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.

Circulation

  • Kindergarteners may have one item checked out at a time.
  • 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 ANY overdue materials, students are only allowed to check out one book at a time until the overdue material is returned. 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 local organizations.

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.

What does your School Librarian Do?

  • build and evaluate the library collection
  • weed the collection to keep it current
  • inventory and organize the collection
  • circulate materials
  • repair materials
  • review and purchase materials of various formats to meet curriculum and student needs
  • manage library webpages
  • design and customize information literacy lessons which include investigating resources in both print and multimedia formats
  • create resource lists for patron use
  • manage each library program’s budget
  • catalog and process each new item purchased
  • Repair materials to extend use of resources
  • help to maintain various technologies utilized by the entire building
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