Library Policies

Frequently Asked Questions


HOW DO I FIND WHAT I NEED?


Books can be found using the online library catalog (Follett Destiny) by entering author, title, subject, or key words. Of course, your librarian will also assist you whenever she is available.

HOW OFTEN DOES MY CLASS COME TO LIBRARY?

Students visit the library once a week for a scheduled class. Grades K-2 have 30 minute classes; Grades 3-5 have 40 minute classes.

AM I ALLOWED TO ENTER THE LIBRARY WHEN A CLASS IS IN SESSION?

Students may come to the library at any time to return books, but are encouraged to return books first thing in the morning. Due to some changes in staffing, unscheduled book exchange time will be limited. Please speak to the librarian in your building to find out what times you are allowed to stop in for unscheduled book exchange.

HOW MANY BOOKS AM I ALLOWED TO CHECK OUT?

Each library sets its own policy on the number of book checkouts allowed; a general guide would be:

Kindergarten: 1 to 2 books
First Grade: 1 to 2 books
Second Grade: 2 to 3 books
Third Grade: 3 books
Fourth Grade: 3 books
Fifth Grade: 3 books

Students are allowed to check out 1 to 2 magazines per visit; playaways and NOOKs (Searingtown) may only be checked out if a permission form has been handed in and are not renewable.

Please note: These numbers reflect the number of books a student may have out at any one time. However, he/she may come to the library, with teacher permission, for a new book, provided he/she returns the previous one/s and has NO OVERDUE or LOST, UNPAID FOR BOOKS.

Students in grades four and five who are doing research projects may have the limit extended for a project or assignments at the discretion of the librarian.

Students MAY NOT check out videos or DVDs - these are for school use only.

WHEN DO I HAVE TO RETURN MY LIBRARY BOOKS?

All students may sign-out library materials for two weeks. This means that the book is not considered overdue until two weeks have gone by. However, since all students visit the library on a weekly basis, they are encouraged to bring their library books with them to the library every week, either to return them or renew them.

Books may be renewed up to two additional times. The book must be present to be renewed.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I FORGET TO BRING BACK MY BOOKS ON TIME?

We do not charge a fine for overdue books. Overdue notices and friendly reminders are sent out on a routine basis. If a student has books overdue more than two weeks we reserve the right to suspend borrowing privileges or limit the number of books out at any time, until the overdue items are returned. Parents, if you notice your child is not bringing home new books, please ask if they have a book that is considered lost or overdue. Sometimes, you send the book back, but it does not make it to the library. Sometimes, we send home a notice, but it doesn't make it home.

Students who have chronic overdues may have borrowing privileges revoked or limited, or have books they need for assignments signed out to their teacher, so they may complete an assignment. They will receive a bill for lost books if the items are not returned.

We attempt to instill a sense of responsibility while a book is in the possession of our students. This means they are responsible for caring for it, using a bookmark, renewing it, and returning it on time, so others may borrow it.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DAMAGE OR LOSE A LIBRARY BOOK?

DAMAGED BOOKS: When a student checks out a book it is his/her responsibility to return the book in good condition. Part of the library curriculum for primary grades is the proper care of books. Although we devote a lot of time to this subject, we realize that accidents can happen.

If a book page accidentally rips, please do not attempt to repair it at home. We will repair the book in the library. Please return the book with a note so that we are aware of it. However, if a book becomes damaged beyond use, you will be billed for the replacement cost; you may choose to replace the book yourself with a new, hardcover copy.

LOST BOOKS: If a book is lost, we will ask the student's teacher to help the student search for the book in the classroom. Sometimes students mix their library book with classroom books, sometimes they lend it to a friend, sometimes books are found in the back of a cubby, sometimes they are left in the art room or music room, and sometimes children forget to properly return books by putting them in the library book drop. Occasionally, children simply put the book back on a library shelf. Of course, if the book is not properly checked in, the computer will mark it as 'out'. Sometimes there are computer glitches and of course, there is human error.

Once we have exhausted all possibilities at school, a note will be sent home asking for payment. Please note that borrowing privileges are withheld until the book is paid for. You will be charged the replacement cost of the book; you may choose to replace the book yourself with a new, hardcover copy. The charge for lost magazines is $5.00, at the discretion of the librarian.

Payment should be made in the form of a check made out to the Herricks UFSD. Your child will receive a receipt showing that the book was paid for.  If you write a check, please be aware that the check is forwarded to the accounting office of the Herricks School District. Therefore, it is very important that parents hold onto the receipts we give proving that they paid for the book. If you find a lost book that was paid for by check, we will ask you for your receipt and then forward that to the accounting office with a request to reimburse you. Please be aware that this process may take some time.

Students who return lost books after the school year ends will not be refunded.





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