Policies and Procedures

Central Elementary Media Center Mission Statement: The mission of the library media programs in the School District of Pickens County is to collaborate with the learning community in becoming life- long readers and effective users of information. To accomplish this mission, library media specialists, in cooperation with classroom teachers, plan and provide units of study which integrate information skills with classroom content. Enjoyment of literature and reading for pleasure are also emphasized.

Central Media Center Creed: (for students) I am a reader and a learner. I can find books in the library media center for myself. I can use information to answer my questions and do my assignments. I will care for books that I check out and return them promptly. I will not interfere with others working in the media center. The library media center will help me to become a life-long learner.

Media Center Policies & Procedures:
Our priority is to provide an inviting environment in which students learn, enjoy reading, and know they are always welcome. CES Media Center is on a flexible schedule allowing students to come, exchange books, and check out new ones as needed. Efforts are made to have book selection based on the individual reading level of the student as well as allowing books based on choice. Circulation data has consistently increased as flexible scheduling continues. Classroom teachers are able to collaborate with the media specialist for integrated lessons to be taught in conjunction with the standards and their lessons.

Hours- The media center is open from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Friday with CNN production beginning at 7:30 AM.

Book Check Out: With flexible scheduling, students in kindergarten and first grade are able to check out one book at a time. Students in grades 2-5 can check out 2 books at a time. Special arrangements can be made for additional books to be checked out for class projects and assignments.

Fines: No late fines are assessed on materials. However students are charged for damages to books that occurred during the checkout period. If the book is damaged beyond repair or lost, the student will be required to pay the replacement cost.

Book Care:

-Always keep books in a safe place

-Always keep books away from food and liquids

-Always save your place with a bookmark

-Always treat books with care and kindness

-Return damaged to the media center to be repaired

Book Donations: While we appreciate book donations, addition of donated books to our collection is left to the discretion of the Media Specialist. Decisions are based on the SDPC guidelines as well as the development of the collection. If not added to the collection, the donated books may be offered to the staff or students.

Technology: Students are encouraged to use resources available to access the holdings of the Library Media Center. Students are instructed in sequential and logical catalog searches through Destiny. Computers are available for use for research, AR, & Destiny search in the media center.

Behavior: Students are expected to behave in the Library Media Center according to established school expectations and guidelines.

Volunteers: Throughout the school year, volunteers are needed in the media center. If you are interested, please contact the media specialist.