Place Champions Books United and the Second Place Champions the Page Turners. 

The First and Second Place Champions received trophies.  Third, fourth and fifth place competitors received Excellence in Reading Awards. 
Congratulations to the Battle Super Readers Magdalena Zajkowska and Gladis Philip who both read all 15 "Battle" books.  Their names have been engraved on a plaque in the Media Center. 
  • Individual or group reference assistance.   
  • The Saddle Brook Middle/High School Media Center is a member of the Bergen Electronic Library for Schools (BELS.)  Students and staff can access resources and those of other member schools in the Bergen Electronic Library for Schools (BELS) either from school or home by visiting http://belsnj.org Online catalog searching by title, author, or keyword are accessible from the BELS homepage


  • Access BCCLS, the catalogs and on-line resources of the public libraries in Bergen County by visiting www.bccls.org
    • NOTE:  You must have your library card number to access the BCCLS web resources.
  • Loans arranged from other schools or public libraries.

Independent Reading 

  Students benefit from opportunities to engage in independent reading.   Independent reading is essential for advancing students' literacy growth.  Specifically they need substantial time to read, frequent immersion in a variety of texts, easy access to the school library to support in-school and at-home reading, and interesting contexts for learning word meanings. These sources of support increase the effectiveness of independent reading across the curriculum by helping middle and high school students improve their reading as well as to enjoy reading as a lifetime activity.   


On-Line Resources

Note: Passwords to access subscription databases, from outside of school, are available in the Media Center.

Other Non-Print Resources
  • Video/DVD collection (staff only)
Read Across America
 During the month of March, as part of "Read Across America", the Saddle Brook Middle and High School Media Center collected close to 500 pairs of socks during its "Fox in Socks Drive." Your generous donations are being donated to a children's orphanage in Paterson. Thank you for the support. 
Part of the Library lesson is self-selecting reading materials.  Each day time is given for students to check out books.  Students are expected to check out on average 1 book every 3 weeks and return it on time to the Media Center
Each student will be graded regularly on the quality of their class work; including participation.  Participation is defined by a student’s effort, attitude, sportsmanship, cooperation, and listening.  Students who strive for achievement in those areas will make positive and natural progress in their development and will have a positive effect on classmates.