Library Policies and Procedures
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Monday: 7:40 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. / Tuesday: 7:40 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. / Wednesday: 7:20 a.m. - 2:11 p.m. / Thursday: 7:40 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. / Friday: 7:40 a.m. - 2:11 p.m.
Phone Number: (702) 799-7660#4026
Email the library: rdwyer at interact.ccsd.net
Overview of checking out books
Each week Carl students return the previous week's books and check books out for the following week. (The number of books depends on the grade level -see below.) If a student does not return the previous week's books on-time, he or she will not be allowed to borrow any additional print items. (The exception to this is that students can borrow eBooks with overdue print books.) When a student has overdue print books, the classroom teacher will send a computer print-out home indicating the title of the unreturned book(s). When the late books are returned, the child may again check out books. There are no late charges. Fines are given for damaged books (see "fines and damage costs" for more details). If a book is lost or damaged beyond repair, the book must be 1) paid for with cash or a check or 2) replaced with a book of similar value. Checks should be payable to "Kay Carl Elementary." If a child moves to another school without returning our books, the books or value of the books should be 1) mailed back to us or 2) given to the librarian in the child's new school to send back to us.
What books can students check-out and when can they check out?
Students check-out books once a week during their regularly scheduled library class. As a student moves through the grades at Kay Carl, her/his library privileges expand:
Kindergarten students may check-out one book
First grade students start borrowing one book and then two
Second though fifth graders may check-out two books
Parents/Guardians may borrow up to twenty books
The above privilege spiral fits most children as they progress in terms of education and maturation. If a kindergartener or first grader is exceptionally bright, he or she can jump through the spiral with a parent or guardian's written permission. A classroom teacher can also send a student to the library any day of the week to return and borrow books.
All students can borrow two eBooks at a time, making a total of four check outs for most.
How do students get a library card?
One of the privileges of enrollment at Carl is an automatic student library card. This procedure expedites the book borrowing process which is very important since teachers teach how to read but children practice the skill when selecting and reading the books of their choice. By borrowing books, the student acknowledges that he/she is responsible for returning all books on time in check-out condition. If for some reason a parent wishes to ban their child from borrowing books, it is the family's responsibility to preemptively contact the library staff. For information on fines and damages, see the below "Fines and damage costs" section.
Fines and damage costs
Patrons receive fines for damaged print books or CDs. eBooks can not be lost or damaged. Parents and students alike must agree to pay fines or replacement costs for books that are returned damaged. Students and parents agree to this when the student borrows books. What is the library's authority to charge for damaged or lost books? CCSD regular 5134 holds all families accountable for lost or damaged library books. While nobody wants to pay for lost or damaged books, the cost of filling a library such as ours is quite expensive considering that most books cost around $16.00. As with a public library, it only fair to compensate our library when an item is lost or damaged. Making mistakes (and learning from them) is an expected part of youth. Parental support of this process is essential to support both the child's education and the school library.
Instead of a check or cash, replacement books may be accepted, but the titles must be in excellent condition and at least equal the value of the damaged book(s). Since replacement books (as all others) are cataloged, stamped and affixed with barcodes and spine labels, all replacement transactions are final.
ripped page(s) $1.00-$5.00
writing on pages $1.00-$5.00
damaged cover (edges, spine & surface) $1.00-$5.00
removed spine label, barcode or dust cover $3.00
food in book $5.00
soiled book $1.00-$5.00
If there is a zone of cost ($1.00-$5.00), the actual cost will be determined by the librarian on a case by case basis. The cost depends on 1) the amount of damage and 2) the total value of the book. Students need to pay the replacement cost of any book that the librarian determines to be seriously damaged. Books fit this status when there is enough moisture, writing, food or physical damage so that an item can no longer circulate. The average cost of a paperback book is $6.00 and the average cost of a hard cover book is $17.00. Since these are average costs, the amount due for a replacement may be greater or less, depending on the actual value of a particular book. This is also true for lost books. As with replacement debts, damage debts can be taken care of with replacement books or a check.
How does the library determine who damaged a book?
Given limited time and resources, the library staff is unable to check all of the 1500 books that return each week. Instead, students are trained extensively from kindergarten through fifth grade to examine their newly checked out books for damage before they leave the library. Since nobody returning books ever admits to damaging a check-out, students are instructed and continually reminded to show any damage (ripped pages, markings, liquid damage, etc.) in their newly checked out books to the library staff. This community policing model is done so that 1) the student who currently has the book is protected from any damage costs 2) the library staff can repair the book (if possible) and 3) the previous person who checked the book out will receive a fine, if necessary. Students that do not inspect their newly borrowed books for harm before leaving the library are gambling on the assumption that their items are free of damage. Students who do not follow this procedure undermine the library system and may end up paying for another patron's damages. "But my child didn't do it." It is unethical and impractical for the library to charge students for items after they have been borrowed by other patrons. Imagine your child returning a library book. The next student to borrow the book damages it and blames it on the previous student so that your child is falsely held responsible for another's book abuse. The library's system of accountability makes sure this scenario will never happen. Along these lines, students who borrow damaged books and do not show damage to the library staff before leaving the library will be held responsible for all costs. There are no exceptions. While students are always reminded to inspect their books in class, this procedure is communicated to parents in documentation included in the beginning of the year/new student folder.
Moving in and out
When a new student arrives at Carl Elementary School, all library debts to the former school must be taken care of before a student can check out books here. Leaving a school with books from the library is irresponsible. We will do the courtesy of returning any books or compensation to the former school.
If a student leaves Carl with library books, the student and parent/guardian should find some way to return the books, get a replacement to us or pay the value of the book(s). You can 1) personally drop the books or money off at the school office, 2) give the books or money to the librarian at the new school library to send to us, or 3) mail the books or money to us at: Kay Carl Elementary School, The Library, 5625 Corbett Street, Las Vegas NV 89130.