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A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up children without surrounding them with books.... Children learn to read being in the presence of books.
— Horace Mann (1796-1859)
The mission of the library media program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. This mission is accomplished:
* by providing intellectual and physical access to materials in all formats
* by providing instruction to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing, and using ideas and information
* by working with other educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students.
From: Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning
By the American Association of School Librarians (1998)
Library Media Center Circulation Policy
Students in grades four and five visit the library media center once per week. Each child is permitted to have a total of three books checked out to his/her name for independent reading. Students may also have additional books checked out for use in their respective reading groups.
Overdue notices are sent to the classrooms every week. If a child has a book (or books) on the overdue list, his/her borrowing privileges will be suspended until the overdue books have been returned. If the overdue books are not returned after two weeks, parents will be notified by telephone and/or letter.
If a child loses a book, we expect that the student will pay to replace the book within a reasonable period of time. Also, if a book is damaged by a student and the book cannot be circulated to other students because of its condition, it is the responsibility of the student to reimburse the library so that a new copy may be purchased.
Accelerated Reader Program
Accelerated Reader has been an integral part of the fifth grade reading program for over ten years. This reading incentive program allows students to accumulate points as they read and take computerized tests on a variety of books. Prizes are awarded at various intervals; top prize winners can earn a place on the plaque of honor which hangs on the wall of Library Media Center.
This year we have expanded Accelerated Reader to include the fourth grade. However, the program is organized differently than the fifth grade program. Students will read AR books and take computerized tests and contribute points for the homeroom. Rewards will be given to the homeroom when the class reaches specific goals each marking period. Fourth grade students will be asked to increase independent reading time through out the school year.