TRES Learning Commons
Frequently Asked Questions
When does my child get to check-out books?
Students can check-out on their assigned check-out day or they may stop by in the morning before school (8:55-9:10) if there is not a meeting in the LC.
How many books can my child check out?
Once Kinders get comfortable with the library they will check out one book every time they visit and take it back to their classroom until next library day (Kinders do NOT take library books home). First grade also checks out one book but with the added responsibility of taking library books home...and remembering when to bring them back. Second through fifth grades can check out two books (and may periodically earn a 3rd ‘bonus’ book).
My child said they put a book on hold today. What does that mean?
If a student has an overdue book or has reached their check-out limit they will not be able to check out a new book. We understand that the multi-day rotation can be challenging so we will hold *ONE* book for them until the following day. Students should bring their overdue/forgotten books into the LC first thing in the morning so they can swap for the new book. We find this hold policy is added incentive to get students to bring their books in the next day.
When are books due?
Books are due the next Library check-out day. We understand that things happen, so a book only will become 'overdue' if it has not been returned for two rotation cycles. If students haven’t finished a book yet they can always renew a book just by bringing it in and checking it out again.
Overdue notices will be sent out periodically. If your child receives a notice, please have him/her check at home, in the car, in their school desk/book box, in their classroom book collection and we will double check the library shelves.
Do you charge fines for overdue books?
What happens if my child loses or damages a book?
If a library book is ever damaged, please remind your child to bring the book to us so we can try to repair it. Majority of the books in our collection are specially designed for library use and may not be available commercially, so our goal is to find/repair books before trying to replace them.
If a book is beyond repair or is lost, it will need to be replaced. In these cases, a fine will be assessed to the student which can be paid via Family Access or we will work together to come up with a solution to replacing the title if there is a hardship. Just let us know so we can come up with a solution!
Are you open during recess time for students to check out?
The Learning Commons is open before school (8:45 to 9:00, unless there is a meeting) but we are NOT open during recesses since we will be teaching classes at those times.
What will happen if I don’t pay for a lost or damaged book?
After a book has been checked out for 90 days a fine will be automatically be assessed. Once a fine has been assessed it will stay on the student's account until it is paid. The fine will follow them to any school they attend in the district. Some schools may require a fine to be paid before participating in a school activity.
What if I pay a fine for a lost book and then I find the book?
Return the book to the library, and if it has been less than 30 days a refund will be issued. After 30 days, or if the book is found after school closes in June, you can no longer get a refund.
After 30 days, refunds will NOT be issued for paid library fines.