Library FAQ's

The Cambridge Elementary School Library is a place where teachers and learners come to discover, create, and explore their curiosity. It is a place to find new books to read widely and expand your horizons, as well as a place to work on digital projects and learn to use technology.

How do I contact the Library Media Specialist?

The best way to reach Mrs. Keene-Carlson is via e-mail. She can be reached at:

How many books can I check out?

(subject to change)

1st grade = 1 book

2nd grade = 2 books

3rd-5th grade = 2 items (+1 bonus item if you don't have any overdue books)

When are books due?

The computer marks all items overdue that have been checked out for two weeks or longer. If you have an item that is overdue you will get an e-mail reminder.

Please promptly return books that you have finished because others may be waiting to read them. Learners are welcome to keep items longer than two weeks, but don’t forget to come to the library to renew (rescan) your items so they won’t be marked overdue. Fines are NOT charged for overdue items.

What happens if an item from the library is lost or damaged?

Lost books must be paid for in order to clear learner records. Once an item has been deemed lost, learners will be asked to pay for lost and damaged items.

What reading programs does the library sponsor?

Special reading-encouragement programs are offered throughout the year for all learners. Visit the Cambridge Elementary Library website for more information on the Texas 2×2 Program, Bluebonnet Book Award voting, and more! The library also runs Scholastic Book Fairs each year to get students and families excited about reading and to raise money for new books, supplies, activities, and other special events at Cambridge Elementary.

What do students learn in the library?

Research shows that children learn best when they can access information at the point-of-need. Our library program is an extension of the classroom and information skills are taught within the context of the classroom curriculum. All learners participate in research units planned cooperatively with teachers and the Library Media Specialist to learn research and technology skills at the same time as they learn curriculum-related information.

How can parents get involved?

We are always looking for volunteers! If you are detail-oriented, patient, and flexible we can use your help. Please, contact Mrs. Keene-Carlson if you are interested in being a weekly or bi-weekly shelving volunteer. Look for opportunities to help with special events, such as Book Fair, through our PTO.