The West Jeff Middle Library is home to a few aquatic creatures and one terrestrial reptile. We currently have a jellyfish tank, a community fish tank, two red-eared slider turtles, a betta, and a bearded dragon. Stop by to say hi and check out a book!



The year before Mrs. Baker became our digital teacher-librarian, her Advise class organized a fundraiser to purchase a jellyfish tank. We keep one to three moon jellyfish in the tank (they have fairly short lifespans in captivity) and feed them a mix of de-encapsulated brine shrimp eggs and liquid invertebrate nutrients. Our tank, live jellyfish, and the food are from Jellyfish Art.


At the start of the 2016-17 school year, a 50-gallon fish tank was moved from a classroom to the library. A student with an interest in marine biology arranged with the library to set their annual ALP goal as caring for several freshwater crayfish during the school year. For the 2017-18 school year, the tank transitioned to a community fish tank with sunburst wagtail platys, transparent zebrafish, common goldfish, a Chinese algae eater, and a plecostomous. Students voted on the next addition, a group of neon tetras, and are currently voting on the next decoration for the tank.



A community member donated an 18-year-old female red-eared slider to the library in September 2016. Students suggested names and then voted on them; Pistachio had 40.2% of the votes with Tortuga in second place with 27.8% of the votes with 558 votes total. We improved her habitat by acquiring a larger 90-gallon tank, a canister filter, an LED light bar with daytime and nighttime light settings, a dual-bulb fixture with heat/UVA and UVB bulbs for the basking area, and a wave generator to provide current in the tank's water. A smaller approximately 7-year-old red-eared slider that had been up for adoption at a pet store for several weeks joined the tank in November 2016 and was promptly named Peanut.


We acquired a betta in fall 2017. Harry's tank, which also has an LED light bar with daytime and nighttime light settings, is in the back of the library by the reference section. The background of his tank is a coloring page of Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter Magical Places & Characters Postcard Coloring Book, ISBN 978-1338132946.

Bearded dragon

Bearded Dragon

A community member re-homed their approximately 7-year-old male bearded dragon to stay with the library in January 2018. Sherman Rex lives in a tank over by Lab 113. The background of his tank is a landscape of Tattooine done in pastel.

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