Procedures

“Open Checkout” will be available to students who have finished their books prior to their due date. Students may come to the library from 7:35 – 7:45 after they have checked into their homeroom and have received teacher permission to exchange their books for new selections. Please remind your child to check the DATE DUE cards located in the back of each book to ensure the timely return of library materials. Please note that Open Checkout due dates will be different than when your child exchanges their books as class.
Thank you in advance for reminding your child to return their library materials on time as they are shared by all Manheim students.
Kindergarten
Students may select one book from the Everybody section (either Fiction or Nonfiction) of the library during the second month of school after a basic orientation. During the second semester, students wil be introduced to the Beginning Reader section of the library and may also add that area to their selection choices.

First Grade
Students may select up to two books at the beginning of the year: one from the Everybody section (either Fiction of Nonfiction) and one Beginning Reader. After the first month of school, Beginning Reader books will serve as a choice of the two books selected. Later in the school year, students will receive instruction and exposure to early chapter books that are housed in the Everybody Fiction section of the library to emphasize the transition into higher-level reading.

Second Grade
Students will select up to two books at the beginning of the year: one from Everybody Fiction and one from Everybody Nonfiction. Students will receive instruction during the first marking period on the “First Fiction” easy reader chapter books denoted with a red dot in the General Fiction section. A book from this section may be substituted for an Everybody Fiction selection. During the second semester, Magazines will be introduced to students and they may select a magazine to enjoy in substitution for an Everybody Nonfiction selection.

Third Grade
Students will select up to three books: One from the General Fiction, one from General Nonfiction and an additional book of their choice. Students will be exposed to the entire General Fiction collection. They may continue to select the red “First Fiction” books as well as any title in the section. Students will be introduced to the General Nonfiction section of the library. Students may select a Magazine as a choice of the three items to borrow. During the second semester, students may also select a Graphic Novel as a choice of their three items to borrow. Students will exchange books as a class on even cycle days and have free pleasure reading time on odd cycle days.

Fourth Grade
Students will select up to three books: one from the General Fiction, one from General Nonfiction and an additional book of their choice. Students may select a Magazine and/or a Graphic Novel as a choice of the three items to borrow. Students will exchange books as a class on even cycle days and have free pleasure reading time on odd cycle days.

Fifth Grade
Students will select up to four books: one from the General Fiction, one from General Nonfiction and an additional book of their choice. Students may select a Magazine and/or a Graphic Novel as a choice of the four items to borrow. Students will exchange books as a class on even cycle days and have free pleasure reading time on odd cycle days. Fifth graders may apply to be “Library Pages” to assist the librarian and the library aide before school and during recess. This will require an application and brief interview with the librarian. Responsibility and character are key components of this privilege.

Students may keep their book selections for up to two cycles and renew an item for one additional cycle as long as there has not been a hold placed on it.

Fines are not collected for overdue materials. However, students with overdue materials may be limited to one or no items for checkout at the librarian’s discretion until the materials are returned.
Lost or damaged materials beyond reasonable wear must be reimbursed according to the current purchase price through district approved library vendors. If the exact title is no longer available, a similar title on a comparable reading level will be substituted. A letter will be sent home requesting payment for lost or damaged books. Should lost books be found and returned, parents/guardians will be reimbursed.