Library Rules and How the Library Works

The library is open to everyone at break and lunchtime every day.

We have a great collection of books of all genres, magazines, DVD’s and games. You may come in to read, relax, play a boardgame, study, or use the computers.

There are beanbags for comfortable reading time and there are exciting new books being added to the library all of the time. 

On  Fridays at lunchtime  Games Club is on which means anyone can play the games and puzzles we have in the library, like scrabble, Jenga, Guess Who etc.  On Games day a little more noise is allowed in the library, but we still need to be respectful of people who are reading.

Book Club runs on Thursdays at lunchtime. Anyone can join Book Club at any time, more information here!

The librarian is there to recommend books, and help you with any questions you might have.  If you are looking for something, like a specific book, ask the librarian and she will know where it is or try to get it for you elsewhere.   We love books in the library, which means that we love to talk about them! So don’t be afraid to talk to the librarian about books that you like and ask her for recommendations as she will be more than happy give them  ☺

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RULES

There is no food allowed in the library

The library is a quiet zone

Be respectful of others who are reading or studying

Do not put books back on the shelves; leave them tidily on the trolley by the librarian’s desk. The reason for this is that every book has an exact place in the library so that they can be found easily.  The librarian knows exactly where things go so she will re shelve them herself. (If you are interested in how a library is organised click here, or just ask!)

Be respectful of the library books as many others will be reading them after you

Leave the library as you would wish to find it. Put your rubbish and recycling in the relevant bins, and put your chairs in.

When looking at books on the shelves try to leave them as tidy as possible.

Any books that you wish to take from the library must be checked out through the librarian. Never take books without properly checking them out.

Checking out books with the librarian involves going to her with your journal and the book(s) you would like

You may check out up to three books at a time, for three weeks.

The book(s) will be checked out to you through the computer, and your journal and book will be stamped with the date you need to renew or return.

When you are done with your book(s) bring them back to the librarian to check them back in on the computer, or you may drop them in the returns box outside of the library.

If you are not done with your book(s) by the date stamped on them, then you need to bring them to the librarian to renew them. She will renew them for another three weeks.

You may renew your books as often as you like.

If your books are overdue you will receive an email to remind you, so check your school email regularly.

Be aware that there are other people who might want to read the books that you have, so please return them in a timely manner.

Lost and severely damaged books must be replaced or paid for so mind your library books!

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Finding books

Our TinyCat catalogue  😺  displays most of the books in the school library. It’s constantly a work in progress with new books being added all of the time.

The DVD collection can be searched here. As with everything else in the library, the DVD’s can be loaned by both students and staff 😃

The magazine collection can be seen here. The magazines may only be read in the library and cannot be loaned or removed.

You can search by title, author, genre, tags (buzzwords like vampires, boys, friendship, mystery, dystopian, historical fiction, feminism, whatever you’re into) You can also search by ‘collection’ in the advanced search area which is great for Accelerated Reader students, as the Accelerated Reader books are all tagged as such, and can be searched by reading level as well.  You will be able to see if each book is available in the library or if it is currently checked out by someone else and when it is due back, as well as much more information on what each book is about.  It also allows students to have their own accounts set up where they can check what books they have out, renew their books and request books. Your swipe card doubles as your library card, so you need it to check our books and log in to your library account.

HAPPY READING! 🙂

 

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