Kindergarten and First Grade students may check out 2 items at one time. Second through Fifth Grade students may check out 3 items at one time. Students in Second through Fifth Grades may check out one graphic novel and one magazine at a time. The checkout period is ten school days or two weeks.
Renewing an Item
Books may be renewed if there is not a hold placed on the book. To renew a book, the book must be brought to the media center at the time of renewal.
If a student wants a book that is currently checked out, he or she may put a hold on it. This means that a hold will be placed in the computer for the student. When the book is returned, a notice will be sent to the student's teacher so that the student knows that the book is available to be picked up. The book will be kept behind the desk for two weeks. If it is not picked up at the end of that time, it will go to the next person on the hold list or back on the shelf.
Items not returned by their due date are considered overdue.
No other materials may be checked out until overdue materials are:
1. Returned to the library
2. Renewed according to the renewal procedures
3. Paid for
Confidential notices are sent once a month to all students with overdue books. These notices are given to students to take home. If the book is overdue, the total price of the book appears on the notice.
Lost or Damaged Books
Damage to a book that prevents its future use calls for replacement of the book. Students will be charged a replacement fee if the book is damaged beyond use. A student should also pay for a book that has been lost. Books must be replaced by the media specialist to ensure that the replacement book is library bound so it will hold up for circulation to many students. Our preferred method of payment is through MyPaymentsPlus. You may also send a check made payable to Duncan Creek or cash if necessary.
Hardback Library Book: $15.00
Paperback Library and Literacy Center Book: $5.00
Every educator is responsible for following the copyright laws and guidelines. The media specialist serves as the copyright contact liaison. If you have questions about copyright, feel free to ask the media staff. Need more information? Visit https://www.copyright.gov/
Inventory of media center resources must be completed each year to ensure that all materials are accounted for. Inventory will be conducted during the month of February during early release conference days.
The Duncan Creek Media Committee meets monthly in the media center. Gwinnett County School Board Policy IFAA states that the school media committee shall include the following members: principal, assistant principal, media specialist, students, teacher representative from each grade level, and community representatives. The committee shall be responsible for:
Material selection policies covering all instructional materials
Selection of materials
Challenges to instructional materials
Promotion of library services
Scheduling the Media Center
The media center is an important place for student learning. The media center is open during school hours to students and parents and is available to teachers and staff at any time the school building is open. In order to meet the learning needs of students, a flexible schedule is used when possible. It will be necessary to use the Google calendar or contact Mrs. Martin to reserve a time in the media center. Individual students and small groups (5 per class) are welcome to come for book and periodical checkout or research with teacher permission at any time. Students should arrive with their library sticks so that the media staff knows they have permission to be there. Small groups are also welcome at any time, accompanied by an adult for small group lessons.