Students may check out books for a two-week period. Sometimes, students are not done reading a book after this period in which case they can renew their book for another 2 weeks. Overdue notices will be distributed in Language Arts at the end of every month.
Lost or Damaged Books
When a student checks out a book, he/she assumes the responsibility of returning the book in good condition. If a book is lost or returned with damage, the student will be notified of the cost of replacing the book, if necessary. Some of our books have library binding which adds to the life and cost of the book. If it had library binding, please send payment for the book. If the book that was damaged did not have library binding, you are welcome to purchase a replacement for the book from another source. Please do not try to glue or tape damaged books, our librarians are trained to repair them with the proper materials.
Intellectual Freedom -- The Right to Read
Article V of the Library Bill of Rightsstates, "A person's right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views." It further states, "...[P]arents--and only parents--have the right and responsibility to restrict access of their children--and only their children--to library resources. Parents who do not want their children to have access to certain library services, materials, or facilities should so advise their children. Librarians and library governing bodies cannot assume the role of parents or the functions of parental authority in the private relationship between parent and child." The Media Center at Haysville West provides materials and activities that meet academic, technical, personal, and social needs of our students. Therefore, a range of materials of varying difficulties and interests is needed, as well as diverse religious, ethnic, and cultural products. Libraries are spaces for information gathering and idea sharing, and, therefore, resources are provided for the interest and education of all students and teachers. Because each family is different in their preferences, parents are encouraged to be involved in their student’s book selection. If your child selects a book that you believe to be inappropriate due to content or reading level, simply have him/her return it to the library the following day to make a different selection. If you have a preference as to what your child reads or shouldn't read, please discuss this with him or her.