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Bondurant Library

The Bondurant Library serves as the hub of intellectual activity, fostering the pursuit of knowledge and the exchange of ideas by connecting the library to each student, teacher, classroom and discipline. While encouraging the love of reading, students are taught to become effective and discriminating users of information and to develop strategies for lifelong learning.

Library Hours

Library Hours

Mon - Thurs : 7:15 AM - 4:15 PM 

Fridays : 7:15 AM - 4:00 PM

Holidays and early dismissals may affect hours of operation.

Policies

LOAN PERIODS

Materials are generally loaned for a two-week period unless otherwise directed by Library staff. Videos, DVDs, magazines  and reference materials only circulate to teachers and staff. 

  • PreK - 2nd graders can check out 1 book every week if they have turned in previously checked out books. *2nd graders will check out two books in January. 
  • 3rd-5th graders are allowed 2 books at a time. 
  • 6th-8th graders are allowed 3 books at a time. 

FINES

The library levies a fine of 25 cents per day for overdue materials. Fines apply to 3rd - 8th graders. Fines are calculated for actual school days that school is in session, not for weekends or school holidays. If a student's fine reaches $5.00, he will not be able to check out a book until the fine is paid. 

LOST AND/OR DAMAGED MATERIALS

Students are charged for materials lost or damaged while loaned to them. If the title is later found and returned, the replacement cost for the material is refunded. 

COMPUTER AND INTERNET USAGE 

Students may use the library computers and the Internet with the provision that all provision that all procedures that govern the use of technology in other areas of The Academy  are also followed in the library. 

*A copy machine is located in the library for student use. 

Makerspace

Makerspace is a creative place for students to explore, learn, and share resources and knowledge. Materials, tools, and various technologies are provided to encourage hands-on activities and self-directed learning. 

A possible range of activities might include: 

  • Cardboard construction or origami
  • Little Bits
  • Keva Contraptions
  • Legos
  • Magnets
  • Computer Coding
  • 3D Printing 

Makerspace is in the library everyday from 7:15 -7:45 AM Monday and Thursday as well as on Friday from 3:30 - 4:15 PM. 

Citing Sources Links

Databases

Book Fair

Fall Book Fair: November 19 - November 22. Book order forms were mailed the week of October 29th.  Download form here
 
Click here to fill out form online
 
 

Bluebonnet Award

Texas Bluebonnet Award Master list 2019 -2020

 

The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle

A determined 12-year-old girl bikes across the country in this quirky and charming debut middle grade novel.

The Boo-Boos That Changed the World: A True Story about an Accidental Invention (Really!)

Did you know Band-Aids were invented by accident?! And that they weren't mass-produced until the Boy Scouts gave their seal of approval?

The Cardboard Kingdom

This graphic novel follows a neighborhood of kids who transform ordinary cardboard into fantastical homemade costumes as they explore conflicts with friends, family, and their own identity.

Captain Superlative

Janey-quick to stay in the shadows-can't resist the urge to uncover the truth behind the mask. The answer pulls invisible Janey into the spotlight and leads her to an unexpected friendship with a superhero like no other.


 

Crown: An Ode to a Fresh Cut

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut is a high-spirited, engaging salute to the beautiful, raw, assured humanity of black boys and how they see themselves when they approve of their reflections in the mirror.

The Dragon Slayer: Folktales From Latin America

How would a kitchen maid fare against a seven-headed dragon? What happens when a woman marries a mouse? And what can a young man learn from a thousand leaf cutter ants? 

El Chupacabras

A long time ago, a girl named Carla lived on a goat farm with her father, Hector. One night, a goat disappeared from the farm and turned up flat as a pancake. Only one creature could do that--El Chupacabras, the goatsucker!

Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams

Six days a week they awoke before the sun came up to practice their serves and returns, to learn to run faster and hit harder. They were unstoppable. At age fourteen, Venus played her first professional match. Three years later, it was Serena’s turn. It wasn’t easy.


 

Ghost Boys

Jewell Parker Rhodes deftly weaves historical and socio-political layers into a gripping and poignant story about how children and families face the complexities of today's world

Harbor Me

Six kids with very different life experiences narrate Harbor Me, award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson's powerful and timely novel.

The Magic Misfits

When street magician Carter runs away, he never expects to find friends and magic in a sleepy New England town. But like any good trick, things change instantly as greedy B.B. Bosso and his crew of crooked carnies arrive to steal anything and everything they can get their sticky fingers on.

Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring

A room locked for fifty years. A valuable peacock ring. A mysterious brother-sister duo. Paloma Marquez is traveling to Mexico City, birthplace of her deceased father, for the very first time. She's hoping that spending time in Mexico will help her unlock memories of the too-brief time they spent together.


 

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning. She doesn't remember it, but it changed her life forever. The zap gave her genius-level math skills, and ever since, Lucy has been homeschooled. Now, at 12 years old, she's technically ready for college. She just has to pass 1 more test--middle school!

Mr. Gedrick and Me

Stanley Darrow isn’t sure what to expect when the mysterious Mr. Gedrick appears on his doorstep. He is certain, however, that his family could use Mr. Gedrick’s help: Their lives—and their house—have been a mess since Stanley’s dad died.

Rebound 

Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves. In this prequel to Newbery Medal winner The Crossover, Chuck Bell takes center stage, as readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshiping, basketball star his sons look up to.

Saving Winslow

Louie doesn't have the best luck when it comes to nurturing small creatures. So when his father brings home a sickly newborn mini donkey, he's determined to save him. He names him Winslow. Taking care of him helps Louie feel closer to his brother, Gus, who is far, far away in the army.


 

Shadow Weaver

Emmeline's gift of controlling shadows has isolated her from the rest of the world. But she's content to live tucked away in her mansion home with her only friend and companion, her own shadow, Dar. Disaster strikes when a noble and his family visit and offer to cure Emmeline of magic.

Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School

Sassy and Waldo are good dogs. They spend the day keeping their house safe. Has a squirrel ever gotten inside? No! But every day their boy, Stewart, comes home from this terrible place called school smelling like anxiety and looseleaf paper. Sassy and Waldo decide to save Stewart. But they don't let dogs into school. So Sassy and Waldo decide to get creative.

Watchdog

Thirteen-year-old twins Vick and Tara have built an incredible machine—a loyal robotic watchdog named Daisy. But, when local crime boss Ms. Alba schemes to add Daisy to her robot army, Vick and Tara must go to great lengths to protect their prized pet. Because Daisy is more than just any robot—she’s their constant protector, and together the three make a great team.

Wishtree

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"―people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experience as a wishtree is more important than ever.

Meet the Staff

ELIZABETH SNOW
LIBRARIAN

210.733.7331 x 223
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Elizabeth has worked in the Bondurant Library since 2010. Along with her teaching experience, she has a Master's degree in Education with a specialization in Reading and a Master's degree in Library Science.


JANE KERNAGHAN
COORDINATOR OF BOOK ACQUISITIONS

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Jane has worked at San Antonio Academy since 1991, first as a reading teacher for grades four, five, and six and now as Coordinator of Book Acquisitions in the library. With over 40 years of classroom experience she has taught in both public and private schools in grades Pre-K through 8 in Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, and Texas as well as in an American school near Tokyo, Japan. While teaching in the AHISD she was selected as a Graduate Scholar for the Masters program in Education at Trinity University.

 

SAA Museum

Located in the mezzanine level of the Academy's Bondurant Library, the Museum offers diverse historical exhibits that provide a vivid glimpse into the past. 

 

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Book Award Links

Randolph Caldecott 

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. 


Coretta Scott King 

Designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience. Further, the Award encourages the artistic expression of the black experience via literature and the graphic arts in biological, social, and historical treatments by African American authors and illustrators. 


Lone Star Reading List 

Following the success of the Bluebonnet program for third through sixth grades, the Young Adult Round Table decided to investigate the creation of a state-wide reading incentive program for middle schoolers. The committee chose to create a recommended reading list rather than an award. The first Lone Star list was presented at the 1990 Annual Conference. The pilot was considered a great success and was accepted by the TLA Executive Board as a standing committee in 1992. 


John Newbery Medal 

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. 


Texas 2 x 2 Reading List 

The 2X2 Committee's charge is to produce a t list of 20 recommended books for children, age two to grade two. The 2X2 Reading List is a project of the Children's Round Table, a unit of the Texas Library Association. Texas Library Association sponsors the 2X2 Reading List  solely to encourage free voluntary reading. 


Texas Bluebonnet Award 

Texas Bluebonnet Award is a unique program that encourages reading for pleasure and is aimed at students in grades 3-6. Each year, 20 books are chosen as the "Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List" by the TBA selection committee. If students read a minimum of five books from the current master list (or have the books read aloud to them), they have the opportunity to vote for their favorite title during the month of January each year. The author the book receiving the most votes statewide is declared the winner of the Texas Bluebonnet Award.