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D.L. “Dusty” Dickens Elementary School
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Grades 1 5 Book Check Out Letter

  1. 1. D.L. “Dusty” Dickens Elementary School Library Media Center 5550 Milan Peak Street North Las Vegas, NV 89081 702.799.3878 (phone) 702.799.3871 (fax) www.MrsBentheim.com Dear Families, Welcome to the Dickens Elementary School Library Media Center! Your child will come to the library media center every week to learn about computers and technologies, conduct research, and hear quality pieces of children’s literature. Beyond all of this, your child will borrow library media center materials. During each week’s regularly scheduled library class, your child will return the previous week’s books and check out for the following week. The number of books will depend on the grade level (please see below). If your child does not return the previous week’s book(s) on time, he or she will not be permitted to borrow another book until the book(s) is/are returned. We take book health seriously. In accordance with CCSD Regulation 5134, fines are given for damaged books. If a book is lost or damaged beyond repair, the book must be paid for with cash or a money order made payable to the Dickens Elementary School Library Media Center. Please read the back of this page for details on fines and replacement costs. If your child moves to another school within CCSD without returning a book, please have it returned to us through the child’s new school librarian. Please read through the following selected policies and expectations and take the time to discuss them with your child. Book Care Expectations: • Keep books clean; wash hands before touching. • Keep books in a safe place away from babies, pets, food, and liquids. • Turn pages carefully from the corner and use a bookmark to mark your place. Never write or draw in a book. • When you are not reading your library books, keep them in your backpack or in your classroom at school. Selected Dickens Library Media Center Policies: 1. Students will be allowed to check out the pre-determined number of books each week. 2. Books must be returned after one week. No other books may be borrowed if your child has any late books. 3. If a book is lost or damaged, the student must pay to replace it per CCSD policy. Most of our books have special reinforced bindings which make the books costly to replace. 4. At Dickens, we believe you must read to succeed. All children need to read or be read to daily along with visiting the public library. 5. To read our entire policies and procedures manual, please visit our library media center website at www.MrsBentheim.com. Family Book Selection: Please take some time to discuss the types of books you want your child to be reading. Also take the time to discuss any topics you do not want your child to be reading about. They need to know your expectations. Documents to Return: Attached to this letter you will find the Patron Agreement for the Dickens Library Media Center, as well as the Library Media Center-specific Permission Slip, and an application for the Birthday Book Club. Please read all three documents carefully and return them to the school library media specialist by the end of the first week of school. Thank you for supporting our library media center! Kindergarten* 1 book First Grade 1 -2 books Happy reading! Second Grade 2-3 books Third Grade 3-4 books Christina A. Bentheim, M.Ed. Fourth Grade 4-5 books School Library Media Specialist Fifth Grade 5 books cbentheim@interact.ccsd.net *With written parental permission Attachments: Patron Agreement for the Dickens Library Media Center (REQUIRED) Library Media Center-specific Permission Slip (REQUIRED) Birthday Book Club Application (OPTIONAL)
  2. 2. The Dickens Elementary School Library Media Center PATRON AGREEMENT Fines and Damaged, Overdue, or Lost Materials: Borrowing books from the Dickens LMC is free. There is no charge for checking books out unless a title is lost or damaged. If this happens, the library media center should be compensated within about two weeks of the event. All payments need to be made with a money order made payable to the Dickens Library Media Center or cash. If there is a zone of cost ($1.00-$5.00), the actual amount will be determined by the librarian’s professional judgment on a case by case basis. The cost depends on 1) the amount of damage and 2) the total value of the book. Students need to pay the entire replacement cost of any book that the librarian determines to be seriously damaged per CCSD Regulation 5134. Books achieve this status when there is enough moisture, writing, food, or physical damage so that an item can no longer circulate. The average cost of a paperback book is $8.00 and most hard cover books cost $20.00. Since these are average costs, the amount due for a replacement may be greater or less, depending on the actual value of a particular title. This is also true for lost books. Students are taught, reminded, and expected to examine all newly borrowed books for damage and report any blemishes to the library staff. This is done to protect the patron from being held responsible for another’s book abuse. Given limited time and resources, the library staff is unable to check every library book as it is returned. Instead, students are trained extensively from kindergarten through fifth grade to examine their newly checked out library books for damage before they leave the library media center. Students are instructed, strongly encouraged, and continually reminded to show any damage (ripped pages, markings, liquid damage, etc.) in their newly checked out books to the library staff. This is done so that 1) the library staff can repair the book (if possible), 2) the previous person who checked the book out will receive a fine (if necessary), and 3) the student who currently has the book is protected from any fines or damage costs. If a student does not check her/his book for harm before leaving the library with newly checked out books, the student is gambling on the assumption that the book is free of damage. Such students who do not follow library policies and procedures undermine the library system and enable others to "get away" with damaging books. Thus students who check out damaged books and do not show damage to the library staff before leaving the library media center will be held responsible for all costs. No exceptions! Overdue notices will be delivered to students in sealed envelopes to protect privacy as stipulated by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). A weekly report of fines will also be printed and posted outside of the LMC entrance. (To protect student privacy, only ID numbers will be listed.) • Students with overdue books will lose borrowing privileges. Privileges will be restored when overdue books are returned or fines have been paid. Loan periods are subject to change depending on patron's on-time turn-in record. • Students must pay for lost books or books damaged beyond repair regardless of if the fine was initiated at Dickens Elementary School. If the fine remains unpaid, student high school diplomas will be withheld at the high school’s discretion until the account is settled. • Fines may also be assessed for limited damage that results from abuse or neglect on the part of the student. In no case should a fine exceed 25% of the full purchase of the item. For additional information about the Lost and Damaged Materials Policy, see CCSD Regulation 5134 and NRS 393.170. • If a student is unable to pay a fine, the responsibility rests with the student to make arrangements to pay off the debt by working in the media center before or after school for $2.00 per hour in 15-30-minute increments—with parental permission. Moving In and Moving Out: When a new student arrives at Dickens Elementary School, all library media center debts to the former CCSD school must be taken care of before a student can check out books here. Leaving a school with books from the library is irresponsible. We will do the favor of returning any books or compensation to the former school. If a student leaves Dickens with library books, the student and parent/guardian should find some way to return the books, get a replacement to us, or pay the value of the book(s). You can 1) personally drop the books or money off at the school office, 2) give the books or money to the librarian at the new school library (within CCSD) to send to us, or 3) mail the books or money to us at: Dickens Elementary School, 5550 Milan Peak St., North Las Vegas, NV 89081. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ PLEASE CUT HERE Date: _____________________ 1. STUDENT, if you agree with this contract, neatly print your first and last name as it appears in official school records (no nicknames or abbreviations): I, ______________________________________________ will return my library materials on time. If I am responsible for a damaged or lost book, I will compensate the library within a reasonable amount of time. I agree that two weeks is a reasonable amount of time to pay for lost or damaged items. 2. PARENT/GUARDIAN, if you agree with this contract, print your first and last name: I, ______________________________________________ have read and understand the procedures for having my child borrow library books. I will make certain that my child returns books on time and pays for lost or damaged items within about two weeks. 3) Student Number (also known as “the lunch number”) _______________________________ 4) Classroom Teacher’s Name: _____________________________________________ 5) Grade: ___________ ***Please return this form to the school library media specialist***