• Policy

    Chukker Creek Library has an open library policy.  Students are welcome to come to the library from 7am to 3pm each day.  Email message anytime! The media specialist is here to help with technology and reading.

    Kindergartners and 1st graders are allowed one book per week. Second grade to 5th grade are allowed two books per week. Students visit the library for 45 minutes classes every week for an instructional session, followed by check-out.   Students are allowed to come to the media center with the teacher's permission whenever they need new books.

    Books are due back in one week, but can be renewed for additional weeks. The media center has 12 computers with internet access & programs for research and classroom-related activities. I welcome and enjoy collaborating with classes, so please contact the librarian. 

     

    Chukker Creek Elementary School Library Media Center

    Collection Development Plan

    Vision Statement:   CCE library will provide a welcoming environment that offers a balanced collection to serve the needs of all its users.

    Mission Statement:  To accomplish the CCE mission, we will... 

    Synergize with all stakeholders.

    Commit to our purpose and vision.

    Build relationships and communicate worth and potential. 

    Goals:

    The goal of the library is to promote a love for reading that will develop an appreciation for books to become information-literate and life-long readers. The library strives to provide patrons with materials that will enrich and support the educational program of the school. It is the responsibility of the school media center to provide a wide range of materials at different levels of difficulty, with diversity of appeal, and representing different points of view. The inclusion of any item in a collection does not necessarily mean that the media center or school advocates or endorses the contents of that item. 

    Objectives:

    The goals of the media specialists are: 

    1. To teach students to access, evaluate, and use information.

    2. To maintain a well-balanced collection of materials appropriate to the needs of the school.

    3. To provide assistance in locating and using instructional materials.

    4. To promote instruction in information to students and faculty.

    5. To provide planned instructional materials that will stimulate growth in factual knowledge and literary appreciation. 

    Policies and Procedures 

    The Chukker Creek Elementary Media Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:00am - 3:00pm. 

    Student Checkouts: Kindergartners and 1st graders are allowed one book per week.  Second grade to 5th grade are allowed two books per week. Students visit the library for 45 minutes classes once or twice a week for an instructional session, followed by check-out.   Students are allowed to come to the media center with teacher permission whenever they need new books.

    Books are due back in one week, but can be renewed for additional weeks. The media center has 12 computers with internet access & programs for research and classroom related activities.

    Materials are due back in one week, or may be renewed for an additional week as long as no student has requested the book. Special permission may be granted for more materials when necessary. 

    Staff/Faculty Checkout:

    They may check out an unlimited amount of materials for as long as needed. All materials must be checked-out; laptops are issued by the district office at the beginning of each school year. student magazines will be given to students. 

    Overdue Materials:

    Overdue notices are sent home every 9 weeks/report card schedule. There are no fines for overdue books. 

    Lost or Damaged Books:

    If a book is lost or damaged and the amount equals $10/or more, then the book must be paid for before additional books can be checked out. The replacement cost of the book is stated on the overdue notices. Payment for a lost book will be reimbursed should the book is found or returned in good condition. A book that is equivalent to the damaged/lost book can be turned into the media center instead of money.  Students are also allowed to use good behavior tickets for damaged/lost books.  

    Collection Overview 

    ∙ There are more than 11,780 print and digital items in our current collection 

    ∙ Current needs of the collection include keeping the library collection updated in all subject areas.  We strive to keep the collection younger than 12 years old.  The current collection age is 10 years with the average copyright date of 2013. 

    ∙ Curriculum related materials are needed for science, technology, and history. We are also in need of more electronic databases and updated reference materials. 

    Budgeting Procedures:

    Each school year, an allocated amount of money is generated by the school district for each library based on student enrollment. On the assigned day by the district office, each student enrolled is given $9.42 allocated to the book/materials budget.  This amount varies from year to year based on available funding and enrollment numbers. 

    Each year, the media specialist will survey students and teachers for titles needed to supplement collection. Department of Education provides guidelines for balanced collections.  (https://ed.sc.gov/educators/school-and-district-administrators/certified-support-specialists/library-media-specialists/standards-for-school-library-resource-collections/standards-for-school-library-resource-collections-pdf/

    Professional Resources:

    1. School Library Journal 

    2. Horn Book 

    3. Booklist 

    4. Weeding Guidelines 

    The library’s collection will continually be evaluated in accordance with curriculum changes, new material formats, interests and needs of users, and changing instructional methods. Weeding is essential to maintain a relevant and attractive collection. Appropriate measures will be taken to dispose of discarded materials. 

    Materials will be removed from the collection when items: 

    ∙ Are in poor physical condition 

    ∙ Have low circulation statistics 

    ∙ Contain inaccurate information 

    ∙ Contain obsolete subject matter 

    ∙ Are superseded by more current information 

    ∙ Are no longer needed to support the curriculum or student or faculty interests 

     

    Challenged Materials Policy: 

    Any resident or employee of the school district may formally challenge library materials used in the district’s school’s library program on the basis of appropriateness. This procedure is for the purpose of considering the opinions of those persons in the schools and community who are not directly involved in the selection process. Challenged materials should be brought to the attention of school personnel and tried to be resolved informally. If the complainant wishes to file a formal challenge, a copy of the district Selection of Library Material Policy and request for Reconsideration of Library Materials form should be handled and mailed to the party concerned by the librarian or building administrator. Upon receipt of a request for formal reconsideration of library material, the administrator will appoint a reconsideration committee. The committee shall review the challenged material and judge whether it conforms to the principles of selection outlined in the district’s Selection of Materials policy.

    Library Bill of Rights:

     The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services. I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation. II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval. III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment. IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas. V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views. VI. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use. 

     

    Battle of the Books Club (and Competition)

    What is it? 

    Battle of the Books is a reading competition designed to improve reading and comprehension while building enthusiasm for reading using a fun and unique competition format. Students will compete in teams to demonstrate their knowledge of 8-10 preselected books. 

    Who can compete? 

    Fourth and fifth grade students are eligible to compete. More eligibility requirements will be posted after initial sign ups in the fall.