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North Scituate Elementary School Library: Policies and Rules

Classroom Rules

Classroom Rules:

1. Good Listeners:

  1. Eyes watching the speaker.

  2. Ears listening. You aren't listening fully if you are talking.

  3. Body Calm.

2. Expected Storytime/Carpet Behavior:

  1. Sit up straight

  2. Hands folded

  3. In your own space

  4. No noise

  5. Eyes on speaker

3. Library Behavior:

  1. Walking feet.

  2. Keep the library looking neat

  3. Take good care of books.

  4. Be kind and respectful to others.

  5. Listen and follow directions.

  6. Smile always and have fun.

4. When students are finished with the classroom activity students can:

  1. Start or add to a “Reading Wish List.”

  2. Fill out a book recommendation.

  3. Copy a recipe out of a cookbook.

  4. Activity, coloring, or puzzle sheet.

5. Check-out with a Substitute:

  1. There will be NO check-out when a substitute is present.

  2. Students are allowed to keep their books for another week without penalty.

Library V.I.P.

Library V.I.P.

  1. Each week 2 students per class will be picked by the librarian to be the library’s V.I.P.s.

  2. Everyone will get the chance to be a library V.I.P.

  3. The purpose is to assist the librarian with certain jobs:

    • Blurt Chart

    • Clean up

    • Lights

    • Attendance

    • Pass out and collect papers and/or supplies

  4. Perks:

    • Wear V.I.P. Badge

    • First seating pick

  5. Expectations:

    • Set a good example.

    • Do your personal best.

    • Be a model citizen.

    • Be a leader.

    • Be a good friend.

    • Be a hard worker.

Circulation Policies

Circulation Policies

  • Kindergarten students may check out one book at a time, starting in October, after receiving instruction and practice on book care.

  • Kindergarten, first, and second grade students will be allowed to check out one book at a time.

  • Students in grade 3-5 may check out two books at a time.

  • Books and magazines are checked out to students for a 2 week period.

  • Teachers are not limited in the number of items they can check out. They also have no time limitations for their checked out materials.

  • No fine is charged for overdue materials.

  • Items can be renewed up to 2 times, as long as no one else has requested the material. Items must be brought into the library to be renewed.

  • Patrons will be charged a fine for lost/damaged materials.

  • If students have overdue books, they may not check out additional items. Overdue notices are printed twice monthly and sent to homerooms.

  • Overdue material becomes labeled “Lost” after 30 days overdue.  A bill for lost or damaged beyond repair items will be mailed home. A payment is to be made in the library, with checks written to North Scituate School.  A receipt will be provided.

  • After payment is received, the patron will be reimbursed if the book is subsequently found within 365 days.

  • Students will be notified of library policies and procedures during orientation at the beginning of the year.

Flexible Seating

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am excited to tell you about the NEW seating arrangement inside the library. It's called flexible seating. Flexible seating is where many different seating arrangements are offered to your student during their library class. I know that each child learns differently and I want to meet their needs by offering them different seating choices and working environments. Allowing choice in seating not only empowers students to be active in their own learning, it also enables your student to discover how they learn best. Those options include: A convertible bench/picnic table, bean bags, surf desks, rockers, crate seats, tire seats, camping chairs, mushroom stools, and futon. There will be a total of 28 seats! Plenty for your student to choose from!

Your student will still have access to all of the materials and supplies they need. Materials will be located in an easily accessible area in the room.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child's learning environment, please feel free to email me.

As always, I appreciate your support and feel lucky to teach your child in library!


  • Patron’s records will be considered confidential and will not be released to a third party unless required by law.

  • Patrons may request library records for their own personal account and records.

  • Overdue lists with student’s names only will be sent to teachers to relay those messages to students with overdue books.

  • Books on hold lists with students’ names only will be held at the circulation desk.

Library Bill of Rights

Library Bill of Rights (From American Library Association)

The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.

I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.

II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.

IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.

V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.

VI. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

Adopted June 19, 1939, by the ALA Council; amended October 14, 1944; June 18, 1948; February 2, 1961; June 27, 1967; January 23, 1980; inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996.

Library Reward System

Reward System:

Classroom Bookshelf:

  • Each classroom has a "bookshelf".

  • Each class has the chance to earn 6 books to add to their bookshelf per class. (This does NOT include Enrichment)

    • Earn 1 Book for coming into the library and sitting quietly.

    • Earn 1 Book for working hard and staying on task during class

    • Earn 1 Book for a safe and quiet check out.

    • Earn 1 Book for cleaning up and lining up quietly.

    • Earn 1 Book for following rules during class.

    • Earn 1 Book for returning all books.

Library Star Award:

The top 3 grades (1 for k-1, 1 for 2-3, and 1 for 4-5) with the most books that month wins the Golden Book Award to keep in their classroom for an entire month.

Computer Lab Rules

Computer Lab Rules

  • Be Safe, Responsible, and Respectful.

  • Wait patiently.

  • Stay in your seat

  • Raise your hand.

  • Do your BEST work.

  • ASK before printing.

  • NO eating or drinking.

  • Use your inside voice.

  • Listen and follow directions.

  • Clean up before you leave.

  • Use tools correctly.

  • Come to class with clean hands.