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The Library Media Center at Straughn Elementary School

At Straughn Elementary School assisting the students in the library is a collaborative effort between the classroom teacher and the librarian. Each class is assigned a library class period each week and the librarian assists the student(s) in selecting appropriate reading material(s) to meet the students’ required reading goals.   


The library is open at 7:45 a. m. on most mornings for checking in/rechecking library books and/or paying fines.  Students should not come to the library during the announcements, the playing of our National Anthem, and/or recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, etc.  In addition to a student's regularly scheduled class library period, a student may check out books during his/her scheduled snack time, thus avoiding the loss of valuable classroom instruction time.  These times will be noted/designated on the library's master schedule. Students should not check out books after 2:30 p.m. each afternoon.


With the teacher's permission, a student may check out up to two books for two weeks and the books may be rechecked (renewed) if necessary; however, a student may not check out a book if he/she has an overdue book.  In order to recheck a book or books, the student must present the book(s) to the circulation desk for such.  Date due cards are placed inside the book card pocket for the convenience of the student(s).  There is a grace period of five days during which time no fine is calculated; HOWEVER, if a checkout remains out past the grace period, the student may be assessed the replacement cost if the book is not returned.   


As the library door is seldom locked during the school day and for the students' convenience, there is a book drop located in the library. Upon the receipt of the first overdue notice, the student should come to the library, as soon as possible, and check in the book(s) OR recheck the book(s). During Book Fairs or other special occasions, a student is limited to one check out at a time. *****During the month of May and until all books are due, the student(s) may check out one book at a time, thus having only one book checked out in the student's name. 


For lost/badly damaged books, the student will be charged the full price of the book; the minimum cost of a book will be $10.00.  There will be a minimum charge of $2.00 for mildly damaged books, such as torn pages, getting wet, dog/cat chewing, writing or coloring in the book, or other damage* while checked out in the student's name.  As with other "lost and paid for" school items, the library does not issue refunds. If the book is returned after payment for said book has been made and it is possible to return the book to the student at the time, the book becomes the property of the student.  If it is not possible to return the book to the student easily or quickly, the book will be returned to the library's collection. Please contact Ms. Astrid Evers, SES Library Media Specialist, at (334) 427-1311 if you have questions or need clarification on library procedures. 


Throughout the year, minor changes may be made without disrupting the over-all library program.


*Damage to a book while in the student’s care will be assessed after discussion with the student. Students are responsible for school property and should take appropriate measures to keep books safe and protected.


Alabama School Library Media Common Beliefs

The school library is a unique and essential part of a learning community.

Qualified school librarians lead effective school libraries.

Learners should be prepared for college, career, and life.

Reading is the core of personal and academic competency.

Intellectual freedom is every learner’s right.

Information technologies must be appropriately integrated and equitably available.