Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Windows and Mirrors DDSD: About Windows and Mirrors

Windows and Mirrors

“Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of a larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books.” ― Rudine Sims Bishop

This collection promotes books that authentically and realistically portray the diversity of all students, from both historical and contemporary perspectives. In addition to titles featuring a diverse range of multicultural characters and authors, books about socio-economic struggles, LGBTQ+ issues, and characters with disabilities and mental health issues are also included.

Rudine Sims Bishop

The Hill We Climb

Borrowing limits and collection information

All students and staff in David Douglas School District have access to our collection of ebooks and audiobooks in Sora. Student users are automatically assigned an access level in Sora based on grade level. 

To login- Select David Douglas School District or enter code ddsdor at the bottom of the page. You will be asked to enter your school email, then your 6 digit student ID as username and 8-digit date of birth for password. Open the explore tab on bottom toolbar to search.

  • Students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 have access to books assigned the Juvenile access level. 
  • Students in Grades 6 to 8 also have access to books assigned the Young Adult access level. 
  • Students in Grades 9 to 12 and faculty at all schools also have access to books assigned the Adult access level. 

Users can borrow up to 3 titles at a time. Users can place holds on up to 3 titles at a time. 

Sora does not send notifications or reminders to users outside of the app or website, so users should log in to Sora frequently to check whether a hold is ready for them to borrow. Digital books are automatically returned on their due dates.

Content in Sora is selected, purchased, and assigned to specific access levels and collections by library media specialists and publisher recommendations.  As with all library materials, parents should monitor students' reading.

Sora Help  The Sora Help page provides a menu of step-by-step instructions for all the features of Sora, as well as tips for solving problems.

Sora can also be used on phones and tablets by downloading the free Sora App. Sora App users will be able to see all titles. If a user tries to borrow a book that is restricted by content level, the checkout won't be completed and the user will get an error message. 

 

What is Sora?

Read Books on Sora

DDSD Library Services Windows & Mirrors Bookshelf