The mission of the Library is to encourage students to become effective users of ideas and information and life long lovers of reading and literature.
The Spaulding School Library Media Center contains over 14,500 volumes, over 17 periodicals, and an extensive audio visual collection. All PC computers are networked and connected to the internet. The Library Media Center uses Follett software for circulation.
Our library media center is used for scheduled class times as well as for student research projects, exchanging books, etc. The library staff works closely with other staff members collaborating to coordinate with various curriculum areas.
"Reading aloud to your child is the best preparation for learning to read"
Book-borrowing is an essential part of developing enthusiastic readers, and we try to make this as positive an experience as possible. Books are checked out for one week, but may be renewed as long as no other child is waiting for them. Preschoolers and kindergartners and may check out one book at a time. First and Second graders may have up to 2 books/magazines checked out at a time. Exceptions are made when a classroom research project requires additional books.
If a child has checked out the maximum number of books and does not return them on library day, no more books can be checked out until they are returned. However, with the classroom teacher's permission, books may be exchanged on any day during the week. A child need not wait until the next class visit. The library is open every morning at the beginning of school for exchange of materials and also during open periods during the day. This includes the exchange of an overdue book as well as the return of books finished before the scheduled library time.
Overdue notices will be sent out once the book is overdue. These are reminders to get books back as soon as possible so other children and teachers can enjoy them. We do not charge fines.
- If you know a book has been lost or damaged, let us know so we can tell you the cost of replacing it.
- If you think a book has been returned or your child is sure the book was never borrowed, return the overdue slip to us with a note saying so. We will try to clear up the problem.
At the end of the year, a bill will be sent home for any overdue books that are still outstanding.
The Spaulding Memorial School will host a Book Fair in the Fall. Notices will be sent home with each student re: dates, times, and a sales brochure showing some of the books available. Each class will have a chance to visit the fair to create a wish list of books. On the following school day students will return their wish list selections along with payment. Parents will have an opportunity to purchase during the evening times. All proceeds benefit the school library and classrooms.
The Spaulding Memorial Elementary School Library loves volunteers!
The school library depends on volunteers to help with the day to day operations of shelving returns, helping children select materials, material exchange, and various special projects. In addition, we have volunteers join classes to help with beginning research projects. Your presence allows the children to have more direct adult attention. If you are interested in volunteering at the library, please contact Pat Jeanig.