Library Media Center

Policies and Procedures:

  • Students will visit the library two times per month with their Language Arts teacher.
  • The library is open for student use from 7:25 A.M. until 2:45 P.M. each school day.
  • Students may use the library during the school day with written permission from their classroom teacher.
  • Students using the library should be prepared with all needed materials, such as assignments, paper, and pen or pencil.


Circulation Policies:

  • Materials must checked out at the circulation desk before being taken from the library.
  • Students are responsible for all library materials checked out in their name.
  • Students may check out three books.
  • Reference books and periodicals are used for instructional purposes in the library media center.
  • Books may be returned to the library any time during regular school hours.
  • Books are checked out for two weeks and may be renewed one time if other students do not need the book for class assignments or projects.
  • Although there are no overdue fines, students with overdue books may not check out another book until the overdue book or books are returned.
  • Students may place one book one reserve.


Lost Books:

  • Students will be asked to pay for lost or damaged books.  A book is considered damaged if it is beyond repair.
  • Students will be asked to pay the full replacement cost for a lost book.


Computer Rules:

  • Students must have signed and returned the Internet Acceptable Use Policy in order to use the computer.
  • Students may use the Internet only for research purposes.  Students may not check personal e-mail, play recreational games, use instant messaging, or visit chat rooms.
  • Since there is only one printer, students must ask permission before printing.


Tips to Encourage Reading  


Show your children that you value reading.   Have a book-filled house.  Go to the library.  Spend time reading yourself.


Look for things your children might like to read.  Use their interests and hobbies as starting points.  Leave all sorts of reading materials including books, magazines, and colorful catalogs in conspicuous places around your home.


Limit your children's TV viewing in an effort to make time for other activities, such as reading.

Make sure your children read every day.  Reading is a skill. Like other skills, it gets better with practice. Researchers have found that children who spend at least 30 minutes a day reading for fun - whether they read books, newspapers, or magazines - develop the skills to be better readers at school.


Sometimes movies are a great starting point for reading. If your child sees a movie that is based on a book, encourage them to read the book and talk with you about the similarities and differences between the two. You might be surprised when they like the book better.


Don't worry if your children have times in their lives when they don't read.   Most children have times when other interests or commitments intrude.  They'll go back to reading when they have more time and energy for it.



Library SOL Objectives


Sixth Grade

6.1  The student will use the card catalog to locate entries on a specific topic.

6.2  The student will identify retrieval tools available in other locations.

6.3  The student will use the index to a set of encyclopedias.

6.4  The student will identify and use a cross  reference.

6.5  The student will use a periodical index to locate an article on a given topic.

6.6  The student will identify and use the vertical file to locate information on a given topic.

6.7  The student will select and use appropriate reference sources to answer specific questions.


Seventh Grade

7.1  The student will identify and use annotations on catalog entries and in bibliographies to aid in selecting library materials.

7.2  The student will recognize the importance of taking notes from a variety of written, oral, and audiovisual materials.

7.3  The student will acknowledge copyright laws.

7.4  The student will identify various types of fiction.

7.5  The student will identify and use special indexes.


Eighth Grade

8.1  The student will recognize the scope and methods of retrieving information from newspapers.

8.2  The student will use a variety of materials for research, making a distinction between primary and secondary sources.

8.3  The student will identify sources of career information.