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Library Policies and Procedures

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:

All elementary students come to the library for book checkout every other week. Alternate weeks students will attend computer class. Please remind your child to remember when their library week is and help them to bring back their library books on time.

Kindergarten will be allowed to check out a maximum of one library book. First through fifth grade will be allowed to check out a maximum of two library books at a time. Students will not be allowed to check out new books until the old ones are returned.

All books are checked out for two weeks. Books are returned on each child’s regularly scheduled library day. Each teacher has the option to have their students return their books on a weekly basis or during their regularly scheduled library class. Please check with your child’s teacher to find out if they are returning their books weekly.

Books are date stamped with the day they are to be returned. All books may be returned early. All books returned late will have a five-cent per day fine. The fine will not start until after a one-week grace period. If your child is ill, please have them bring their books to the library the first day they come back to school and inform us of their illness. Fines will not be charged for days absent.

If your child has misplaced a book or thinks it’s lost, please notify the Media Center. Many times parents and students spend time looking for a book at home that was already found and returned to the library. Please see the overdue books/lost and damaged section below for fine and overdue policies.


MIDDLE SCHOOL:

All middle school students will be allowed to check out a maximum of two books at a time. Books are date stamped with the day they are to be returned. All books may be returned early. All books returned late will have a five-cent per day fine. The fine will not start until after a one-week grace period. If your child is ill, please have them bring their books to the library the first day they come back to school and inform us of their illness. Fines will not be charged for days absent.

Middle School students may access the library and/or computers within the library in two ways –

    1. Teachers may schedule a time to bring an entire class to the library for research or to check out books. They may also prearrange for part of the class to use the library’s computers. The teacher accompanies the class and directs their activities.
    2. Teachers may issue yellow library passes to individual students to work on their assignments or check out a book during all or part of a resource period, a pre or post lunch study period, or before (8A.M.) or after school (until 4:30 P.M.) Middle school students need their I.D. card to check out books at all times and to access library computers when coming with a individual pass. Students may be sent back to class if all computers are in use, or if they fail to follow library rules of conduct. Students may not come to the library after 3:55 with out a yellow pass from their teacher.


OVERDUE BOOKS/LOST AND DAMAGED BOOKS:

This applies to all Westfield students Kindergarten through eighth grade.

Notices are sent regularly to teachers for all students with overdue books. These notices are then given to students to bring home. Please return the book as soon as possible, along with five cents for every day it is overdue, after the five-day grace period.

If a book is returned late, the fine due is printed on the notice. When a student has an overdue book, or when their outstanding fines reach $1.00, they are no longer allowed to check out books until the book is returned and/or the fine is paid.

Students will be charged the cost of replacement for any lost OR damaged library books. The cost of replacement will be determined by Titlewave, the distributor where most of the school’s library books are purchased. Please note that the cost of replacement may be different from the price that is listed on overdue notices. These notices may reflect old prices that would not cover the cost of the book.

Fines are also charged to students for books that are returned damaged, i.e. juice spills, coloring or pencil marks inside books, torn pages, etc. It is important that students be reminded to keep lunches and library books separate and away from smaller siblings or pets at home.

11/06

Elementary Phone: 847-532-7800
Middle Phone: 847-532-7600
Fax: 847- 532-7615
Westfield Community School
2100 Sleepy Hollow Road
Algonquin, IL 60102
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