Course Syllabus

Laurel Mill Library & Media Center Policies and Procedures

Media Specialist: Cathy Littleton, MLS, MEd

919-853-3577

catherinelittleton@fcschools.net

Twitter: @LMESMediaCenter

Online Catalog: bit.ly/lmesmedia

Schedule

 

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

7:30-8:10

Hall Duty/Open Circulation

Hall Duty/Open Circulation

Hall Duty/Open Circulation

Hall Duty/Open Circulation

Hall Duty/Open Circulation

8:10-9:00

Open Circulation/

Reshelving

Open Circulation/

Reshelving

Open circulation/

Reshelving

Open Circulation/

Reshelving

Open Circulation/

Reshelving

9:00-9:30

Open Circulation/

Collaboration

Open Circulation/

Collaboration

Open Circulation/

Collaboration

Open Circulation/

Collaboration

Open Circulation/

Collaboration

9:30-10:10

Open

Circulation/

Collaboration

Open Circulation/

Collaboration

Open Circulation/

Collaboration

Open Circulation/

Collaboration

Open Circulation/

Collaboration

10:10-10:55

Open

Circulation/

Collaboration


 

Williams

Lester

Herring

4th Grade

11:00-11:45

Battle of the Books

Sheldon

Bass

Open Circulation/

Collaboration

Battle of the Books

11:55-12:30

Battle of the Books

Marshall

Saleeby

Tharrington

Battle of the Books

12:30-1:00

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

1:00-1:35

Open Circulation/

Planning

Leonard

Vonklingler

Hawley

Open Circulation/

Collaboration

1:45-2:30

Alford/Mize

Whitfield/

Kassnove

Williamson/

Kassnove

Overton/Mize

3rd or Kindergarten

2:40-3:45

Open

Circulation

Open Circulation

Open Circulation

Open Circulation

Open Circulation



 

 

LIBRARY MISSION

To provide high quality print and digital resources, services, and instruction to students and staff in a welcoming and purposeful future ready learning environment.

CURRICULUM
Our library curriculum covers several topics including:

  • library behavior
  • book parts
  • library call numbers
  • literary genres
  • story elements
  • research techniques
  • proper use of technology
  • independent use of the library

 

The elementary library curriculum is integrated with classroom units of study. Lessons could consist of a whole-group activity, long-term project, independent activity, game, multi-media use, literature presentation or exploration centers. Library lessons contain a variety of Common Core State and NC Essential Standards and are presented in creative and interesting ways. The AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Students are incorporated into lessons when appropriate. On each visit every child has an opportunity to select and check out one or more library books each week, depending on his or her grade level.

Kindergarten book care, parts of a book, organization of the library, reading for fun, reading for information

First Grade book care, parts of a book, reading for fun, reading for information, alphabetical order, title/author/illustrator, organization of the library, choosing “right for me” books, nonfiction vs. fiction, point of view

Second Grade book care, parts of a book, alphabetical order, title/author/illustrator, basic organization of the library, choosing “right for me” books, nonfiction vs. fiction, point of view, using technology to find information, using technology to share information

Third Grade choosing “right for me” books, alphabetical order review and dictionary skills, using the encyclopedia, using technology to find information, Dewey Decimal System and library organization, author study, poetry, world cultures and customs, internet safety

Fourth Grade dictionary review, encyclopedia review, exploring genres, biographies and historical fiction, North Carolina, online resources and library catalog, Dewey Decimal System and library organization, internet safety

Fifth Grade review of previous library skills as well as various literary genres, references and citation, internet safety, library organization

AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner (Links to an external site.)

ISTE 2016 Standards for Students (Links to an external site.)

 

CHECK OUT POLICY

 

Proper care of library materials is stressed in all grades.  Please help your child designate a safe place at home, like a shelf or drawer, to store library books.


Kindergarten students may check out one book at a time.

 

1st through 4th grade students may select 2 books for check out.  5th grade students may select 3 books for check out. Books are checked out for a 2 week period and may be renewed for an additional 2 weeks if needed as long as no other student is waiting for the book.  

Students may check out and return books during their library rotation time or during open check out times.  Students in all grades attend library classes as part of a weekly rotation.

Staff may check out as many books or materials as needed.  Items checked out are due back by the end of the year.

BOOK SELECTION
I believe students should be free to select books that interest them. I will attempt to guide him/her to an appropriate level book about a chosen topic.  First grade students begin check out in the Everyone section of the library and add additional genres throughout the school year. Second through fifth grade students are welcome to select books from all sections of the library so they can enjoy various types of literature.

Students in first grade through fifth grade are encouraged to select one or two books they can read independently and one they would like to have read to them.  We spend time discussing books for independent reading, exploring books by various authors and illustrators, and using the "five finger test" to judge the readability of a book.


If your child selects a book which they do not like, or one which you do not like, or feel is appropriate, please return the book the next day and select another.  If your child consistently makes selections which you feel are inappropriate, please feel free to contact me.

 

OVERDUE POLICY
We do not charge a fine for overdue books.  Overdue notices are sent out on a routine basis, usually each nine weeks.  Students with an overdue book or books may not check out additional books until the overdue items are returned.  If you notice your child is not bringing home new books, please ask if a book is considered lost or overdue.  Sometimes, you send the book back, but it does not make it to the library.

A bill will be sent for lost books, if the items are not returned by the end of each semester.  Books may not be kept out over the Christmas or summer holidays.  I attempt to instill a sense of responsibility for the library and its books.  This means students are responsible for caring for books, using a bookmark, and renewing and returning books on time, so others may borrow them.

 

DAMAGED AND LOST BOOK POLICY


Accidents happen!  Puppies chew (usually new) books, juice containers leak in backpacks, younger siblings use them for creative art projects, and books get left outside.   Most children are responsible and if a book becomes accidentally damaged, we stress the responsibility to report and, if necessary, to replace a book which gets damaged while in a student's care.

If a book page accidentally rips, please do not attempt to repair it at home. We use special book tapes and glue, which resist heat and won't discolor.  Return the book with a note and we will gladly repair it.

If a book becomes damaged beyond use, you will be billed for the replacement cost.  Most of our books are library editions, meant to take heavy use, and not the trade editions sold in bookstores.  A notice will be sent home with your child to inform you of the replacement cost.  Students with damaged/lost book fees may not check out additional books until the fees are paid.

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