Frequently Asked Questions

About the Library Media Center

How many books can students check out?

Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students check out one book at a time and first and second graders check out two books at a time after routines and procedures are solidly established. When a student joins the Birthday Book Club he or she may have an additional Birthday Book Club book for a week and second grade library helpers may also check out an additional book each week. It is expected that students return previously checked out books before choosing new ones.

For all grade levels, books are due on the next library day, which occurs approximately every seven days depending on the school calendar. On the morning of your child’s scheduled library day a library bin is placed in the classroom. Library helpers collect the bins before classes begin and return them to the library. 

If a student is late for school or forgets to put their books in the bin, the books should be brought to the media center and placed in the book drop during the scheduled class time or before classes begin on any school day.


If your child forgets his or her books on their library day, he or she may exchange books before classes begin on any day of the week between 8:10 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. by using the library pass in his or her classroom. 


Will students have to pay for an overdue book?

There are no fines for overdue books in the primary school, however, overdue notices will be sent home on a monthly basis, as will fine notices for lost, damaged, and/or missing books.  Please be sure to check your child's take home folder regularly! 

Can students renew a book?

Students wishing to renew their books should bring their books to library class and ask for a renewal. Most often this happens when a child did not get a chance to read their book or wishes to continue reading a longer chapter book.
What happens when a book is lost or damaged?

If a student loses or has misplaced a book, please send a note to the library media specialist. We will check the library shelves for the book, however, if we cannot locate it we will place the book in a lost or missing status on the student’s account. Once we have received acknowledgement of the lost or missing item and/or payment  from the parent, students will resume checking out books. 


Damaged books should be returned in person to the library media specialist. The library media specialist will send home a letter stating the replacement cost of the book.

What are the behavior expectations in the media center?

Students are encouraged to demonstrate the following media manners every time they visit the Library Media Center:

  • Watch the teacher and follow directions the first time given.
  • Raise your hand before you speak
  • Always use a shelfmarker to keep the shelves neat and tidy.
  • Good friends keep hands, feet, and objects to themselves.
  • Use your 6-inch voices at all times.
  • Walking feet will keep you safe.
If students do not follow the aforementioned media manners, one or more of the following consequences may result:

1. Verbal warning
2. Clip moved down on heart chart
3. Time Out
4. Behavior note sent home
5. Go to the office

How can parents volunteer in the library?

We welcome adult help with circulation, shelving books, laminating, copying, book processing, book repair, and so much more! If you would like to lend a hand in the library, please contact the library media specialist at 240-236-2811.