The Hanaford School Library operates on a flexible schedule, which means that our students, as in many upper elementary, middle and high schools, do not have weekly scheduled classes. Instead, we have collaboratively scheduled classes with classroom teachers and book circulation on a drop-in basis.
According to the American Assocation of School Librarians (AASL), flexible library scheduling is the most beneficial to schools and students.
From the AASL's Position Statement on Flexible Scheduling:
"Open access to a quality school library program is essential for students to develop the vital skills necessary to analyze, evaluate, interpret, and communicate information and ideas in a variety of formats. Inquiry skills are taught and learned within the context of the curriculum and may occur in the classroom, the library, or at home with 24/7 accessibility to a wide range of resources, technologies, and services."
"The integrated library program philosophy requires an open schedule that includes flexible and equitable access to physical and virtual collections for staff and students. Classes must be flexibly scheduled into the library on an as needed basis to facilitate just-in-time research, training, and utilization of technology with the guidance of the teacher who is the subject specialist, and the librarian who is the information process specialist. The resulting lesson plans recognize that the length of the learning experience is dependent on learning needs rather than a fixed library time. Regularly scheduled classes in the school library to provide teacher release or preparation time prohibit this best practice. Students and teachers must be able to come to the library throughout the day to use information sources, read for pleasure, and collaborate with other students and teachers."
To read the position statement in its entirety, or to learn more about flexible scheduling, please visit the AASL website here.
The Elinore L. Pike Library at the George R. Hanaford Elementary School is open on a flexible schedule Monday through Friday from 9:10 a.m. until 3:35 p.m.
Students are encouraged to visit the library throughout the day, with the permission of their classroom teacher, as long as there are no scheduled classes taking place.