Check Out Policies
Kindergarten checks out 1 book each week. During the 1st 9 weeks, we put books out for students to choose from to expose students to a variety of characters and authors. We teacher proper book care and library procedures. As students become better at these skills, we teach them how to choose books that will be “just right” for them from the shelves beginning with the “Grab and Go” shelf (2nd 9 weeks) and continuing throughout the Fiction section.
1st Graders check out 1 “free choice” book during the 1st semester. We instruct students on choosing a “just right” book.
During the 2nd semester, we instruct and encourage students to choose a book that they will be able to read independently or with a bit of help (based on STAR results) as well as a second book, either “free choice” or one in their reading range.
2nd, 3rd, and 4th Graders check out 2 books. We encourage at least one of these books to be AR unless you have told us otherwise. If your class is doing a special project, please let us know and a 3rd book may be checked out. Students are welcome to come and swap out books as they finish them and as their teacher permits.
Pre K and Kindergarten – Students must return their book to checkout a new one. Books that are lost must be paid for before checkout privileges can resume. A notice will be sent for a book that is 2 or more weeks overdue. If a lost book is paid for and then found, a refund will be issued.
1st Grade – When checking out one book, students must return their book to checkout a new one. When checking out two books, students must return one book to get a new one. A notice will be sent for a book that is 2 or more weeks overdue. If a lost book is paid for and then found, a refund will be issued.
2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade – When checking out two books, students must return one book to get a new one. A notice will be sent for a book that is 2 or more weeks overdue. If a lost book is paid for and then found, a refund will be issued.
Damaged books including those that are returned wet, chewed, drawn in/on, etc. will need to be paid for before additional books are checked out.
A Word About Free Choice
It is my belief that a “free choice” book, should be just that, a book that a child has chosen for themselves. We as adults may not like their choice, but all children deserve to have the opportunity to choose this book for themselves. In the CDS library, we make a habit to not critique or judge a child’s choice. Some students may choose a book that is way too difficult for their independent reading level, but they may have someone reading to them at home or want to fit in with their peers. Others may choose a book that is beneath their instructional level, but that they want to read because it looks interesting to them. In the CDS library, we are all about making kids love to read and want to come to the library. We don’t want anyone feeling like we are passing judgement on a child’s ability or interests. We will instruct students about choosing “just right” books (K – 1) and books in their reading range (1 – 4), but the choice will always be up to them.