Waterman Elementary's Library

The goal of the library staff is to promote a love of reading and lifelong learning.  To meet this goal, a variety of programs are offered through the library including book fairs, buddy reading programs that involve the Rotary Club and older students paired up with younger students, and reading incentive programs.  The library also partners with community programs that support reading by promoting the Gus Bus and Massanutten Regional Library.

All students have scheduled library classes and checkout times.  Library lessons focus on locating and selecting books, information skills, using reference materials, and lessons that enrich and extend classroom learning objectives.  Students may come to the library any day to return/checkout books or to engage in activities that support classroom instructional objectives (with the permission of their teacher).

Library cards remain in the library for check out.  Books are due on a weekly basis, but may be renewed as many times as needed as long as the materials have not been reserved by a student or teacher.  Students are given oral and written reminders about overdue books.  Often written reminders will come in the report card.  The library does not collect fines for overdue materials, but the price of the book is included on the reminder in case the book needs to be replaced.  All library books must be returned before additional books can be checked out.

When students check out materials, they are expected to take proper care of them and return them on time.  Parents may assist their child by finding a safe place for books to be kept at home and by helping their child remember that the books need to be returned each week.  If a student has lost or damaged a book beyond repair, the student or his/her parents will be expected to pay the cost of replacing it.  If the cost is unknown, a fee of $5.00 will be charged.  If a bar code label is missing from a returned book, a fee of $1.00 will be charged.  If a student locates a book that was paid for, the money will be refunded within the current school year.  If it is found over the summer and returned within the first two weeks of school, funds will be returned.

Donations are gladly accepted in the library with the understanding that if the materials are not needed for the library collection, they will be offered to classroom teachers.  Volunteers are also needed.  If you are interested in volunteering in the library, please contact Mrs. Surratt at ssurratt@harrisonburg.k12.va.us or call the school at (540) 434-8352.

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