Library Policies & Procedures
Media Center Hours
- The Media Center (library and computer lab) is open from 9:20 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (or later by arrangement).
- Materials are checked out to students for a period of three weeks and may be renewed once if there is no waiting list.
- Students in grades k-1 are allowed to check out up to 2 items
- Students in grades 2-5 are allowed to check out up to 3 items
- To prevent materials from becoming overdue, students are encouraged to exchange books each week during their regularly scheduled library time. Students who wish to exchange books more frequently may do so with permission from their classroom teacher.
- Once a library book becomes overdue, students are not allowed to check out additional materials until the overdue item is returned. Overdue notices are sent out monthly to students with overdue materials. If a child feels s/he has received an overdue notice in error, s/he should check with the library staff who will investigate further.
- Check Your Child's Library Account
- At the beginning of each year, students are taught how to properly care for library books. Guidelines discussed include:
- Having a special place at home just for library books.
- Not eating or drinking while reading.
- Keeping books out of reach of younger children and pets.
- Turning the pages from the side or top corner instead of the bottom.
- Carrying books between home and school in a backpack.
- Using a bookmark instead of bending corners of pages to keep your place.
Lost or Damaged Books
- Edina School Board policy requires that students pay for lost or damaged Media Center materials. If a lost item is found and returned to the media center within one year of payment, a full refund is given.
- To pay for a lost or damaged book, please send cash or a check made payable to Concord. Students can look-up replacement costs by logging-in to their library accounts in Destiny. Replacement costs can also be determined by contacting the media center.
- Students are encouraged to make their own book selections as part of a learning process to determine which books are right for them. Students take out books for many different and valid reasons. They are encouraged to take many different types of books, both fiction and non-fiction. If you are unhappy with the choice your child makes, discuss it with him or her. Find out why he chose the book and if he enjoyed having it. If he feels he did not make a good choice, discuss what might be a better choice next time. Remind him that the library staff knows almost every book in the library and is always happy to help match books with students.
- The Media Center has a computerized catalog and circulation system accessible from any computer in the building. Students are taught how to conduct computer searches for material by subject, title, and author.
- Create a 'Good Fit' Reading List with Your Child
- Student use of the Library Media Center is a mix of both fixed and flexible scheduling. The philosophy of flexible scheduling is to make the Media Center the school's center of learning and to provide students with accessibility to the Media Center at any time.
- Students in grades K-4 have a regularly scheduled time in the media center for skills instruction and book selection each week. Students in grades K-3 also have a regularly scheduled computer lab time.
- In addition, teachers of all grades are encouraged to schedule additional class visits whenever there is a specific need to use the Media Center's materials and technology for enhancement and support of classroom instruction.
Technology Policies & Permissions
- Permission to Bring a Personal Electronic Device (grades 3-5)