Students are made aware of these policies during their orientation to the library at the beginning of the year.
- In order to check out a book, a student needs to have their ID card or key in their ID number (same as their lunch number). When there is a book checkout class, this speeds things up because we do not have issues such as being unable to hear, misspelling a name, etc. We need to be consistent in our expectations so students remember what is expected of them. For this reason, the library staff will not look this up for students even when they are not with an entire class. Teachers are able to look up student ID numbers.
- Students may check out only two books at a time. Sometimes exceptions (to check out three books) are made for students who are always polite and do not have any fines on their account. Exceptions are up to the discretion of the library staff.
- Students can check out two items, but only one of those can be a playaway. Playaways cost $45 – $60 so we do not want to put that kind of responsibility on a junior high student. If a student does not return their playaway with the battery, battery cover, or lanyard, a replacement cost of $2.50 will be applied to their account for each item lost.
- We are slowly building our eBook and online audiobook catalog. These materials are automatically returned when they are due. Students will need to access these materials on a computer or their own device. Instructions for the Destiny Discover app can be found herepdf.
- Students will receive fines for turning in their books late ($0.10 per day, not counting weekends or holidays). Tips on how to never have late fines can be found here. Students are made aware of where to find these tips and given a pamphlet with these tips during orientation. Library staff often give students the “sweet & polite” discount. This is at the discretion of the library staff. If a student has a fine, they are still able to check out books. They are more strict about this in high school.
- Students will receive fines for lost books. If a student thinks they lost a book, they should report this to the library as soon as possible. If the student can’t find the book anywhere, they can either pay for the book or replace the book with a copy in at least “good” condition. In most cases, we will expect a hardcover copy. We are unable to give discounts on fines for lost books, but if the book is replaced with a copy that happens to cost less than what we paid, we don’t mind 🙂
- The library will be printing late fine notices each quarter. We will send out a generic notice via Blackboard Connect if you should be expecting a notice from your student that day. Sometimes, teachers forget to hand them out on the day we ask; feel free to double check with the library to see what is going on. Please make sure you have a valid email in ViewIt so we can notify you of any fines or library events.
- Students can keep up with their accounts by logging in to their accounts here (Username and password will be the same as Google Drive and Canvas). Unfortunately, this site cannot be accessed outside of school. Since the library computers are available before school and at lunch, students have an opportunity to check their accounts. Parents are welcome to email Jackie Goddard if they would like to have an update on their student’s account.
- If you are paying a fine by check, we need to have the Driver License number and birthdate displayed on the check. This is Conroe ISD policy.
Computers are for academic use only. This includes time before school and during lunches.
Students can print up to five pages a day (of academically related material) for free. After that, printing is five cents per page. If a student finds something they really need to print and it happens to be eight pages (or something like that), the library staff can be convinced to let this slide if asked before printing.
- No food or drink is allowed in the library unless a staff member is providing the food or drink. Sometimes Ms. Goddard goes blind and does not see students who are drinking water at a table away from computers.
- When students whine, the librarian goes deaf. When students ask questions like the ladies and gentlemen they are, the librarian is pleased to help the students in any way she can.
- There may be QR codes around the library (linked to book trailers and other information). As per the school’s cell phone policy, students may only use their phones to scan QR codes if their classroom teacher (who should be with them) approves when the class visits as a whole. When the student is here with a pass, before school, or during lunches, we don’t mind students using cell phones in the library as long as they are being safe, not taking pictures of or filming anyone, and only listening to music/audiobooks/any other sound with their own headphones at a volume befitting a library setting. They should also not be texting or making phone calls while in a library.
- Students should conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful to both themselves and others.
- We are not open after school, but many of our resources are available online 24 hours a day.
- Unless a student is with a class, they must have a pass. The pass must have all five parts included on it:
- Name – If the pass is for three people, there should be three names. If the pass in a planner, we will assume the name is written in the planner. If the pass is written on a piece of paper, the name needs to be included.
- Date – It needs to have today’s date. If the pass is in a planner, it should be written in the appropriate column.
- Time – The time needs to be reasonably close to the current time. Don’t come to the library at 2:00 PM with a pass from 11:30 AM and wonder why you are being sent out. That is just silly.
- Location – It needs to say library. Sometimes teachers write “bathroom” or “BR” because they have written so many passes that day. We are unable to accept this even if the teacher really meant “library”. Please check this before leaving the classroom.
- Signature/Initials – This needs to be from someone who works at York. We may ask you who signed it too.
- When students visit with an acceptable pass, they need to sign in. We have a computer system that makes this really easy. We want to know their student ID number, why they are here, and who sent them. The computer automatically records the time. Sometimes the computers go down and we have to go the old fashioned way, but we will help them read the clock and figure out the date. This information should be written on their passes anyway.
- If a student visits the library with an incomplete pass, they will be sent back to class to get their pass fixed. While it may not be their fault for having an incomplete pass, it is, unfortunately, their problem. It is easier for the student to check for all five parts before they leave the classroom and they are encouraged to do so.
Language Arts classes visit the library on a three week rotation. Sometimes teachers opt to not bring students for various reasons. Sometimes, timing doesn’t work out to exactly three weeks. Regardless, students are responsible for returning or renewing their books on time. Ways to handle this can be found here or in the “Handling Your Business” section below.
- We are open to students before school beginning at 8:15 AM until the beginning of 1st period. During this time, students are only able to use the computers for academic purposes or quickly check out books and leave. Students are no longer able to visit the library to work on homework at the tables, read quietly, or simply hang out. They need to go sit in front of their 1st period class if they don’t require a computer to complete an assignment or to quickly choose a book.
- If a student really needs to work on something that cannot be done in front of their 1st period class, they encouraged to convince us; we promise to be reasonable.
- Students who have clearly demonstrated their ability to check out books and use the library resources in a quiet, productive manner will have an opportunity to receive a pass that allows them to do work on non-computer homework or read in the morning or at lunch in the library.
- During their lunch, students can visit the library without a pass. They should only be here to quickly check out a book or work on assignments requiring a computer. Again, students who have clearly demonstrated their ability to check out books and use the library resources in a quiet, productive manner will have an opportunity to receive a pass that allows them to work on non-computer homework or read in the library during this time.
We have a library assistant this year so we will be open most of the time. There are times we may be closed for different school events but this will be incredibly infrequent. Students will still be able to request, renew, or turn in books using the links on our webpage or the drop box outside the library doors.
Students may check out and renew books using the forms on the library webpage. If students check out books using the form, the books they requested will be delivered to their class as soon as possible. Renewals will be honored based on the automatic time stamp on our form; if a book is due 8/21 and a student renews at 11:52 PM on 8/21, it will still be considered renewed on time.
While we are open most of the time this year, we will continue to provide ways for students to “handle their business” without having to enter the library.
Students may request books at any time using this form (also on the library webpage). They library catalog can be used to find books in the library and when students use the form, we can have the books delivered to the student. This usually happens the same or next school day. Students may use this form even if the library is open. Every Language Arts class has a set of classroom computers and the library is open before school and during lunch, so each student has access at least once during the school day.
Students can renew books using this form (also on the library webpage).
A more in-depth description of all the options can be found on our “how not to get a fine” page (also on the library webpage).
While all of these options help with book checkout, none help with accessing the printer if the library is closed (which is VERY rare). We have asked teachers to plan and sign up for adequate time with the computer lab to help with this problem. Teachers have definitely stepped up to this request. Students should try their best to not wait until the last minute to print or they may be disappointed. Using their time wisely in class is a wonderful idea. Trying to email their work to their teacher is another fabulous option.