Library Circulation Hours:
Circulation Policies & General Procedures:
Students may return books at any time. Besides designated times for a class lesson and checkout time, students may check out books during open check out times (TBD). They are not limited to visiting the library on the day their class is scheduled for a lesson/check-out. Preschool and Kindergarten students may check out one book at a time. First and second grade students may check out two books at a time. Third, fourth and fifth grade students may check out three books at a time. Students will be permitted to check out more books at a time if needed for a class assignment.
A great amount of time and consideration are spent when selecting books for our school library. Our growing collection supports the curriculum in every grade level. It is imperative that library books be returned in a timely manner so that other students and teachers can benefit from borrowing books. In order for our collection to continue to grow, the books must be returned and cared for properly. If a book is damaged beyond repair or lost, it is necessary to collect payment so that we can replace it. If a lost book is found after submitting payment, the student will be refunded as long as the library has not yet purchased a new copy of the book. For school auditing reasons, refunds can only be granted within the same school year as the payment.
Under certain circumstances, students will not be denied a book if they have not returned their library books or paid for them. However, students will not be able to take any more library books home with them until they return or pay for the missing books. Instead, they will keep their books on their teacher’s desk (or other designated space in the classroom) to read during the school day.
We encourage students to select “just right” books in the library. A “just right” book is not too easy and not too hard for a student to read independently – it’s just right! Students should follow the “five finger rule” when determining if a book is just right or not. When reading a page in the book, students start counting tricky words or words they do not know on their hand. When they get to five tricky words, then they know the book is not just right for them. Of course, they must also be able to comprehend what they’re reading, even if they don’t have any tricky words. While we do our best to help each student select appropriate books, we cannot always check every student during every library visit. As we discuss with students, they should be a SHARK in the library, just as they should in every part of their school day. Selecting just right books, taking care of books, and participating in library lessons are just a few of the ways that students can be a SHARK (make Smart choices, be Helpful, Achieve, be Responsible, and be Kind).
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Mrs. Jacobson, Librarian. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by calling her at school, 571-252-2380.