Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!
Dear parents and students,
Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! I’m excited to continue promoting reading and encouraging the students to achieve their AR goals as they return from their restful summer break. Below are the library’s guidelines and some helpful resources to assist students/parents throughout the year.
Some guidelines for the library include a two book limit and each student may keep the books for a four week period. If all books are returned within four weeks, class and student incentives will be given this year! Receipts in the back of each book will show each student’s due date for his/her book(s) and the name of the check out(s). After two weeks, a renewal will be required. Students will be allowed to renew their own books this year! Going online into the Grimmer catalog , signing in using their Google name before the lcstudents.com, and adding their password (their ID number), students may renew their own books, create personal book lists, and put books on hold. The renew, personal reading lists, and hold options are only available once students sign into their accounts using the Grimmer library catalog. The Grimmer library catalog of books can be found at https://library.lcsc.us/# by selecting The Catalog. Then choose Michael Grimmer Middle School and start your book search!
E-books and audio books can be checked out to students just like library books by going to https://library.lcsc.us/middle-school-electronic-resources/ at the bottom where it states Download audiobooks/ebooks. To get into their Follett account, the student’s login is their Google name before the lcstudents.com in their Google email address and their password is their ID number. Students can also download the Sora app at Apple App Store or Google Play Store to access even more online books. Download the Sora app and sign in with the same info as the Follett account above to get reading. Audio books are very helpful for reluctant readers! Please take a look around online! This is a very easy way to keep your students reading at home on their Smart Phones, Ipads, and Kindles without needing to go to the library! You can add to your account the Lake Central School Corporation, the Lake County Libraries, and many other libraries in this area to increase book and search options. Can you imagine having the option of three or more libraries at your fingertips without leaving your home?! Now is the time to embrace the option for online reading! With teacher permission, you MAY bring electronic devices into class to use for reading purposes only. Please ask your teacher for permission and then get reading online!
Additional resources (Arbookfinder, AR Home Connect, Lake County Public Library, etc.) can be found at https://library.lcsc.us/grimmer-middle-school/# under Useful Links. If you ever want to check if a book is an AR book, please go to www.arbookfind.com and search the title of the book.
After the four week period is up for having book(s) checked out, the book(s) will be marked mising in the student’s account. There are NO BOOK FINES this year, but if the book(s) is/are not returned, are lost, or are damaged, the full cost of the book(s) will be charged to the student’s account. A block will be placed on the student’s account until the fine is paid in full or the book(s) is/are found and returned. Checks (made out to Grimmer Middle School) or cash is accepted to clear any balance on a student’s account.
Each LA class will have its own library day/time every two weeks. The 5th graders will come to the library weekly. The library is open from 8-8:35 each Tuesday and Thursday morning during tutoring time and during the day for students to check out/return books, work on projects, and/or clear any library debts. The library is not the location for doing homework and hanging out in the morning or during Advisory period. Students must remain in the cafeteria during morning hours or attend tutoring unless they have been given permission to use the library for a specific reason. Printing is allowed in the library with librarian permission. Each student may come to the library during the day and passing period with permission from his/her teacher and with a library pass. If students use their passing periods for library time and end up tardy to class, they will receive consequences from their teachers.
AR tests are to be taken in each student’s LA class in front of his/her LA teacher. Students may take AR tests within the library ONLY with permission from their LA teacher or librarian.
Most books within the library consist of topics, language, and issues addressing and attracting the average middle schooler. However, there are some upper grade level books (Young Adult) that may not be appropriate for all students within Grimmer. Each of these books is labled with a “YA” label.
PLEASE NOTE: Young Adult titles may contain controversial themes, mature content, and/or profanity. These books will also be more challenging to read and understand. Therefore, I ask that if you do NOT want your student to check out the YA (young adult) books, please sign and return the exclusion sheet below. If I do not receive this portion signed and returned, I assume YA are acceptable for your child to check out from the library.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns throughout the school year. I’m excited to start another year and hope this year is successful for all Grimmer readers!
My office: 219-865-6985