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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


Summer Reading Fun at Day-Riverside Library!

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Battle of the Books: 2023-24

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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 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: Across the Desert by Dusti Bowling
Adventure: Haven: A Small Cat’s Big Adventure by Megan Wagner Lloyd
Adventure: Jennifer Chan is Not Alone by Tae Keller
Fantasy: The Marvellers (Marvellerverse, Book 1) by Dhonielle Clayton
Fantasy: Odder by Katherine Applegate
Graphic Novel: The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza by Mac Barnett
Graphic Novel: Invisible by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
Graphic Novel: Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas
Historical Fiction: Iceberg by Jennifer Nielsen
Historical Fiction: The Lucky Ones by Linda Williams Jackson
Humor: Once Upon a Tim by Stuart Gibbs
Mystery: A Perfect Mistake by Melanie Conklin
Nonfiction: Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond
Nonfiction: The Great Stink: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London’s Poop Pollution Problem by Colleen Paeff
Realistic Fiction: Jennifer Chan is Not Alone by Tae Keller
Realistic Fiction: Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee
Realistic Fiction: Thirst by Varsha Bajaj
Scary: Tales to Keep You Up at Night by Dan Poblocki
Science Fiction: A Rover’s Story by Jasmine Warga
Sports: Falling Short by Ernesto


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


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Research Help

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Second Grade Readers