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Learn About Our Library

To build up a library is to create a life.  It’s never just a random collection of books
~Carlos Maria Cominguez
 

Hours of Operation

Our library is open in accordance with the school calendar from 7:30 am until 3:30 pm.  

Library Objectives

To provide library books in order to:
• Supplement the classroom curriculum
• Encourage students to discover the advantages and joys of reading
• Are current, well-organized, and easily accessible
• Encourage students to practice and improve in their reading abilities
• Present a curriculum-related program centered on library instruction and use
• Promote responsible library citizenship with an emphasis in the proper care of materials and respect for the rights of others
 

Book Care

All books are the property of Holy Spirit Catholic School.  

It is important that all materials are cared for in order to ensure they are available for the years to come:
  • Keep books in a safe place, away from any foods, liquids, or pets
  • Do not peel or remove and labels or covers from books
  • Use a bookmark instead of folding down pages

Lost or Damaged Books

It is the responsibility of the students and subsequently their parents to replace and/or pay for any lost or damaged books. 

Library Rules:

1. Enter quietly and be respectful of others.
2. Treat your book like you treat a friend.  You don't wipe your nose on a friend.
3. Return books when due so that others may enjoy.
4. Be considerate of others' time - it takes time to organize and fix the books.  Do not intentionally create havoc.
5. Raise your hand if you would like to ask a question or speak to the class.
6. Do not climb on library furniture or those in the library.
7. Only second grade and below are permitted in the easy section.
8. No talking is permitted without expressed permission.
9. Do not venture behind the desk of the librarians.  This is sacred ground.
10. Do not utilize the computers for tasks other than those permitted.  No gaming.
 

Library Procedures:

Collection Development

The Collection Development Procedures for the school library of Holy Spirit are established in accordance with the mission of the school.  For more information on these standards and guidelines, please see the Collection Development Policy.

Donations and Gifts

The procedures for donations to the Holy Spirit School Library are specified through the Collection Development Policy.  All gifts must have the accompanying form filled out and submitted in order to be accepted.

Material Weeding

Books and resources are weeded within the library based on several standards, including multiple copies, inappropriate material, damage, or a lack of interest in circulation and/or curriculum.  When items are selected to be weeded, they are placed in a location for students to have access to claiming them for a period of two weeks, and then they are donated to local charities.

Library Consequences

When students break the aforementioned rules within the library, specific consequences apply.  These are:

• First Infraction: Verbal Warning
• Second Infraction: Formal, Written Reprimand
• Third Infraction: Removed From Class
• Fourth Infraction or Serious Offense: Detention
• Fifth Infraction: Suspension
*Some serious infractions are subject to suspension
 

Circulation

Students are permitted to check out two books simultaneously, except kindergarten and first grade whom are permitted one.  Books have a checkout period of one week, and the Middle School section has two weeks.  When returned, books must be given to a librarian for check in and re-shelving.  If not returned by the due date, materials will incur fines of $.05 per day maxed out at $15.00.  If an item is lost, it is the student(s)’ responsibility to pay for the replacement.  Books that are returned damaged will be applied to the student(s)’ account for replacement.  Books must be checked out before or after school, or during library time, not during the class times of other students.  If a student believes that they have returned a book that is being shown as checked out and/or overdue, it is the student’s responsibility to speak with a librarian to resolve the issue and find the book.  Overdue notices will be sent to teachers and parents once a month for resolution.  Outstanding fines and checkouts will result in the student being unable to check out further materials and potentially restrict access to report cards at the end of the term.

Censorship

Censorship is not encouraged at Holy Spirit Catholic School.  It is not our place to determine what is acceptable and what is not; however, books that are not age appropriate or in accordance with Holy Spirit Catholic School’s mission will be removed.  If a question or a problem arises, see the Censorship Form for information on how to submit a request for reconsideration.

Holy Spirit has a diverse age range.  If a book is determined to not be age appropriate for a student, there is a form that may be signed by the parent granting permission for that book to be checked out to their student.  The librarian may refuse permission to check out a book until this form is returned.

Volunteers

Volunteers must have Youth Protection I to work in the library.  If they are ever present without the librarians, they must have Youth Protection II.  While all help is greatly appreciated, there are pre-ascribed guidelines that must be followed and adhered.  Volunteers are not to instruct students in their coursework.  If a student needs assistance locating a book, volunteers are encouraged to help them; however, volunteers may not instruct students in terms of resource usage and class work.  Volunteers must let the librarians know when they plan to be present.  The library is a busy place, and there is not always accessibility.  A volunteer(s)’ use of any library computer(s) must be approved by the librarian(s).  This includes all laptops and desktops stationed in the library.  If using a librarian(s)’ personal computer, the volunteer must cease when the librarian is not present.  Permission is not universally granted, nor does it automatically carry over.  Decisions about library organization and management must be approved by the librarians.

Computers

The library has sixteen computers housed amongst the books.  These are not to be damaged.  No food or drink is permitted around the computers at any time.  Students may not access computers without permission.  All websites and material accessed on the student’s account will be held liable to that student.  Anything that is performed while in the students’ accounts is trackable.  The library is a place for school work and research; therefore, gaming is not permitted.

Searching the Database

Would you like to search the library catalog at home?  Check out what our library has to offer here.
 

Dr. Seuss' Birthday Celebration

On March 8th, join us in celebrating the birthday of the famed author Dr. Seuss as well as Read Across America!  Students will have the opportunity for a speial out of uniform day as well as an afternoon surprise.  For more information, contact the Holy Spirit School Library.

Read-A-Thon

Join us in supporting our library and our students with the upcoming Read-a-thon.  The theme will be Charlotte's Web, and the class that reads the most books will see their teacher kiss Wilbur the pig.  Shhh the teachers don't know yet!