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Looking for something to read, but don't know where to start? Fill out the BOOK MATCH form and Ms. Friedlander, a reading expert, will tailor a reading list based on your responses. A great way to find something new!


Steps to Checking out a book

If you want to check out a book from the library, please adhere to the following procedure:

  1. Find a book you want to read. Browse or use the catalog.
  2. Bring it to the librarians.
  3. We check it out to you. You have a month to read the book, but let us know if you want to renew it.
  4. Bring the book to the librarians (really important!) when you're finished.
  5. Do not put books back on the shelves.

All fiction is now organized by genre (like a bookstore). This will make it much easier to browse the collection. In addition, you can now search the catalog by genre.

Library Info

Library Hours

Monday - Thursday: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Friday: 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Contact our Librarians

Mr. Reese: 

Ms. Friedlander:


Looking for something to read, but don't know where to start? Fill out the BOOK MATCH form and Ms. Friedlander, a reading expert, will tailor a reading list based on your responses. A great way to find something new!

Request a book 

To request a book for the library, just complete the questions on the linked form and we will do our best to get it.

 eBook and eAudiobooks

To download books, search for the Axis 360 app in your APP store. Follow the link and use your Prep login information to check out books.

User Guides

Library Catalog Finding print resources in the library.
Axis 360 For using eBooks and eAudiobooks.


How to Pick a Book

Choosing a book thoughtfully will increase the likelihood that you will commit to it and enjoy it. You should select books based on (1) interest and (2) readability.


Readers choose books based on (1) INTEREST.

Readers choose books based on (2) READABILITY.

When choosing a book, consider:

  • Your favorite authors, genres, and series
  • Information on the back cover/inside flap
  • Cover illustration
  • First few pages
  • Important, interesting, and new subjects you want to know more about
  • Recommendations from friends, family members, and teachers

When choosing a book, try “the 5 Finger Rule”:

  1. If a book catches your interest, try it.
  2. Start with one hand in a fist. Read the first page. Put one finger up each time you come across a word that you do not know.
  3. If at the end of the page you have five fingers up, the book might be frustrating for you to continue to read. If two or three fingers are up, the book should be just-right. If no fingers are up, the book might be too easy.

Finding Books

Ways to Find a Book
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The Fiction Books are  cataloged by genre. Check the Warren Street side of the library for the following genres:

Adventure Classics Drama
Dystopian Fantasy Graphic Novels
Historical Fiction Horror Humor
Military Mystery Poetry
Realistic Fiction Science Fiction Sports Fiction
Story Collections Thriller  
Within genres, fiction is organized by Call Number. 


Non-Fiction is shelved on the tall bookcases in the back of the library (near the red chairs). These are all organized by Library of Congress Call Numbers. 

Use the library catalog (linked here and found above) to find what you're looking for. You can type in a name of a book, a subject (like sports or fantasy), or a favorite author. 
We are happy to help you find a book if you're not sure where to start (there's a lot of books in here!) 


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Some Great Suggestions!

The Hate U Give

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. - Publisher

Dear Martin

"Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him"--Provided by publisher.

Paper Towns

One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Overweight and nerdy Oscar lives with his Dominican American mother and sister in New Jersey and dreams of becoming a renowned author and finding true love, but unfortunately, a family curse stands in the way of his wishes.

Miles Morales, Spider-Man

"Brooklyn Visions Academy student Miles Morales may not always want to be a super hero, but he must come to terms with his identity--and deal with a villainous teacher--as the new Spider Man"-- Provided by publisher.

Long Way Down

As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.

Eleanor and Park

"Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try"--Provided by publisher.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

New Lone Wolf and Cub

Ogami Itto, the Lone Wolf, and his nemesis, Yagyu Retsudo, lie dead on the field of their titanic duel. Ogami's young son, Daigoro, will not leave his father's side, and none dare help the child, none save Togo Shigetada, a samurai on a desperate and deadly mission of his own.


"Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential"--


In an alternate world, humans have nine lives in which they cannot wait to use them up. A young man named Julian who is determined to stay on his first life for as long as he can along with a group of student dissenters seek out to find answers, and are on the verge of exposing one of the greatest conspiracy ever unleashed on the world.


