• Book Exchange Policies

     
    Bookworm

    Welcome to the library! Your child will be visiting the library once a week for 40 minutes (30 minutes for kindergarten).  During that time there will be a period of time for "book exchange". This is when he or she will select a book or books to be checked out and taken home. At the beginning of the school year we go over the book exchange policy with the students.  Here are the frequently asked questions (FAQ's) by students and parents:

      

    Book Exchange Policy FAQ's 

     
    How many books can I check out?

    Kindergarten students are permitted to take home one book for personal reading per week. Students in 1st and 2nd grade are permitted to take home two books. Third grade through 6th grade students may check out three books. Materials will be signed out for one week, but students may keep a book longer by renewing it. Students who wish to renew materials must still bring their book with them to book exchange. We will not renew a book unless we see the book. They can place it in the "renew" pile on the circulation desk and may then take the book home for another week. Students may also use the library in the morning before classes begin to return, renew, or look for new materials.

     

    What if I forget my books on "library day"? 

    The first thing we try to instill in our students is that it is "their" responsibility to remember their books. Having said that, our younger students clearly need reminders and remembering "library day" is still a new concept.  We understand how crazy life can be sometimes so, we will send home a bookmark early in the year with your child's "library day" on it.  This way while you are reading with them, or they are independently reading, the bookmark will be a gentle reminder.
    • Kindergarten - Students in kindergarten are permitted to take home one book each week during book exchange. If a kindergarten student forgets to bring his/her book to library the following week, they will NOT be able to take home another book until previous materials are returned. Students in kindergarten may never have more than one book checked out at any given time unless they have special permission or are working on a project. 

       

    • 1st & 2nd Grade - Students in 1st and 2nd grade are permitted to take home two books each week during library book exchange. If they forget both of their library books they will NOT be permitted to take home any more materials until their previous materials are returned. Students in 1st and 2nd grade may never have more than two books checked out at any given time unless they have special permission or are working on a project.

       

    • 3rd – 6th Grades – Students in these grades are permitted to take home three books each week during our book exchange.  If they forget all of their library books they will NOT be permitted to take home any more materials until their previous materials are returned. Students in 3rd through 6th grade may never have more than three books checked out unless they have special permission or are working on a research project.

       

    Do I have to pay a fine if my books are late?

    We do not charge weekly fines for late books.  However, we do send home informal reminders if your child continues to forget his/her library book(s). If the problem persists, you may receive a more formal reminder through a phone call or letter.   

     

    What if I accidentally damage or lose my book?
     
    Again, we discuss with the students proper book care procedures at the beginning of the year and again mid-way through the year.  However, accidents will happen.  It's a fact of life.  
     
    Please bring any damaged book to the library as soon as the accident occurs.  No one at the library will be angry at a student for damaging a book. Depending on the severity of the damage we may be able to fix the book.

    Unfortunately, any student who loses a book or who damages a book beyond repair is expected to pay the replacement cost of the book. As a guideline, the average cost of a hardback book is $18.00 some are slightly more, some are slightly less.  If you should find your child's lost  book within one-month of paying for it, please return the book (in good shape) to the library for a full refund.

     
    These procedures in place because we believe that it helps students learn the importance of responsibility and book care. We truly appreciate your cooperation in this matter! If you have any questions or concerns about these policies, please do not hesitate to call or email the library for further discussion. You may also contact the library to find out the replacement cost of any book that may be lost or damaged.
     
     

    How do I find a "Just Right" Book?

    Our library is a completely new experience to our kindergartners. Students in 1st grade are just beginning to learn more about the different sections of our library and what types of books are found in each.  So that this is not an overwhelming experience, we limit kindergarten and 1st graders selection to our "Everybody", "Early Chapter" books, and our "Everybody Non-Fiction" books.  

    Our 2nd graders become very independent in the book selection process and sometimes are overeager to read the "big books". The 2nd grade students will be able to choose chapter books in the regular fiction when we have been informed by their teacher that they are ready for a reading challenge.  WE DO NOT want to frustrate our students by allowing them to take home books that are too far above their reading level.

    As all our students are choosing books, we ask them to consider these questions:

    •   Do you like fiction (not true) or nonfiction (true) books?
    •  Are you looking for a picture book or a chapter book?

    •  Can you read this book yourself, or will someone read it to you?

    •  If it is a book for you, did you try using the Five Finger Rule to find a "Just Right" book

    •  Will you and your family have time to read this book in one week?

    •  Will this book be OK with your family?

     
     
    We are encouraging a joy of reading in our students and believe that their growing independence in book selection will engender that spirit.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read our book exchange procedures! We hope to make your child's library experience at Mill Creek enjoyable and appreciate your support and cooperation! If you have any questions/concerns about anything, please call or email Mrs. Hiriak.