Library Policies

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Learning Commons Rules

  • The Librarian is here to answer any questions
  • Visitors should use quiet indoor voices
  • Visitors must respect the space and materials
  • Children must be supervised by an adult at all times
  • All materials must be checked out by a Librarian
  • The Learning Commons is a cell phone free zone
  • No food or drinks are permitted in the Learning Commons
  • Students and caregivers are responsible for cleaning up after themselves
  • Students should always use a browsing stick
  • All middle school students must sign in at the Circulation Desk

Print Circulation Policy

Students in kindergarten and 1st grade may check out up to 2 books.

2nd and 3rd graders may check out up to 3 books.

4th graders and up may check out up to 4 books.

Students may choose to renew their materials for an additional two weeks.

If a book(s) are not returned by the end of the school year, families are responsible for replacing the exact title or paying a replacement fee of $20.

Book Donations

At this time, we are unable to accept donations of physical materials (books) to the Library collection. Those wishing to donate gently used books must contact Director of Lower School Rosa Torres at rtorres@isbrooklyn.org about the possibility of adding them to classroom collections, pending consideration for relevance to the curriculum.

 

Material Selection Policy

Selecting books for the ISB Library is an ongoing process. Items are selected in an effort to support the academic and creative arts curriculum, and foster a love of reading. The librarian is responsible for selecting books, and suggestions from students and faculty are welcome. The ISB Library supports an individual's Freedom to Read and adheres to the American Library Association's Bill of Rights. Subscriptions to databases are purchased on a yearly basis and their usefulness is evaluated prior to renewing the subscription. Databases are purchased not to replace books within the library, but to increase the accessibility of information.

 

Procedure for Challenged Books

We value open communication and hope that any objections concerning materials in the library collection can be discussed in a friendly manner and preferably be resolved informally. If this is not possible, the inquirer will be asked to complete a Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials form. The form should be given to the librarian, who will then discuss the matter with the School Directors. It is imperative that everyone evaluating the material, as well as the inquirer, read the material in its entirety. A decision should be made quickly and the challenged material should remain in circulation during the process.

What to Read Aloud to Your Middle Schooler

One of my favorite activities in the winter months is curling up under a blanket and reading with my kids. But the past couple years, I found myself reading less with my oldest child who is now in 6th Grade. At first, I celebrated this independence; I was proud, seeing the familiar pull of literature’s tug take hold. Soon he was devouring an entire series, and now he’s in the thrall of The Keeper of Lost Cities—another epic tale currently running nine volumes. Sometimes he asks me to read to him, but it’s hard to truly enjoy these books when I’m joining him seven volumes in and unfamiliar with the characters and the plot twists. I miss the excitement of reading something new and really good together.

Dr. Debbie Reese Discusses Misrepresentation of Native Americans in Literature with the 8th Graders

Throughout the year in their Individuals and Societies class, 8th Graders are examining the history of the United States from the "discovery" of America by Christopher Colombus through the Civil Rights Movement. Individuals and Societies Teacher Guillaume Roper-Sirvent and Librarians Maria Falgoust and Eli Hetko invited Dr. Debbie Reese, a scholar, and educator from the Nambé Owingeh nation, to come and speak with the entire 8th Grade to deepen students’ awareness of how Native Americans are way too often not taken into consideration in most historical, as well as fictional, books.

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