School Library Policy

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River Mill Elementary School

Library Policy


Reading is fun!!! Checking out books from our school’s library is a vital part of the learning experience. Books often complement classroom instruction, are used for research, or simply for personal enjoyment. Please make time to read at home with your child.


 Check-out Policy

Library Classes: Students visit the library with their class weekly, where they may check out one to three books at a time, depending on their grade and their teacher’s instructions. 

Check out period: Books are checked out for one week at a time with options to renew.

Number of check outs by grade level:

  • Kindergarten and first grade: 1 book
  • Second and Third grade:  2 books
  • Fourth and Fifth grade: 3 books

Renewal: If a student is still reading at the end of the week, they may renew by bringing the book to the library to check out again, as many times as needed.

Care of books: Please help your child select a safe, dry place to keep their library books at home. It’s a good idea to always put them in the same place, away from areas where food & drink, pets, and toddlers could cause damage, and where they can be located quickly. Some choose to keep their books in their backpack in a high and secure place. Keeping the book(s) in a plastic bag inside the backpack is a good idea during wet weather.


Overdue, Damaged, and Lost Book Policy

Overdue books: Notices will be sent home regularly for books that are past due.

Damaged books: Sometimes accidents happen. If a book is damaged, please be responsible and return what is left to the librarian. She will determine if it needs to be replaced, or if it can be repaired, and assess the appropriate fines. (Fines will not be assessed for the kinds of damage due to normal wear and tear.)

Lost books: To clear up a lost book, students must return, replace, or pay for the book. Most paperback books cost $5 to $15. Most hardcover books cost $10 to $50. If the book cannot be located and payment is a financial hardship, a lost book may be replaced with a different book that is in good condition and of comparable value.