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Backman Library 2024

What books are in the library?

Look at the column to your right and click on "Library Catalog" under Book Links.  

Our Library Catalog is called "Destiny" and it will tell you every book we have here at Backman. It also has book descriptions and reading levels.

Go to this catalog to see if a book is checked "in" or "out". You can even place a hold on a book you want in the future.

Need more help? Watch the video below.

Can I read a book on a computer/phone?

Yes! Sora is the online library for Salt Lake City School District. It can be linked to Salt Lake City Public Library (Day-Riverside Branch), too! 


 The Sora app is available on both Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

  • setup code: saltlakeut 
  • sign in using your school credentials 

Watch the video below for more information on how to access Sora through a computer. 

What is Library Class?

All students at Backman have weekly library lessons provided by a certified teacher and endorsed Librarian. The lessons follow the state curriculum and revolve around three key topics: Reading Engagement, Media Literacy, and Information & Research. 

All students visit the library weekly for book check-out. 


Library Hours

Monday-Friday: 7:45 - 8:00 AM

Monday-Thursday: 2:30 - 3:00 PM

The Backman Library welcomes all students and community members. We have books in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Somali. 


Battle of the Books: 2024-25

Every year, SLCSD elementary students in 4th-6th grades are invited to read 20 fun titles. In the spring, students meet for a friendly competition against other schools.

We will have all 20 titles available for check-out here in the Backman Library. Students can also check out books at their local library, such as Day-Riverside, and on Sora, the online library. 

Check out the titles below. These diverse books are from a variety of genres. You're sure to find your next "all time favorite book" from this list!

Happy Reading!

Adventure: The Unforgettable Logan Foster by Shawn Peters
Fantasy: The Guardian Test by Christina Soontornvat
Graphic Novel: Squished by Megan Wagner Lloyd
Graphic Novel: Two Tribes by Emily Bowen Cohen
Historical Fiction: Bea and the New Deal Horse by Laura Elliott
Historical Fiction: The Lost Year by Katherine Marsh
Mystery: A Royal Conundrum by Lisa Yee
Mystery: The Curious Vanishing of Beatrice Willoughby by G.Z. Schmidt
Mystery: The Lost Library by Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass
Nonfiction: Hip-Hop: The Beat of America by Jarrett Williams
Nonfiction: Ice Cream Man: How Augustus Jackson Made a Sweet Treat Better by Glenda Armand
Nonfiction: Stars of the Night: the Courageous Children of the Czech Kindertransport by Caren Stelson
Nonfiction: The Story of the Saxophone by Lisa Cline-Ransome
Realistic: How to Stay Invisible by Maddie C. Rudd
Realistic: Something Like Home by Andrea Beatriz Arango
Realistic: The Fire, the Water, and Maudie McGinn by Sally J. Pla
Realistic: The Labors of Hercules Beal by Gary D. Schmidt
Spooky: The Cursed Moon by Angela Cervantes
Spooky: The Ghost of Spruce Point by Nancy Tandon
Spooky: The International House of Dereliction by Jacqueline Davies


Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship: 

Remember to think before you click, take breaks, and be kind and thoughtful to others. Click here to learn more about SLCSD's commitment to digital literacy and digital citizenship.


Educational Games and Tools: 


Mission Statement: 

Backman Library strives to...

... be a place where everyone is welcome, respected and accepted!

... encourage research and discovery through literature and technology.

... provide strong learning opportunities that develop the skills needed to gain knowledge about using information to connect with others, their communities, and the world.

... reflect, evaluate, and adapt to meet the needs of the various Backman students and school community.


Backman Policies:

Please view Library policies (book selection, computer usage, book requests, etc) in the documents below:

Library Disclosure English

Library Disclosure Spanish

Diana Bell

Diana Bell

Titles: School Librarian/Media Special
Locations: Backman Elementary
Departments: Backman Elementary
Kelly Dick

Kelly Dick

Titles: School Librarian/Media Special
Locations: Backman Elementary
Departments: Backman Elementary

Book Links

Library Catalog: Backman's Books


   Sora: Online Books


  (use code: nag1621)


Research Help

Backman Library Kiva
Backman Library Non Fiction
Backman Library Space