Pine Bush Elementary School Library

Staff

Sarah Kransler, Librarian

Hours

During school hours 7:50 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Mission statement

The mission of the Guilderland Central School District Library Media Program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of information and engaged readers of children’s literature.

To accomplish this, we will;

  • provide instruction to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing, using, creating and sharing information and ideas,
  • work with other educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of whole classrooms and individual students.

General information

As a fixed/flexible schedule library (open 7:50 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.), our mission is to encourage our school students and staff to enjoy a variety of literature, access multiple formats of information and become engaged lifelong learners.

Our school has a full-time librarian, an online catalog system and library websites that provide access to resources in school and at home. The librarian’s role is to help students navigate the physical library space and its online resources  for reading enjoyment, information needs and sharing of own ideas and learning. Kindergarten through fifth grade students participate in library  weekly thirty-minute classes with their teachers. Please visit the Library Program Overview link for more information.

Circulation limit

  • Kindergarteners may have 2 items checked out at a time.
  • First graders may have 3 items checked out at a time.
  • Second through fifth graders may have up to 5 items checked out at a time.
  • Additionally, students may check out up to 5 eBooks or audiobooks through BOCES Sora.

Circulation time period

  • Books may be borrowed for two week period. Students are encouraged to return completed reads earlier or request renewals in the library, if more time is needed.
  • Overdue materials must be returned before new materials can be checked out.
  • We do not charge overdue fees.

Library Bags and Book Care

Students are taught about taking good care of library books when reading them and when carrying them between school and home. Please keep them safe from food, water bottles, juice boxes, etc. especially in backpacks. To help protect library books, we have provided one plastic bag to each kindergarten through second grade student to transport library books during the year. Your child’s student ID is on the bag to make it easy for you to check your child’s library account and list of items out.

Library Account

To see items checked out:

  1. Click the Library Catalog link (in the Resources list)
  2. Click Login button
  3. Enter User Name (student ID) and Password (last 2 digits of student ID)
  4. Click Login button below Password box
  5. Click My Info tab to see a list of books currently checked out, holds and recommendations.

To find login information for databases (usernames and passwords):

  1. Log in with student ID
  2. Click the Home tab to see a list of usernames and passwords that may be needed to access school databases at home (See your child’s library grade level patron page for age-appropriate databases.)
  3. NEW for 21-22, students can sign into the Clever.com portal and save logins under their account for future use.  Students have been provided with database login information, flyers were sent home and can be found on the library catalog as listed above. 

To put books on hold:

  1. Log in with student ID
  2. Click the Search tab to look for books
  3. If a desired book is checked out (0 of 1 available), click on that book’s title and then click on Hold button.

Lost or damaged books

Students should take good care of library materials when using them and carrying them in their backpacks. Books should be kept away from food, drink and pets. Please be aware: younger siblings need supervision and should never write or draw in library books. It is helpful when students establish a safe place to store library materials when at home away from young siblings and pets. Accidents do happen, however, and damaged or lost books must be paid for before new materials can be checked out. This policy should in no way deter library use, but rather help students recognize their responsibility and demonstrate respect for shared resources.

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