Procedures: Teachers and Staff

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The Research Informs Policies and Procedures

The research shows that accessibility to reading materials is essential for the development of readers.  From an online article by Dr. Stephen Krashen:

"Studies also show when children have access to interesting and comprehensible reading material, they read (Krashen, 2001; 2004). And finally, when children read, they improve in all aspects of literacy, including vocabulary, grammar, spelling, reading and writing ability (McQuillan, 1998; Krashen, 2004). In fact, the evidence is strong that reading for pleasure, self-selected reading, is the major cause of advanced literacy development. Making sure that all children have access to books makes literacy development possible."

From a blog post by Jennifer LaGarde:

"Helping students create and grow authentic reading lives, is one of our most important jobs as educators. The research on this topic is very clear: Children between the ages of 10 and 16 who read for pleasure make more progress in vocabulary, spelling, and math than those who rarely read. (Sullivan & Brown, 2013) Further, we know that volume matters. Students need enormous quantities of successful reading to become independent, proficient readers. (Atwell, 2007; Worthy & Roser, 2010; Gallagher, 2009; Kittle, 2013; Miller, 2009; 2013) This is important. The recipe for growing readers really isn’t that complicated. First, give students access to many, many books. Then allow them to select the titles that interest them and with which they will experience great success. And then, let them read."

In order to encourage students to read and thereby become better readers, the MTE Library has in place the following policies and procedures:


Number of Books Checked Out

  • Kindergarten: Fall - Two items; Spring - Four items
  • Grade 1: Five items
  • Grades 2 - 5: Up to ten items 


Library Tags for Self-Checkout


  • Students in grades 2 (second semester), 3, 4, and 5 receive library tags for self-checkout.
  • Students should loop library tag lanyards around the hinge of their desks in the classroom.  Tags should not be stored inside the desk or taken home.
  • Students must bring their library tags for media.  They may not return to the classroom to retrieve them later. Students who forget their tags may still check out with an adult at the circulation desk.
  • With the classroom teacher's permission, students may come to the library ANY TIME they need another book.  NOTE: Please give students a specific time to return to class, or send them with a timer.


Overdue Books


  • Students may continue to check out if they have overdue books.  (We have all forgotten things; nobody's perfect.)
  • If a student repeatedly forgets to return books, parents will be contacted via e-mail and/or a phone call.
  • Students who have "maxed out" and are not returning books may check out one book at a time and keep it in their desk in the classroom.  Regular checkout privileges resume when overdue books are returned.



  • To encourage self-selected reading, students may place holds on books they wish to read.  When those books are returned to the library, we check them out to the student and put them in the classroom teacher's mailbox.
  • Students may place holds by completing a hold slip in the library, or by logging into their account from anywhere. Students learn how to log in during computer lab specials. 



  • E-readers are welcome in the library.  
  • After checkout, students are expected to read until the start of the lesson.  During that time, e-readers may be used for reading only, not for playing games or communicating with classmates. 

Returning Library Books

  • On the day of your regularly scheduled media class, please return books first thing in the morning, so that they can be checked in before students want to check out more books. 
  • Library books may be returned any day of the week, not just on the day students are scheduled to come to the library.
  • Students who return the baskets are expected to stack the books neatly, back covers up, on the flat carts near the circulation desk.

Media Class Structure

  • Students in grades 2-5 should start 10 minutes of silent reading as soon as they arrive. Silent reading is followed by checkout, then a read aloud and/or a lesson.
  • Students in kindergarten and grade 1 should sit on a sit-spot in the sunroom when they arrive. After our read-aloud and activity, students check out, then read by themselves or with a friend. As time allows, we may read another book before dismissal.