In order to check out a book, students must have permission from home and take responsibility for lost or damaged books. A permission form is located in the front of each students agenda or from the library. NO STUDENT WILL BE ALLOWED TO CHECK OUT UNTIL WRITTEN PERMISSION IS RECEIVED IN THE LIBRARY.
Kindergarten students do not check out books the first semester. Books are provided to the teacher for classroom use. Students may begin checking out books from the Easy section second semester depending on their teacher.
1st grade students may select 1 book for check out and 2nd through 4th grade students may select 2 books for check out the first 9 weeks. Beginning the second 9 weeks, 1st grade students may select 2 books and 2nd through 4th grade students may select 3 books. Books are checked out for a 2 week period and may be renewed for an additional 2 weeks if needed as long as no other student is waiting for the book.
Students may check out and return books during their library rotation time or during open check out times. Students in all grades attend library classes as part of a seven day rotation.
Staff may check out as many books or materials as needed. Items checked out are due back by the end of the year.
I believe students should be free to select books that interest them. If a student wishes to learn about snakes or dinosaurs, I will attempt to guide him/her to an appropriate level book on that subject. First grade students begin check out in the Easy section of the library and add additional genres throughout the school year. Second through fourth grade students are welcome to select books from all sections of the library so they can enjoy various types of literature.
Students in first through fourth grade are encouraged to select one or two books they can read independently and one they would like to have read to them. We spend time discussing books for independent reading, exploring books by various authors and illustrators, and using the "five finger test" to judge the readability of a book. We also involve our students in the Accelerated Reader program which encourages reading at their current proximal level of independent reading.
If your child selects a book which they do not like, or one which you do not like, or feel is appropriate, please return the book the next day and select another. If your child consistently makes selections which you feel are inappropriate, please feel free to contact me.
We do not charge a fine for overdue books. Overdue notices are sent out on a routine basis, usually each nine weeks. Students with an overdue book or books may not check out additional books until the overdue items are returned. If you notice your child is not bringing home new books, please ask if a book is considered lost or overdue. Sometimes, you send the book back, but it does not make it to the library.
A bill will be sent for lost books, if the items are not returned by the end of each semester. Books may not be kept out over the Christmas or summer holidays. I attempt to instill a sense of responsibility for the library and its books. This means students are responsible for caring for books, using a bookmark, and renewing and returning books on time, so others may borrow them.
Students who do not return items at the end of year will not be allowed to participate in end of year library celebrations. Their report card will also be held in the office if necessary.
Accidents happen! Puppies chew (usually new) books, juice containers leak in backpacks, younger siblings use them for creative art projects, and books get left outside. Most children are responsible and if a book becomes accidentally damaged, we stress the responsibility to report and, if necessary, to replace a book which gets damaged while in a student's care.
If a book page accidentally rips, please do not attempt to repair it at home. We use special book tapes and glue, which resist heat and won't discolor. Return the book with a note and we will gladly repair it.
If a book becomes damaged beyond use, you will be billed for the replacement cost. Most of our books are library editions, meant to take heavy use, and not the trade editions sold in bookstores. A notice will be sent home with your child to inform you of the replacement cost. Students with damaged/lost book fees may not check out additional books until the fees are paid.
Returned Checks: In addition to what is outlined in the handbook, returned checks written for library related fees/activities will result in the loss of library privileges for the student until the check and associated fees have been paid in full.
The mission of the school Media Center is for everyone to become independent critical thinkers. This is done by utilizing the library to the fullest, whether it is for checking out materials, working on projects, using the facilities for testing, or for small group instruction.