1) Who are the library staff?
2) What are the standards that guide us as we work with children?
3) When may my child come to the library?
4) What will my child do in the library?
5) What are the checkout procedures and due dates?
6) What is the policy for lost, damaged or overdue books?
7) How may my child use computers?
8) Is there a role in the library for parents? (There sure is!)
1) Q Who are the library staff?
A Mrs. Elizabeth Waterbury, Library Media Specialist
2) Q What are the standards that guide us as we work with children?
A Library media specialists are guided by the Albemarle County Library Media Handbook.
The Albemarle County Media Center program aims to:
Integrate the instruction in the classrooms with that of the library media center
Provide a selection of appropriate materials to meet the needs and abilities of all students
Promote lifelong reading and learning
Provide learning experiences that encourage users to become discriminating consumers and skilled creators of information
Provide a facility that functions as the information center of the school
Provide intellectual and physical access to materials in all formats
Provide leadership, instruction, and consultation in the use of instructional and informational technology
3) Q When may my child come to the library?
A Every day! Access to the library is intended to be as flexible as we can make it. Time is scheduled each day when students may visit the Library and check-out books with their teacher's permission.
4) Q What will my child do in the library?
A The library is an activity-filled place! It is meant to be the information hub of our school and a place where children learn to love books and reading.
Primary students, in a weekly library session, hear stories and book talks, learn to find their favorite sections in the library, learn about great books, authors, and illustrators, understand how the library staff can help them locate their favorites, learn the parts of a book, beginning location skills, beginning research strategies, and other literacy skills as described in the Library Media Handbook.
Students in grades 3-5 hear great stories and book talks, and learn the skills to become competent researchers and critical and creative users of information. They use a variety of books, audiovisuals, and software: encyclopedia, almanac, thesaurus, atlas, Internet browsers, online information resources, webbing and authoring software, word processor, graphic programs, spreadsheets and databases.
5) Q What are the checkout procedures and due dates?
A Our procedures are designed to keep our books in the hands of readers and not collecting dust bunnies under the bed. An important way we keep books circulating is to ask children with overdue items to return those items before checking out more.
Children who forget to return items on their library day or who have overdues will be invited to choose an item to place in our SAVE box. We will hold the item for them for one week. We also have some guidelines about the number of items each grade level may check out.
As children mature, their privileges increase (we are flexible when children have special needs and assigned projects).
6) Q What is the policy for lost, damaged or overdue books?
A If a student has a lost, damaged or overdue book on their Library record, they will be unable to borrow Library materials until one of the following occurs:
Generally, books are not "lost" they are misplaced. If a student believes a book is lost, we send a letter home notifying parents and asking that they sign a promissory note. This states that they understand if the book does not turn up by the end of the school year, they will agree to pay for a replacement. Once we have this note, the child's borrowing privileges are restored.
When a book is returned with substantial damage, parents are notified and asked to pay for the book or provide a replacement. Once this is done, the damaged book becomes their property and the child's borrowing privileges are restored.
When a book is overdue we do not charge fines however, the student will loose their borrowing privileges until the book is returned or a signed promissory note is brought to the Library.
7) Q How may my child use computers?
A In the library, the catalog is online, and instruction in its use is taught in grades 1-5. The library website has portal links to the county’s paid-for databases (i.e. Online encyclopedias), safe searches, coding websites, story websites, internet safety websites, and other useful links. The school uses 3 carts of 25 macbook Airs, and 1-1 Lenovo laptops in 3rd-5th grade (beginning in the 2017-2018 school year).
8) Q Is there a role in the library for parents? (There sure is!)
A We always need volunteers, and there are many ongoing and special-event jobs:
Our ongoing jobs:
* Weekly check-out moms or dads (come to a weekly primary library class and check out books on the computer and do some shelving for us)
* morning checkout time for primary students (8-8:30 each morning or any morning)
* Anytime shelving (we keep putting those books on the shelf, and children just keep checking them out!) * Straightening shelves (kindergarteners like to take the book out here and put it back over there)
* Processing books (applying spine labels, barcodes, and mylar covers; we will give you some (easy--no kidding!) training.
Special event or project jobs:
* Book Fair! We hold an annual Scholastic Book Fair in October meant to motivate reading and earn funds for the library. You could: _ help us set up before the fair (unpack boxes, make displays, put up decorations and posters) _ help us take down after the fair (undo all the above) _ man the cash desk during the day or at our family night event _ help with our accounting _ record children's "wish lists" during the first two preview days at the fair