Frequently Asked Questions: This page contains answers to common questions
of students and parents.
- How often does my child go to library?
- What do you do in the library?
- How many books can my child check out?
- Can a book be renewed?
- How long is the circulation period.
- What happens if a book is lost?
- How does the volunteer program work?
- How does the Birthday Club work?
- Can I volunteer to work at the Book Fair?
- Are there any other ways to volunteer?
How often does my child go to library?
With the new six-day rotation, each class will have the opportunity to visit the library twice in the six days
cycle and each period will last forty-five minutes.
What do you do in the library?
Each library session is divided into two parts: a session dealing with how to find books in the library,
examining the variety of books, authors, non-fiction books, etc. The library is one of the doors to learning
about the wonderful world around us and I use many methods to hook the children into the fun of learning and exploration.
The second part of the period is used for book selection. The children are encouraged to be as independent as
possible in their selection, to check it out at the circulation desk and to be responsible for its care and return.
How many books can my child check out?
Each child is allowed to check out one book at a time.
Can a book be renewed?
If a book is a chapter book and the child needs more time to finish, then certainly.
However, if another child is waiting for the same book, then we would like to be able
to share as quickly as possible.
How long is the circulation period.
Books are checked out for a one week period. This year with the six-day rotation, we will
allow any child who returns a book within the six-days, to check out another.
What happens if a book is lost?
If a book is lost, we recommend paying for it so that the student may continue to check out books. If the book is found, a refund will be given.
How does the volunteer program work?
We prefer one volunteer who can commit to the time slot each week. However, two or more volunteers
may alternate weeks. For safety issues, the school discourages the presence of younger siblings while their parents are here
volunteering. The volunteer coordinator is Andrea Green for the 2012-2013 school year.
How does the Birthday Club work?
In this program, parents may donate money for a book to celebrate a child's birthday.
New books are kept for this purpose and the child makes a selection. A bookplate at the
front of the books gives the child's name and birthdate, which then becomes part of the
library collection. The birthday child, however, gets to be the first to check out the book.
Each child will also receive a colorful button as a small thank you. The Birthday Club volunteer is
Melissa Scheirey for the 2012-2013 school year.
Can I volunteer to work at the Book Fair?
We welcome volunteer help for the Scholastic Book Fair which will be held in December.
Are there any other ways to volunteer?
If you have an expertise that you would like to share,
please contact Mrs. Patch. In the past, we have had authors speak, artists
with the Topsfield quilters, and a parent who made exquisite altered books!
We would love to share your gifts and expertise!