Students are encouraged to check out at least one book at their reading level. We strive to teach students to be independent reading consumers and encourage students to make appropriate choices. Please keep in mind that we provide literature and learning materials that represent a diversity of experiences, opinions and social and cultural perspectives as well as a wide range of subjects and reading levels. If you are uncomfortable with the reading level or content of the books your child is bringing home to read, please discuss this with your child, and let him/her know your expectations.Book CheckoutStudents in grades 3-5 check out books during their media class once a cycle.
Students in K-2 grades check out books twice a cycle period: once during media class, and again a week later with their classroom teacher.
Open Checkout: Students in grades 3-5 may exchange library books during designated "open check out" times each day. Students should check the schedule that is posted in every classroom and in the media center for the available times.Check Out Period: The check out period is generally 1 week; since grades 3-5 only check out during media class, their period is longer.
Amout of Books Checked Out at One Time
Kindergarten & 1st Grade: 1 book
2nd grade: 2 books, one of which can be a magazine
3-5 grades: 3 books, one of which can be a magazine
*As research projects come up, students are allowed to check out more books if needed.
Book Check Out RestrictionsSome materials have restrictions on their check-out period or quantity and the students are informed of this. (e.g. only 1 from a series, reference materials, etc.)Students with any overdue materials will not be able to check out any new materials.
Book Returns Procedure
When students are finished with their library book, we ask that they return it as they finish, and not wait until their next check out time. This makes the books available for others to read and keeps the books circulating instead of waiting in a desk or backpack. Each classroom has a basket that students put their book returns in. A student is assigned the task of returning the books to the library every morning or after school. Students can also just drop their books off at the library when they are finished with them.Renewing BooksStudents may renew a book up to three times as long as no one is waiting for it. The book must be physically returned to renew it. Students are asked to place a renewal note in or on the book with their name on it, and place it in the classroom return basket. It will be renewed and students can pick up their renewed books that day or at check out. Students can also renew books at the open library times.Overdue Books
Student are not fined for overdue materials. However, check out privileges will be suspended until the book or books are either returned or paid for. When a book has been overdue for a period of 3 weeks or more, it is considered "lost" and a "lost book" fine will be assessed. We alert students at each check out time if they have any overdue materials. The teachers are also informed. As well as verbal reminders, other written reminders or bills may be sent home.
Lost or Damaged BooksWe do not charge or penalize students for minor damages (rips, a little bit of water, a little writing in book, etc.). Books that have been lost or damaged beyond reasonable repair will be assessed a "lost" or "damaged book" fee.Library materials are the property of the school and are loaned to students. Fines for excessive damage or lost books are assessed by the media specialist and families are responsible for payment of these fines. If a lost book is found in good condition and returned during the current school year, a refund will be given.
Reading is more enjoyable and pleasant when we have a lot of variety to choose from, the books are easily available, and the books are in good condition. Out of respect for all readers, please help your child be a responsible book borrower by taking good care of their books and returning them on time.