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Visits: Students visit the library weekly, at a scheduled
time, with their class.
of Items students check out:
KDG: one 1st-2nd: two 3rd, 4th, 5th:
This reflects the number of books or magazines a student may have
out at any one time. However, students have access to the library
daily and may come each day, with teacher permission, for a new
item, provided they return the previous one(s). Books being used
for classroom reading with a teacher or for classroom assignment
purposes are not counted toward the total of items students may
have checked out at any one time. Students in K, 1st, & 2nd
grades have storytime, in addition to checking out books, at their
a student may exchange one or all items at their weekly library
visit. Items can be renewed provided another student or teacher
is not waiting for that item. The book or magazine must be present
to be renewed.
of Sign-Out: All items check out for one week with the
exception of books in our Fiction Collection and the Book Room Collection.
The checkout period for the chapter books in the Fiction Collection
is 2 weeks. Book Room books are generally used for guided reading
with a classroom teacher and are checked out for as long as they
are needed. The Kennedy LRC owns a large number of magazines that
are of interest to students. Students may only have one magazine
checked out at a time.
and Lost Book Policy: We know that accidents happen
to books. Puppies really do chew them, water can get spilled on
them, younger siblings use them for art projects, or they just
disappear! If a book becomes accidentally damaged or lost, it
is your responsibility to report this to the LRC staff and, if
necessary, to replace the item. If a book or magazine page accidentally
rips, please do not attempt to repair it at home. We use special
book tapes and glue, which resist heat and do not discolor. Return
the book with a note and we will gladly repair it. If a library
item becomes damaged beyond repair, or is lost, you will be required
to replace or pay for it. You may replace an item, provided the
same type is replaced. However, please check with us before replacing
a hardback edition, most of our books are library editions, meant
to take heavy use, and not the trade edition sold in bookstores.
If major damage occurs, please return the book with a note, so
that your child may still have library privileges. As long as
we are aware that you know the book is damaged and will need to
be replaced, you child may continue to borrow items from the library.
LRC staff will contact you with details, before your student's
school account is billed, should this become necessary.
Policy: We do not charge a fine for overdue books. Overdue
notices are sent home weekly. If your child has received a notice,
it will be for an item that is 10 or more days overdue. For students
with item(s) that are one month or more overdue, we reserve the
right to suspend borrowing privileges until the overdue item(s)
are returned. Students who have chronic overdues may have borrowing
privileges suspended or limited. We attempt to instill a sense of
responsibility while a book is in the possession of our students.
This means they are responsible for it while it is checked out in
their name and for returning it, on time, so others may borrow it.
Please help us to reinforce this very important character trait
Fairs: Both the Fall and Spring Scholastic Book Fair
events support the LRC and help to put more books on the library
shelves! The school Book Fairs are held in conjunction with conferences.
You will receive more information from Book Fair Coordinators in
you child's Thursday Mailbag a few weeks before these events take
Our next Book Fair will be held during Fall, 2011
Families may donate a new book to the LRC in honor of a special
occasion, in appreciation of a teacher or staff member, in memory
of a loved one, or for any reason. Inscribed bookplates are placed
in the book to acknowlege the gift. Books to be donated may be selected
from a "Wish List" available from the LRC staff. Donations
of used books are also accepted. Books must meet selection criteria
established by the Dubuque Community School District and be a good
addition to the Kennedy LRC specifically. If you would like to purchase
a book for the school library or would like to make a donation,
please contact the LRC staff.
LOVE our Volunteers! We maintain a collection of over
23,000 items and manage an average daily circulation of approximately
250 books. These are exciting statistics that bring special challenges.
It is a huge task to keep our books shelved and orderly. We could
not do this without the help of our dedicated volunteers. We also
need assistance with covering books and preparing them to become
part of the collection. If you would like to become a library volunteer
at Kennedy School, please contact the library staff at 552-3922.
We would love to have you!