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WELCOME to the WATERFORD OAKS LIBRARY
MISSION OF THE CEDAR HILL SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA PROGRAM
The mission of the Cedar Hill School Library Media Program is to support the curriculum of the Cedar Hill Independent School District, and as part of that mission provide access to current, adequate, and appropriate information resources, and to ensure that all students, teachers, and staff are effective users of ideas and information.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How many books are students allowed to check out?
Students in grade 1 are allowed to have 1 book checked out at a time, and 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students may check out 2 books. Kindergarten students will keep books in their classroom. Students must return their library book each week during their scheduled class time. However, students may recheck most books one additional time if necessary. Two exceptions are Playaways and graphic novels. Due to demand, these books are expected back after one week.)
What happens if a student has overdue or lost books?
Students may not check out more books until overdue books are returned, or lost or damaged books are paid for. Once books have been returned or paid for, check out privileges are immediately restored.
What are the charges for an overdue, lost, or damaged book?
Students are not charged fines for overdue books. The charge for a lost or damaged book is determined by the average cost of a library book as published yearly by the American Library Association. Currently, the replacement cost for most hard cover books is about $20. Playaways are approximately $40-$50 each.
What are Playaways?
Playaways are preloaded digital audio books which look similar to iPods. These items are available for check out ONLY to students in grade 4,and only to those who have parental permission slips on file. These may be checked out for only 1 week at a time. Students must also purchase individual earbud sets for use with Playaways for $1.00
Collection Development Policy
The board generally shall rely on its professional staff to select and acquire instructional resources that:
- Enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration students' varied interests, abilities, learning styles, and maturity levels.
- Stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, and societal standards.
- Present various sides of controversial issues so that students have an opportunity to develop, under guidance, skills in critical analysis and in making informed judgments in their daily lives.
- Represent many religious, ethnic, and cultural groups and their contributions to the national heritage and world community.
The school receiving a complaint about the appropriateness of an instructional resource shall try to resolve the matter informally using the following procedure:
- The principal or other knowledgeable professional staff shall explain the school's selection process, the criteria for selection, and the qualifications of the professional staff who selected the questioned material.
- The principal or other knowledgeable professional staff shall explain the role the questioned material plays in the education program, its intended educational usefulness, and any additional information regarding its use.
- If the questioner wishes to make a formal challenge, the principal shall hand deliver or mail a copy of the policy and a Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials form to the concerned party.
Weeding is the process of withdrawing obsolete, out-of-date, worn or unsuitable materials from the library media collection. Weeding is an ongoing process that helps to keep the collection current and to meet the needs of the students and faculty. An item that is no longer current or books that represent sexist or gender discrimination, and worn/damaged materials will be weeded.
(All policies and information taken from the Cedar Hill Independent School District Library Manual.)