Book Selection Philosophy

My core belief in book selection is that students are able to leave with a book they want and are excited to borrow every time they visit the library. Through the repeated experience of choosing books they are passionate about, I hope a passion for reading and love for the library develops.

Therefore, I do not discourage students from taking books home that may not be at their individual reading level, nor do I suggest that they limit themselves to book selecting a specific type or level of book. In the lower grades, we spend time discussing and considering how to choose a book that is right for the reader. But, book selection is ultimately left to the students.

If parents or guardians are concerned with their child's book selection, I suggest having a conversation with the child or utilizing our online card catalog (Destiny, under the Reading tab on this webpage) to come up with possible book selection ideas before the child's library class.

Borrowing Policy

Students are able to borrow different number of books based on grade level.

  • Kindergarten & Grade 1: 1 book
  • Grade 2: 2 books
  • Grade 3: 3 books
  • Grade 4: 4 books
  • Grade 5: 5 books

All students are able to keep books for one week, unless they choose to renew the book. Books must come back to the library in order to be renewed. If a student forgets to return their book(s) on library day, they are able to select new books to put on hold until the next morning, when they can swap out their overdue books for their new choices. Books put on hold only remain held until the next morning.

While I encourage students and parents to practice the important responsibility and skill of borrowing/returning library books, I understand that books sometimes do get lost. If a book is lost, I ask that a parent or guardian to send in a note so we are aware and can remove the book from our catalog. If families are able, we appreciate a donation to help replace the lost or damaged book. Books that turn up after paying a fee can be sent into school for a reimbursement.

Students who demonstrate consistent difficulty returning books may call for an individual borrowing plan; possibly requiring library books to stay in the classroom, rather than traveling home.

Contact Information

If you need to contact Toffolon's Library Media Spcialist, you can reach Julianna Cobuzzi at cobuzzij@plainvilleschools.org or by calling the main office.

Acceptable Use Policy

Plainville Community Schools provides electronic information systems for improving teaching, learning, and managing. These systems shall be used by members of the school community in accordance with policy and procedures established by the school district and laws enacted by state and federal governments. The following acceptable use policy (AUP) applies to supervised and independent use of all forms of technology. It does not attempt to articulate all access scenarios and user behaviors.

For the purposes of this AUP, the definition of information systems is any configuration of hardware and software, which provides users access to information stored electronically. The configuration can be a single unit or multiple units networked together. Networks include computer hardware, operating system software, application software, and stored text and data files, regardless of source and content.

Users shall be defined as any person who utilizes these information networks. Users include all students, district employees and members of the Board of Education. It may also include other persons outside of these groups who, in the course of using district facilities, require access to the systems.

The Plainville Board of Education expects all users of its technologies and electronic information systems to demonstrate responsible, courteous behaviors. Responsible behavior includes abiding by the law and the terms of the AUP with regard to privacy, confidentiality, security, and intellectual property.

Computers, computer files, the e-mail system, software furnished to users and other pieces of the school's information network are school district property. Students should not consider any of their use of computers to be private, including all electronic communications. Use of passwords to gain access to the school"s information systems does not imply privacy in that use. There should be no expectation of privacy in aspects of computer use. The school district has the right but is not required to monitor any and all aspects of its information systems, including all materials students create, store, send or receive.

The Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee will be responsible for implementing this policy, establishing procedures and guidelines, and supervising access privileges. Such guidelines shall be used to enforce the measures to block or filter Internet access and to preserve the students' and staff's rights to examine and use information to meet the educational goals and objectives of the Plainville Community School District.

Violations of this policy may result in revocation of access to and privileges relating to use of the information systems and networks. Encouraging, allowing, or ignoring student use of the computer resources in a manner contrary to this policy is strictly prohibited. Violations of this policy by students may result in disciplinary action, up to and including suspension and/or expulsion. Violations may also result in civil and criminal liability. Students will be responsible for any losses, costs or damages incurred by the school district as a result of unauthorized use or intentional destruction of its information network or pieces.

Legal Reference:

17 U.S.C. § 101 et. seq., The Copyright Act

20 U.S.C. §1232g Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

20 U.S.C. §1400 et. seq., Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

C.G.S. §10-15b Access to student records

C.G.S. §53a-182b through §53a-183, Harassment

C.G.S. §53a-251 et. seq., Computer Crime