With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home.

After the Shot Drops

"Told from alternating perspectives, Bunny takes a basketball scholarship to an elite private school to help his family, leaving behind Nasir, his best friend, in their tough Philadelphia neighborhood"--Provided by publisher.

The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures

The author, hose of the podcast "Lore", guides us through the history of terrifying creatures, exploring not only the legends, but what they tell us about ourselves.

Batman Vol. 1: I AM GOTHAM

By far the most intense Batman run I have ever read, Tom King explores the psychological profile of a man who pushes himself to the extremes to fight a battle again crime that he can't possibly win. This book is a reminder why Batman is the greatest comic book character. Ever. Period. -- Mr. Reese

The Rap Year Book

"This book takes readers from 1979, widely regarded as the moment rap became recognized as part of the cultural and musical landscape, and comes right up to the present, with Shea Serrano ... discussing, debating, and deconstructing the most important rap song year by year"--Amazon.

X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills

The X-Men must form an alliance with Magneto to fight the Stryker Crusade, a group led by religious fanatic William Stryker, the proponant of mutant genocide who has turned Charles Xavier against the X-Men.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

"Lunella Lafayette is a preteen super genius who wants to change the world-but learned the hard way that it takes more than just big brains. Fearful of the monstrous inhuman genes inside her, life is turned upside down when a savage, red-scaled tyrant is teleported from prehistoric past to a far-flung future we call today"--Amazon.

Hawkeye Vol 1: My Life as a Weapon

One of the best books Marvel has ever put out. In volume 1, "Clint Barton--a.k.a the self-made hero Hawkeye- fights for justice...and good rooftop BBQs!" - Back Cover.

Hip Hop Family Tree 1: 1970s-1981

This graphic novel explores the origins of hip hop through a story that is "cool enough to freeze hot water" (Fab Five Freddy). An excellent read.

Ready Player One

In the year 2044, Wade Watts, like the rest of humanity, chooses to escape reality and spends his waking hours in the limitless, utopian virtual world of the OASIS, but when Wade stumbles upon the first of the fiendish puzzles set up by OASIS creator James Halliday he finds he must compete with thousands of others.

Becoming Kareem

"An autobiography about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his life growing up in New York, becoming the basketball star he's known to be, and getting involved in the world around him as an activist for social change"--Provided by publisher.


A new friend and their YouTube cooking channel help fourteen-year-old Sebastian move on from accidentally shooting his infant sister ten years earlier.

New Teen Titans

Collects the early adventures of the New Teen Titans after Starfire, Cyborg, Raven and Changeling joined the team.

Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery

Astronaut Scott Kelly shares details about his life, discussing his childhood in New Jersey, training, space missions, and more.

Shoe Dog: a memoir by the creator of Nike

"Phil Knight opens up about how he went from being a track star at an Oregon high school to the founder of Nike"--

Through the Woods

"A collection of five spine-tingling short stories"--Provided by publisher.

Archie Vol. 1

"Meet Riverdale High teen Archie, his oddball, food-loving best friend Jughead, girl-next-door Betty and well-to-do snob Veronica Lodge as they embark on a modern reimagining of the beloved Archie world"--Back cover.


Lord Ballister Blackheart seeks to bring down the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics with the aid of his new shapeshifting sidekick Nimona.

King Zeno

"New Orleans, a century ago: a city determined to reshape its destiny and, with it, the nation's. Downtown, a new American music is born. In Storyville, prostitution is outlawed and the police retake the streets with maximum violence. In the Ninth Ward, laborers break ground on a gigantic canal that will split the city, a work of staggering human ingenuity intended to restore New Orleans's faded mercantile glory"--Jacket flap.

Call Numbers

Anatomy of a Call Number
Read call #s alphanumerically  
Fiction Example
PZ7   L97967 Ban   2017
Subject of the Book     Author's Last Name            Title of the Book       Date of Publication     
Non-Fiction Example
TL 789.85 .K45 A3  2017
Subject of the Book     Author's Last Name            Title of the Book       Date of Publication