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Library Services

UDS Connects Through Reading
As part of our active pandemic response and distance learning program, UDS launched UDS Connects Through Reading in April of 2020. This is a digital library of our own UDS educators reading to our children from various grade-level appropriate books. Cited as a model quick action response, districts across the country have launched their own Connects Through Reading programs. Books are cycled through the year so check back often. You can connect with this independent section of the website by clicking here: UDS Connects Through Reading
 
Content and Permissions
The library classifies fiction based on broad age group recommendations, and we encourage parents to let us know which types of books your child is permitted to check out. We base our age recommendations on sites like commonsensemedia.org or by comparing with similar books. The age recommendations should be considered a rough guideline and subjective.
 
The classifications are:
  • Picture Books (PB): all picture books
  • E 1-2 / J 3-4 (Early Readers Levels 1-4): ages 5 to 7+
  • Juvenile Fiction (J FIC): ages 8 to 11+
  • Graphic Novels (GN): ages 5 to 11+
  • Teen/Young Adult Fiction (YA FIC): ages 12 to 13+
  • Young Adult Graphic Novels (YA GN): ages 12+
  • Young Adult Fiction Restricted (YA FIC REST): ages 14+
  • Fiction (FIC): classics such as Salinger, Hemingway, Twain, Lee
 
You can let us know which categories your child should have access to using this form. If you submitted the form last year, we still have it on file. You can re-submit the form if you ever need to change your selections.
 
Until we receive your form, we will assign these permissions by default:
 

Grade

Young Adult Fiction or

Graphic Novel

Young Adult Restricted

All Others

T/K - 5th

RESTRICTED

RESTRICTED

Allowed

6th+

Allowed

RESTRICTED

Allowed

 
Volunteering
The library needs your help! Even if you can only come in one time, or occasionally have a free half-hour during pick-up - we have something for you. Some example library tasks include:
  • Shelving books
  • Straightening and organizing
  • Checking in
  • Checking out
  • Adding new books
 
If you’re interested in helping out, please contact us at library@urbandiscoveryacademy.com. We’ll work with your schedule and train you in whatever areas interest you.