The aim of the library at St. Joseph’s Academy is to provide information in various formats and to assist the members of the school community in efficiently accessing, critically evaluating, and creatively and ethically using that information.
Students are invited to come to the library to: • Research topics for assignments, • Study or do homework, • Find a quiet study place, • Relax and read a book, magazine, or newspaper.
The library is a special part of the learning environment, a place for investigation and research, for study, and for personal enrichment. The library’s collections support and enhance the curriculum with materials appropriate to varying abilities and interests, and the professional staff is available to assist all students in locating and using information resources.
The Library Collection
Use the online catalog to search the library catalog; it contains the records for all the books and magazines in the library. It is searchable by author, title, subject, keyword, call number, and series. It also provides reading lists and recommendations.
If the library does not have what you are looking for, please email Ms. Millikan with your suggestion. You can also make suggestions while in the library—there are purchase request slips or simply tell us what you want!
Genre of the Month: Historical Fiction
What is Historical Fiction?
Historical fiction encompasses any novel specifically set in the past. While there is some debate about how far in the past, it is generally accepted that the story needs to take place at least 25 years prior to the date of publication. The genre includes novels where the setting is historical and the characters are all fictional, as well as those in which some of the characters are actual historical figures. Good historical fiction accurately represents the time period with authentic details, language, perceptions, and actions.
What happens in teen Historical Fiction?
Often the plot will center on the main character's actions and reactions during a critical time in history. As the character develops into a person who makes important decisions, the results of his or her actions will bring about the resolution of the detailed situation.
Common themes and characteristics
The character's actions will be somewhat limited by the time period.
Period details and speech patterns will be authentic to time.
Mystery or fantasy subgenres will incorporate either an essential mystery to be solved or a magical element into the plot.
St. Joseph’s Academy is a private, Catholic high school for girls in St. Louis, Missouri, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Our mission is to provide quality Catholic education for young women in an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge, and respect for self and others. Our community expects these young women to make a profound impact in the world.