Ms Sue Levine, Ed.S, NBCT
Media Squad: To be announced soon
The mission of the library media program is to encourage the students to Learn2 Love2 Learn (L2L2L)...it’s that simple!
Hours of Operation
Students may visit the Hawthorne Media Center with teacher permission
- Before school, from 7:30 AM until 7:50 AM Monday-Friday
- During class time from 12:30 PM until 2:15 PM Monday-Friday (no more than two students from one class at a time)
- After school from dismissal until 3:30 PM on Thursdays (must be accompanied by an adult) If Ms. Levine has to attend a meeting or is out of the building, for the Thursday afternoon checkouts, all attempts will be made to leave a sign on the door.
Materials available for checkout
Students may select from a wide variety of everybody fiction, fiction and non-fiction books; however, they can only checkout one book in a series or by a specific author at one time.
Number of checkouts allowed/Checkout period
All materials are circulated for a two week loan period but the classes visit each week so students should be encouraged to return any books they are finished with in one week. County policy dictates that students with overdue books cannot checkout books until their accounts are cleared.
- Pre-K: Will begin checkout of 1 book each after winter break and will be due back one week later.
- Kindergarten: Teachers will determine if books will be used in class for instruction or taken home
- First & Second Grades: 1 book
- Third Grade: 2 books
- Fourth Grade: 2 books
- Fifth Grade: 2 or 3 books, possibly more, depending on what the student needs.
- *Parents may checkout up to three items on their child’s account
**Students should keep books that they checkout for 24 hours before returning them to the Media Center to checkout new materials.
Overdue, Damaged and Lost Materials
- Students who keep materials longer than the allotted two weeks without renewing have overdue materials. The student must present the book to the librarian to renew it.
- Periodically, overdue notices are sent home through the Hornet Express. The librarian may call a student’s home if overdue materials persist.
***Please understand that there is a small amount of lag time from when the overdue report is run and when the student actually brings the notice home. In that time, sometimes the student returns the book. Therefore, if you think you have received a notice that no longer applies, please send your child to see me with a note from you on the notice and I will write back with the resolution.
- No fines are charged, but students with overdue materials are not permitted to checkout additional materials until the overdue items have been returned.
- Please make every attempt to return materials on time so that all library patrons can utilize them.
- Library materials are expected to be returned in the condition they are checked out.
- Students should point out damaged library materials to the Media Center Staff as soon as they notice them.
- If materials are returned to the Media Center with writing, torn pages, or damaged covers, additional fines may be assessed.
- As with overdue materials, damaged materials must be paid for before additional materials can be checked out.
- If media center materials are lost, they must be paid for at the cost of replacement.
- This will not be less than $15.00 for a hardback book and not less than $5.00 for a paperback book.
- Students must pay in cash only and will receive a receipt.
- If a lost material is found before the end of the current school year, a student may bring the lost item and receipt to the library and receive a refund.
- As with overdue and damaged materials, lost materials must be paid for before additional materials can be checked out.
Other Resources Available
Computer/Internet use in the library The Media Center offers computers for student and teacher use These computers are for educational use only, and students are expected to abide by the guidelines outlined in the DeKalb County Schools Code of Student Conduct distributed each year. Gaming sites, personal email, and chat sites are not allowed.
Media Center computers may be used for the following purposes:
- Online research using Destiny, GALILEO, and teacher bookmarked sites (Students are encouraged to use the Symbaloo Research Webmix found on the front page of Destiny
- Finding library materials using Destiny
- First In Math Practice
- Accelerated Reader (AR) quizzes
- Word processing and creating presentations
- If students would like to print, they should ask the Media Center Staff first. Students are not permitted to add paper to the printer. This must be done by an adult.