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Backman Library

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 Ms. Diana Bell or Ms. Kelly Dick who are certified teachers. 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


Battle of the Books: 2022-23

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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 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: Distress Signal by Mary E. Lambert
Adventure: Stuntboy, In the Meantime by Jason Reynolds
Fantasy: Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston
Fantasy: The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo
Fantasy: The Magical Imperfect by Chris Baron
Fantasy: Willodeen by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Charles Santoso
Graphic Novel: Chunky (Chunky, Book 1) by Yehudi Mercado
Graphic Novel: Tales of the Feathered Serpent 1, The Rise of the Halfling King by David Bowles
Historical Fiction: Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna by Alda P. Dobbs
Horror: No Place for Monsters by Kory Merritt
Humor: Double the Danger and Zero Zucchini by Betsy Uhrig
Humor: Fly on the Wall by Remy Lai
Realistic Fiction: Maya and the Robot by Eve Ewing
Realistic Fiction: The One Thing You'd Save by Linda Sue Park
Realistic Fiction: Stella by McCall Hoyle
Science Fiction: Glitch by Laura Martin
Sports Fiction: Becoming Muhammad Ali: A Novel by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander
Nonfiction: Bartali's Bicycle: The True Story of Gino Bartali, Italy's Secret Hero by Megan Hoyt
Nonfiction: Black Heroes of the Wild West by James Otis Smith
Nonfiction: Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper


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.


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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 this document. 

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Diana Bell

Diana Bell

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

Kelly Dick

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

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