Library Policies

Library Policies

Hours:
7:30am – 3:05pm Monday to Friday
The library is open and available throughout the school day. Students are encouraged to come often. K-4 classes come once a week as a class. Grades 5-8 classes come every two weeks or as scheduled during their literature class. Classes may schedule additional time in the library as time allows.

Students may come as often as they like to check out. . All students may come in daily as their teachers allow them time out of the classroom. WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO HELP STUDENTS FIND NEEDED MATERIALS

Every attempt is made to keep the library open during school hours. In case the library is not open and students wish to return materials, they should be kept in the student's desk until the library reopens. DO NOT LEAVE MATERIALS OUTSIDE THE LIBRARY DOOR.

Circulation / Checkout:

Books and audio books are checked out for 2 weeks; magazines for 1 week. Reference materials must remain at school. Students are encouraged to return books as soon as they are done with them and check out more books.

Students are responsible for being sure their library materials have been properly checked out . Materials may only be removed from the library when the librarian, assistant, or a teacher is present. Students are responsible for any overdue, lost, or damaged materials checked out in their name.
Before checking out materials, students should check them and report any damage to the librarian. Damaged materials should not be removed from the library.

All materials must be returned to the library only. Materials should be placed carefully in the book bin marked 'BOOK RETURN".

Limits:

In an effort to make popular books available for more patrons, we limit the check out to "no two of a kind"... one of a series, one of award winners, one of the same topic (unless it is for a report), one magazine.

K - checks out one book for one week. Students must return a book to check out a new one. This helps to develop responsibility to return books in a timely manner. At this level emphasis is also on book care. Second semester students may check out up to two books.

1st Grade check out 1 book for the first quarter, then two books: one fiction, one non-fiction.
2nd Grade check out 2 books for first quarter, then up to three books at least one fiction and one non-fiction.
3rd Grade check out up 3 books for first semester, then up to four books at least one fiction and one non-fiction.
4th - 8th Grade check out up to four books at least one fiction and one non-fiction.

Fines
There are no fines for late materials. We ask only that items be returned. We do ask for lost or damaged materials to be replaced.

Overdues:

Students will generally be informed during their library visit of any materials that are currently checked out to them. When books are more than 2 weeks overdue, notices will go to student homeroom. Parents are notified by email when materials are four weeks overdue.
Lost or Damaged books must be paid for with the replacement cost of getting a new copy with library binding.

If students have outstanding overdues or fees they may not checkout, until parents have been notified. If a lost book is found during the same school year, lost book cost will be refunded. After the end of school we order replacements therefore no refunds after the school year has ended.

BOOK CARE:
Students should have a place safe from pets and very young children in which to keep materials at home.
Having books in a special place will help students develop responsibility to return materials to the library on time.
Help your child learn to treat their books gently and turn pages with care.
When weather is bad, students should have some protective bag in which to carry library materials.


Collection Quality

Our focus is on having a quality collection. Titles are within guidelines for age and quality. We regularly go through the books and materials and pull outdated information or titles that are no longer working with our curriculum or meet the needs of students.

Focusing on the quantity of materials will not improve the overall quality. Having books which are unworthy diminishes the collection as a whole by diluting the impact of the most useful materials. We strive to have titles within suggested guidelines for age and quality.

Weeding

Items become worn or out of date or no longer appropriate for curriculum or student interests. To keep the library responsive to user’s needs.

Weeding Criteria

Misleading and or factually inaccurate
Ugly (worn out- poor physical condition, colors faded, poor formatting)
Susperseded by a new edition, a second copy, or a better source
Trivial (poor content, of no discernable literacy or scientific merit)
Irrelevant to the needs and interests of community
Elsewhere (updated material may be easily borrowed from another source)

Additional criteria to consider:
Condition
Age
Frequency of use
Mulitiple copies
Currency/ accuracy

What NOT to Weed:
Classics, except when more attractive format is available
Local and State History unless it can be replaced with new copies
Items included in currently used indexes.

Okay now what? … decide whether it is shelf worthy

Keep- take a second look and re-evaluate again. Mark on fly if perhaps in next weed this should be weeded and why it is kept. . If it is still relevant I start by booktalking it to students/ staff to see if I can increase the circulation rate.
Keep but mend- if it can be saved by mending/ repairing the book without undue time and money to mend.
Replace- decide whether this title/ copy must be replaced or simply removed
Discard - Offer discards to teachers who may use the materials for their curriculum area. After the teachers have had the opportunity to take books for school or personal use we allow students to take books. Then we offer the books to charity organizations ie: books for Ethiopia, shelters for homeless, battered women shelters, homes for children, or other worthy organizations.

So what do I look for in books we do add to the collection?

Collection Development Criteria
Accuracy
Appeal
Appropriateness
Currency
Relevance
Need
Format
Curriculum

Please contact the library if you should have any questions.

Thanks for your help!