Harbor View Elementary School

Harbor View Elementary
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Harbor View Library

Welcome

Reading is a crucial skill that we embrace here at Harbor View Elementary. We encourage all of our students to read independently daily for pleasure. All of students are invited to check out books from the school library and enjoy a whole other world of entertainment.

Have an extraordinary year!

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CHECK OUT GUIDELINES

Dear Parents and Students: To help maintain the efficiency of the library this year please read over the following guidelines.

  • The library will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 2:30pm except for Wednesday when it will close at 1:25pm.
  • Students and parents are responsible for the material checked out until it is returned to the library.
  • Students are allowed to check out 2 library books.
  • If a student has an overdue book, they are not allowed to check out any further items until the overdue item is returned. Prompt attention to overdue notices is important.
  • The cost for lost or damaged must be paid before further items can be checked out.
  • Students are allowed to renew a book, if there is not a wait list, but it must be returned to the library to do so. Books not returned will be considered overdue.
  • Students may request a book that is already checked out by another student. A hold will be placed on the book and the student will be notified when the book is available.
  • These rules have been explained to the students but if parents have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The Harbor View Library

Overdue, Lost, and, Damaged Books

Library Procedures & Overdue Book Policy:
Students can check out 2 books at a time, students who have overdue materials may not check out materials until the overdue materials are returned. There are no exceptions to this policy. If they are not finished with a book by their items due date, they may bring it in to be renewed. We do not charge late fees like the public library, but any lost or damaged books must be paid for in full.
Students are reminded of overdue items when they come to the library and overdue notices are sent out on a routine basis. Students will be obligated to pay for lost or damaged materials by the end of the school year. This information is printed on overdue notices and can be shared with students or parents when needed. Students are asked to always inspect their books before checking out in order to avoid being charged for someone else’s damage. When the student knows that a library book has been damaged while in his/her care, he/she is to tell Miss Melissa as soon as possible.

Checkout Procedures
All books are checked out for one week. Items may be renewed, unless there is a waiting list for popular titles.
1st through 6th grade may check out two books at a time.

Book Selection
Every effort is made to help your child select books that are both interesting to them and on an appropriate level for their age. However, only you can ultimately decide what is appropriate for your child. If your child comes home with a book that you feel is inappropriate for them, please send the book back to the library and they may check out a different book. You may contact me at mkrushat@nmusd.us and I will do my best to ensure that your child follows your preferences in selecting reading materials.

Reference Materials
Reference materials are to be used by students in the library media center. Teachers may check out reference materials for use in the classroom when needed.

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What Range is my book?

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You can search for book titles based on authors, topics, or titles of books. Just type what you want to search for in the blank field above and click Go. You will then be able to sort your search results, select book titles to add to your AR BookBag, print a list of your search results, or start a new search.

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AR BOOK FINDER LINK

Our library is only a small selection of of what makes up the Accelerated Reader Catalog, this means your student can test on any A/R book even if we do not have the book in our library.

Here is a quick link to search to see if a title your student is reading at home has an A/R test, the level and point value.

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When selecting titles not in our library you might want to check out the A/R "Interest Level" to be sure the book is age appropriate for your student.

What is Interest Level (IL)?

Interest level is based on a book's content including them, characterization, and plot. The interest level attached to the book indicates age group appropriateness. Interest level designations reflect the judgment of the book's publisher and the professionals at Renaissance Learning. We group content appropriateness into four categories.

LG = Lower Grades (K-3);
MG = Middle Grades (4-8);
MG+ = Middle Grades Plus (6 and up);
UG = Upper Grades (9-12).

Please know that the final decision as to whether the content of a specific book is appropriate for a particular student is the responsibility of the parents.

**Please Be Advised:
There are books within the AR system that are more mature or adult in theme, subject matter or language than what we would carry in an elementary school library. There will be some books that involve issues that you, understandably, don't want your children reading about yet.

A major factor is that the books are assigned their AR level based on the AR company’s evaluation of the vocabulary & reading ease or difficulty - NOT on subject matter. Additionally, more & more books seem to be appearing which have an elementary grade reading level, but which involve subject matter more appropriate to older teens. These are called YA, which stands for “young adult”, or sometimes "high interest books" Their target audience is, for example, a 17 yr old reading at a 3rd-5th grade level. The book is written more "simply" but is about subjects thought to be of interest to older teens, in an effort to motivate low-performing readers. It makes sense in many ways, but does provide some problems for parents of younger readers.

You may want to check the interest-level noted for the book and be cautious of any that are labeled YA.