Almost all students have had the opportunity to come to the library and check-out books. We’ve been reviewing all library expectations and students are doing a splendid job of helping to keep the library neat by following the routines and procedures we’ve been practicing. I’ve explained to all students why the routines and procedures are so important and they have risen to the occasion.
Students don’t have to wait until their next library class in order to return or check-out books. They are welcome to come to the library anytime after 8:20 am until 3:00 pm. If I’m not available, there will be a sign on the library door to alert the students and they may return later. Of course, this privilege is up to the homeroom teacher. Students may visit the library once per day, so they need to make sure they are choosing books that will last them for that time period.
How many books may a student check-out at one time? That’s a common question. Here’s how that works:
- KK students will check out books once we have completed our book care units. I am hoping to complete those by the end of the first nine weeks. After that point, they will be allowed to check-out one book at a time and it must be a book on their AR reading level as determined by the STAR assessment.
- 1st grade students may check-out one book at a time, and it must be a book on their AR reading level as determined by the STAR assessment. At the beginning of the second semester, they will be allowed to check-out up to two books at a time, with one required on their AR level.
- 2nd – 4th grade students may check-out up to two books at a time, with one book on their AR reading level as determined by the STAR assessment.
- 5th grade students may check-out up to three books at a time, with one book on their AR reading level as determined by the STAR assessment.
Each time a student checks-out, one book (even if they are only checking-out one), MUST be on their AR level. Locating and choosing a book on a particular AR level has been taught to students before their first opportunity to check-out. Their library folders have their AR levels on the inside so they can match what’s in their folder to the levels on the books. In addition, homeroom teachers may have additional requirements for student book check-out and the responsibility for those requirements lie with each student.
Don’t forget, and please feel free to spread the word, about the project to furnish the library reading area! Thank you to those of you who have donated, it’s greatly appreciated!