South Hillsborough School Library

Current Library News

Art Contest for Reading Challenge T-Shirt: In order to celebrate reading and those students who complete the Reading Challenge in April, Mrs. James has a yearly student art contest to select the student art that will be used on the Reading Challenge t-shirts. She will be accepting submissions throughout the month of February.  Student artwork must be related to reading and books, and students do not have to be participating in the Reading Challenge to submit a design.  Artwork may be in any medium and size, but must be at least 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches.  All students will vote for the winning design at the beginning of March.  Please contact Mrs. James with questions. 

Battle of the Books! Student teams read 10 books in a variety of genres from May 2023 to March 2024, and then will compete against each other in a Kahoot quiz competition.  4th and 5th graders, here is the new list of 10 books so you can be ready for next March's competition! 


The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Historical Fiction

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

Sports Fiction

Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas


The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

Realistic Fiction

Ban This Book by Alan Gratz

The List of Things that Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead


Odder by Katherine Applegate

Science Fiction

A Rover’s Story by Jasmine Warga


From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by EL Konigsburg

Support the South Library: Thanks to everyone who joined The Judy Goetzl Birthday Book Club this year. Your donations make it possible for the South Library to have wonderful new materials.  We'll continue our monthly "birthday parties" at lunchtime when school resumes in August.  Click here to join for your child.  Click here to see the latest books added to the South Library through Birthday Book donations.  

More Library News

Reading Tigers: The fourth meetings of the Reading Tigers will take place on February 28th (2nd and 3rd graders) and February 29th (4th and 5th graders) at lunch.  Copies of the books are available for check out now in the library: Three Good Deeds (2nd grade); Odder (3rd grade); Ban This Book (4th grade); Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (5th grade).  

The South Library has over 18,000 books. There is something for every reading level and interest.  Fiction books are sorted into broad reading levels, with collections for Easy Readers, Picture Books, Early Series, Chapter Books (arranged by genre), and Graphic Novels.  The nonfiction collection is particularly robust, with numerous animal books, picture book biographies, crafts books, and sports books. New books are added often--thank you parents for donating to the Birthday Book Club!  

Click here to search the variety of materials in the library, and click on Mrs. James's Instagram account, @thetigerlibrarian, for her favorite books.

South Wins Battle of the Books in 2023: Hillsborough's own version of March Madness ended on a wild and stormy night with the South team of Judging by the Cover winning the trophy!!  They competed against the best teams from North and West as well as South's very own ABC Readers. Below are our South Battle of the Book Finalists for 2023! Judging by the Cover (Isabelle C, Gregory C, Coco A, and Sreda I) and ABC Readers (Aya M, Diya S, Connor H, and Daniel K).

Reading Challenge 2023 T-Shirt Winners and Movie Celebration for Readers: Many congratulations to Saya W and Annie O for their winning t-shirt designs and to the over 40 students who completed the Reading Challenge during the 2022-23 school year! To learn more about the Reading Challenge this year, and to see all the quotes and books, click here.