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Siperstein Library: PREP Period Resources

Try Book Match




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 search the catalog below.
  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.

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:

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!) 

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