Using the Library

 

School Libraries Transform

TKCS Middle School / High School Library Policies

The Middle School/High School Library is a place where students can read, study, conduct research, and complete homework.

The library opens at 7:30 a.m. and remains open until 3:30 p.m. most school days. Students may visit the library before and after school, during lunch and study halls, and at such other times as their teachers may issue a library pass.

Students do not need a pass to be admitted to the library before or after school, or during lunch.
To protect our computers and books, food and drink are not permitted in the library.

Borrowing:

Books………Two to four weeks, depending on the collection
Reference Materials…….Two days
AV materials…….Use in media center at the request of a teacher
Magazines………One week

Overdue materials: Fines are assessed at the rate of $.10 per school day. It is our hope that students will respect the role of a library and always return on time.

Renewals: Library materials may be renewed at the discretion of the librarian. Middle School students must renew library materials in person by bringing them to the circulation desk. High School students may renew materials in person or via our online catalog, Alexandria. Your username/password is the same as for NetClassroom.

Lost/Damaged materials:  If a student loses an item or damages it beyond normal handling, the library will charge for the cost of replacement. Damage includes watermarks, torn or missing covers, pages and pictures, dog-eared pages, and soiled or marked covers or pages.

Finding Books in the Library:

We now have an online catalog, Alexandria, which contains all library items belonging to the MS/HS and elementary libraries. Feel free to stop into the MS/HS library at any time for a personal introduction to using Alexandria.

Our library materials are arranged in a way that you can easily find them. It’s called the Dewey Decimal Classification system (DDC, for short). With DDC, there are 10 main categories for books, ranging from the 000’s to the 900’s. Once you become familiar with those 10 categories, you will be able to go to the library shelves to browse for books on the topic of your choice. For example, books about religion are  found in the 200’s. Books about history are found in the 900’s. The only exceptions are popular fiction, which is assigned an F, and individual biographies, which are assigned a B.

Take a tour of  the 10 Dewey Decimal categories here!

Computer Usage:

Eight Internet computers are available in the library for student use. These are for educational use only. Personal interest searching is permitted if permission is given by the librarian. Computer games are not permitted at any time during the school day. Social networking is never permitted on the library computers.

All student computers operate on Windows 7 and are equipped with MS Office Professional 2007.

It is recommended that all work be saved to the student network. If you do not know how to save your work to the student network, please ask the librarian for assistance.

A black and white printer is available in the library for student use. Color printing and photocopying can be obtained through the librarian. The cost of black and white printing and photocopying is $.10 per page. Color prints are $.25 per page. Payment must be made in advance to the librarian.

Please make yourself familiar with the Acceptable Use of Technology policy before using school computers!

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