Summer Reading

There are a lot of great summer reading options available to you this summer. Many have already started!

In our LSN library, starting May 17 you can check out as many print books as you want to be responsible for. You’ll need to bring them back the first day of school, or drop them off at the summer school library.

Our online eBook provider, Sora, has audio books and eBooks available 24/7. Plus, their Sweet Reads summer reading program gives you more than three dozen titles that are always available! This program runs now through early August. The thousands of books we’ve curated for high school students is always available on Sora!

Through Sora, you can also add the library: Audio Sync to get two free audio books every week. While you have to download them the week they are available, once you’ve download them to your device you’ll be able to listen to them at any point in the next 99 years! First, click the link for Audio Sync to sign up. You can even have them send you a reminder when new books are available each week! Then, to add this library within your Sora, 1) Open Sora on your device. 2) In the top right corner, look for a drop-down menu that has ‘add a library’ as an option. 3) Click ‘add a library.’ 4) Search by name Audio Sync 5) log in with your email.

Mid Continent & Kansas City Public’s Sora Libraries: Why not add more choices to your Sora catalogue? Follow the steps above to add a library to your Sora, but search Mid-Continent. Your library card number is LS + your school ID (lunch) number.

As a Jackson County resident, you can also request a new library card from the Kansas City, Missouri public library on their Website. You’ll get a digital card instantly that you can use to check out materials through their Sora library! Follow the same steps to enter KCPL on your personal Sora, giving you up to four libraries to find books in one single search.

Mid Continent Public Library’s summer reading program begins June 1. You can win free books and prizes from the KC Zoo, Science City, the Truman Library, and more.

Senior Scholarship!

Seniors, the Library offers a $500 scholarship each year for the best research project. You can find all the details by following this link.
All submissions are due by March 11th.
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Check out a book today!

There are several ways to check out a book from the library this year!
All students can check out ebooks and audiobooks from our Sora collection 24/7 to any device from anywhere. Find more information and login instructions on our Read page.

R7 Online students can place a hold on a book from our Library Catalog. You can find instructions on our “Request a Book” page. Once you have placed a hold on the book, you will receive a confirmation email with pick-up instructions. When you are on your way to pick up the book, please call 986-3025, and we will have the book waiting for you in the front office.

Hybrid students can come to the library during your in-person days to check out a book like normal. Hybrid students can also place holds on books when they are at home or at school. When you place a hold on a book using the same instructions as above, you will receive a confirmation email when it is ready to pick up. You can then stop by the library anytime, and the book will be waiting for you with your name on it right inside the entrance on the pick-up cart pictured below.

Finally, remember LS+your student number works as a Mid-Continent Public Library card. Using your student MCPL card you can check out books, ebooks, audiobooks, comic books, stream movies, get live homework help, and more.

Book cart for pick up


In the library world, October is TeenTober to raise awareness of the teen services provided by public and school libraries. Below are some interesting statistics provided by the American Library Association.

Students make almost 1.3 billion visits to school library media centers during the school year, the same as attendance at movie theaters in 2014, or four times as many visitors to national parks. What will you discover at your school library?

97% of public libraries offer a dedicated section for teen books and materials. Teens, visit, and pick up a book today. Don’t know what to choose? Just ask a library staff member for help or check out these booklists made just for teens!

82% of public libraries offer after-school programs or tutoring to teens. Never attended one? Check out‘s teen programs during #TeenTober this month!

And, what is happening at the LSN LMC? We have real books, we have ebooks, we have magazines, we have Book Club, we have MCPL access, we have databases, we have help videos, we’re on Twitter, on Instagram, on YouTube. We have it ALL!!!!!

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Banned Books Week 2020

Each year the American Library Association celebrates Banned Books Week to bring light to the dangers of censorship and to celebrate each individual’s freedom to read and access information. The LSN Library celebrates your freedoms as well.

Here are many resources where you can learn more about Banned Books Week and your Right to Read.
– This LSN Library page displays the information collected by the ALA Office for Intelectual Freedom concerning book challenges in the United States. This includes a video and slideshow concerning the top 10 most challenged books in 2019.
– Here is the official home of Banned Books Week. It contains information and resources for teachers.
– Here is a Collection of banned and challenged books that you can check out from the LSN Library. Here are instructions for how to check out books during Virtual Learning.
– The ALA’s Library Bill of Rights explains how the library protects your freedom to read and explore your interests widely and privately.
You can also read the ALA’s Freedom to Read Statement, which was first adopted in 1953, and continues to be reaffirmed to this day.

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