Altamont Elementary School Library

Mrs. Anne Johnson, School Librarian

Students at Altamont use our library on a regular basis for selecting books to read, library classes, research, technology instruction, small group work and special presentations. The library is the place where students are learning information fluency, digital citizenship and literature appreciation throughout the year.

Mission

The mission of the Guilderland Central School District Library Media Program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information.

Circulation

Kindergarteners may have two items checked out at a time.  Students in Grades one through five may have up to five items out at a time. Books and readalongs (book with an audiotape or CD) may be checked out for 2 weeks.

Items may be renewed in the library.

If a student has two or more overdue materials, the overdue materials must be returned before new materials can be checked out. We do not charge overdue fees.

Donations

We happily accept donations of gently used books.  Any that we can’t use in our school library collection (at our discretion) will be donated to Better World Books through the public library system.

Library Curriculum

The Library Media Program plays a vital role throughout all aspects of the curriculum. The mission of the Library Media Program ensures that all students and staff effectively generate questions, access resources and create and share their new knowledge. In addition to managing the book collection and library web page, the Library Media Specialist provides instruction for individuals, small groups and whole classes of students. Areas of instruction include library orientation and circulation, literature appreciation, information skills and utilizing technology and digital media.

Lost or damaged books

Part of what we try to teach students is to be responsible users of library materials.  Students should take good care of items they borrow from the library!  Please keep books away from food, drink, pets, and siblings who like to draw in, drool on, or eat books. We know that sometimes accidents happen.  If library materials are damaged or lost, we will ask you to pay for the book so students know they are responsible for things they borrow.

Need a public library card?

Talk to Mrs. Johnson for information on signing up for a card you can use at the Altamont Free Library, Guilderland Public Library, and any other library in the Upper Hudson Library System.

Volunteers

Special thanks to the community and parent volunteers who help students and teachers alike by spending time working in the library. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Mrs. Johnson.

To accomplish this, we will:

Provide instruction to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing, and using information and ideas; and work with other educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual learners.

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