Library Policies and Procedures
Mission Statement

The mission of The Hokes Bluff Elementary School Library is to provide an environment that ensures that students and staff can effectively access, process, and use ideas and information. The library media center strives to collect, organize, and facilitate access of information resources in many formats including current technological tools that enhance and reinforce the school curriculum. The library media center also strives to promote lifelong reading and learning both for pleasure and for information.

Philosophy

The Hokes Bluff Elementary School Library believes that a library media center should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. It is our responsibility to provide books and other library resources including technology that are of the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. The Hokes Bluff Elementary School Library provides a stimulating environment for students to use higher-order thinking skills, to become active and experiential learners, to discover, to create, to respect diverse ideas and beliefs and to become lifelong readers and learners.


Library Rules

1.RESPECT:

Patrons should always respect the rights, property, and responsibilities of themselves and of others. Students must use library materials and equipment with respect and care. All library materials should be returned to the proper place.

2.DO YOUR BEST:

Always try! Students are to work quietly and independently. If talking is necessary, a quiet voice that will not disturb others should be used at all times in the library media center. Students should exercise self-control while in the library media center (for example, no running or rough play).

3. BE WHERE YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO BE AND BE ON TIME:

Students are required to be responsible when coming from and returning to class. Students are responsible for keeping track of the time they are away from class.

DON’T FORGET:

  • AGREEMENTS ARE PART OF YOUR CHARACTER:

Students are required to follow all Technology / Internet user policies and procedures as referred to in the school handbook and established by the board of education.

  • NO FOOD, CANDY, OR DRINKS:

Gum, candy, food, drinks, tobacco products, etc. are not allowed in the library media center. Food, candy, and drinks are only allowed for special occasions as specified by the librarian.


Library Consequences for Broken Rules

Verbal Warning

Name assigned to "SAD Book"

Library privileges could be temporarily revoked (For example: student could be sent back to their classroom).

Homeroom teacher notified.

Parent(s) / Guardian(s) contacted.

A Student Discipline Referral form will be sent to the principal / assistant principal for disciplinary action when necessary.


Circulation Policies:

Check-Out Policy for Print Books/Materials :

Students in 1st-5th Grades may have 2 books/materials checked out at a time. Students in Kindergarten may have 1 book/material checked out at a time.

Books/Materials may be checked-out for 2 weeks / 10 school days

Reference materials may be checked-out as approved by library staff.

Check-Out Policy for Non Print Books/Materials:

Please see Mrs. Hannah for more information.

Lost and/or Damaged Materials :

Library patrons are responsible for all materials/books that they check-out from the library media center. In the event that a book/material is lost or damaged the book/material must be paid for. The cost of printed books is the current replacement value in library binding. Payment must be made in the library to Mrs. Hannah.


Library Media Center Schedule:

Library Media Center Hours:

8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

Closed for lunch

Please click here to view the library's schedule.

All students are allowed to check-out books/materials daily during their assigned or free time as permission is given by their classroom teachers.

At the beginning of the school year students will have library orientation. The library media center will not be open to students for circulation or use until students have completed library orientation.

Teachers and staff have full access to the library media center and all resources from the start of school until library inventory begins in May. If a teacher needs resources after inventory begins in May arrangements may be made with Mrs. Hannah.


changes to the Library Media Center Schedule:

All schedules are subject to change due to school wide conflicts and/or accommodations. Library patrons will be notified of any changes to the schedule as soon as they are known.

The teacher-librarian will notify school personnel of any schedule changes via e-mail and/or through morning announcements.

Your understanding and flexibility in working with the library staff during schedule changes is greatly appreciated.

Thank you!