Sumner High School Library

ensuring that Spartans are effective users and producers of ideas and information



Our Digital Library is Open 24-7 (use links above)

Library Reading Room, Technology, and Writing Centers: 7:10-3:30

Find out more about our Book Goups and Events . . . including Cavalcade of Authors 2019!


Library Reading Room / Study Hall (lunch A & B - M, T, W, Th) - Ms. Gosselin

Writing and Technology Center: Power Hour (lunch A & B - daily) - Ms. Fu, Mr. Villalobos, Ms. Copeland

Bookroom: Power Hour (lunch B - daily) - Ms. Rikansrud

Planning to move books back into the library this spring! Stay tuned . . .Reading, writing, library events . . . Enter a writing contest, learn about coding, participate in a reading challenge, or find ways to meet authors . . . check out our events page!


In its 5th year, Cavalcade of Authors West has grown to a workshop of 21 authors and 750 attending students. See our authors and titles list! We have 20 spots available for 2019!

If interested in writing, meeting authors, or discovering new YA titles, please let Ms. Gosselin know if you are interested in joining us.

Permission forms are now available in the library. Return with $25 to get first "dibs" on preferences, registration opens up this Nov! Text @coa19 to 81010 to receive messages and updates.

Elizabeth Acevedo -- Laurie Halse Anderson -- Susan Campbell Bartoletti -- Nicole Castroman -- Phil Bildner -- Margaret Peterson Haddix -- Maureen Goo -- Dan Gemeinhart -- Brendan Kiely -- Lindsey Leavitt -- Cynthia Hand -- Matthew Kirby -- L.L. McKinney -- Alex London -- Lisa McMann -- Adam Silvera -- Aisha Saeed -- Alexander Gordon Smith -- Ibi Zoboi -- Margaret Stohl -- Jeff Zentner . . . Author Workshops and Bios 2019

"The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story." - Ursula K. Le Guin

SHS Library Resources

Students can find library materials through the SHS Library Online Catalog, and should bookmark for access from home or from any Internet-connected device. Anyone can search our catalog as a guest, or students may go to the SHS Library Catalog link, and click the "My Info" at the top, using the SSD login/password to renew, review, and/or place holds on books. Helpful apps are available for our Destiny Catalog and Overdrive collections.

Our Overdrive ebook and audiobook library uses the same service that the Pierce County Library System does, but the content is collectively shared among our secondary schools in Sumner. Overdrive is supported on many systems, including iOS, Android, Google, Kindle, and more.

Read in your browser or download the Overdrive app to a device, select Sumner School District as your library, browse for audio and ebooks, and download to your device. Enjoy!

Students can access all library databases and subscriptions from home with any Internet-connected device, including Gale Virtual Reference Library (with over 900 reference volumes), History in Context, Opposing Viewpoints, eLibrary, JSTOR, ProQuest Literature, History, and Newsstand, World Book Online, and more. All make great sources for reference, homework help, and research projects! Students may sign in on our Google research classroom with the code: mdbekpn (the password guide is located under the about tab).

"It is a tie between men to have read the same book." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Library & Media Staff

Cheryl Block Gosselin, NBCT

Teacher Librarian, ITC, & IB Extended Essay Coordinator

Jeanette Rikansrud

Library Resource Manager, Textbooks and Circulation

Clemente Villalobos

Technology Resource Manager, Tech Ninja

READ SHS Library - ALA copyright

Writing Center Staff

Amanda Copeland

Writing Specialist & Instructional Resources

Melinda Fu

Writing Specialist & Instructional Resources

Library Information and Technology Programs

Look to the SSD Library Information Program page for more information on our mission, library procedures, collection development philosophy, FAQs, and links to other school libraries in our district. Professionally staffed school library programs help students become college and career ready by

*providing intellectual and physical access to books, resources, and technology;

*cooperatively developing strategies to meet and extend the resource and inquiry needs of our school communities;

*teaching information literacy, responsible use, and 21st century critical thinking skills;

*encouraging students to be independent thinkers, readers, creators, and imaginative problem solvers; and

*ensuring that students and staff are effective users and producers of ideas and information.

"We are drowning in information but starving for knowledge." - John Naisbitt

Community Resources

Students should get a free Pierce County Library card to access library resources throughout our Pierce County community, including books, Overdrive content, and subscription databases. Reciprocal library cards can be arranged with neighboring library systems, including King County Libraries, Tacoma Public Libraries, and Puyallup Public Libraries, which will give users access to more digital and print content.


ebooks from SHS and PCLS Overdrive libraries are available during vacations and after hours.

Expectations, Borrowing, & Student Accounts

Student Expectations

Libraries are used to meet the needs of many patrons with diverse questions and needs. Our community appreciates a library that is a welcoming, productive, considerate place to work, think, read, design, collaborate, study, share, and ask questions. Be respectful. With privilege comes responsibility. Please visit Student Expectations for more information.


Library books are checked out for three weeks at a time and may be renewed up to three times if there are no current holds on the title. Materials that are already late cannot be self-renewed, but they can be renewed in person.

Please return or renew books on time. Lost, damaged, and overdue books are subject to fines as defined by district policy. We believe that the library should be a free and accessible resource for all students.

Account Access

We send overdue notices out weekly through student email, but there are many ways to keep informed and avoid fines: 1) check the due date stamp in the back of the book (we still do), 2) ask the library staff to check due dates and/or renew books, 3) check account or renew online by logging in to "My Info" with the district computer ID and password, 4) check SSD gmail account for weekly overdue notices, and/or 5) watch EdAccess for current fines for lost or damaged materials.

Remember to Renew or Return!

Access your library account at, choose Sumner High School, and login using your student computer login and ID. Use the "my info" tab to find your account, history, items out, and due dates.