The MEI Elementary Library: READ TO LEARN, READ TO LEAD, READ TO SUCCEED!
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Access and search the MEI Elementary Library catalog and online databases from school or from home. Visit The Beaklet for direct links to search the library catalog.
Login to your own personal account to place holds, renew the books you have out to avoid overdue fines, and see what you currently have checked out.
Check out the Public Resource Lists for the books related to your classroom topics.
The library is open to students Monday through Friday 8:30am – 2:55pm.
Changes in the hours will be in the daily announcements, posted on the library door, and mentioned on the library blog.
Our Library houses over 14,000 Library titles and over 5000 texts, with an annual circulation rate of over 30,000. The Library serves students in grades K-5 with one ½ hour Library session per week. Additional sessions are arranged during the school year for research projects for higher grades. During a typical Library class, our Library staff shares a story or Library instruction with the class; students choose their books and sign them out at the circulation desk. Students may sign out books for a 1 week loan
period and may bring their books to the Library to renew items as needed.
Along with Library materials, the Library serves as a lending facility for textbooks and audio visual equipment.
The Library strives to maintain a collection that consists of materials to support the curriculum regulated by the British Columbia Government in the Integrated Resource Packages (IRP). The Library also offers a variety of fiction and non-fiction materials to support literacy at school and at home. Formats available for loan include picture books, early chapter books, novels, magazines and information books which are arranged by topic using the Dewey Decimal System. The
Library offers many resources from a variety of viewpoints to support early comparative analysis and seeks to maintain a collection with a considerate, purposeful emphasis on works by Christian authors/publishers that represent the Christian worldview wherever possible to promote educational as well as spiritual growth.
Parents are encouraged to partner with Library staff regarding their child’s book selections. The Library provides limiters at the
circulation desk on some materials due to the wide variety of the maturity and reading levels of students. Call or visit the Library if you would like to fine tune these for your child to help us provide the best literacy experiences possible.
Parents may visit the Library to sign out books for their child’s extra reading practice at home.
With our high circulation statistics, the Library welcomes parent help for shelving, general circulation duties and special events. Please contact the Librarian if you are able to include assisting the Library in your schedule.
During the week, your child may see a number of different parent, high school and middle school helpers in the Library along with regular Library Staff. In addition, the Library hosts practicum students from local colleges in the spring.
The Library may hold a number of Literacy Events during the year. Events might include the Scholastic Book Fair in the fall, a Christian Book Fair in the winter to celebrate Freedom to Read week and an author visit or other event such as a Used Book Sale in the spring. Contests, draws, fundraisers and book drives often coincide with these events.
At some times during the month, the Library is closed due to testing or various meetings. As a rule, the third Tuesday of every month there is a staff meeting after school and the Library is closed. Consult the school calendar or check with the Library staff if a booking is necessary.
The Library accepts donations of wholesome books in new or excellent condition. Presently, we do not provide charitable receipts for these gifts. A great portion of the Library collection consists of donated materials; they are well used and appreciated.
During September Library Orientation Month, students are given the opportunity to sign out textbooks and are informed of Library policies and procedures. During this time of instruction, Library loans are kept to 1 book per student at a time. The Library schedule begins in the second week of school.
From October to May, students in K-1 may have one book out at a time, Grade 2 students may have 2 books, and Grade 3 may have 3 books and so on. At certain times during the year, grade 4 and 5 students may have more than the usual number of items out on their account due to additional resources required for research projects.
June is Book Return Month where students are given the opportunity to return all of their outstanding materials.
The Library appreciates the responsible attitude that our students show toward materials from the Library.
However, in the interest of fostering good stewardship of our resources, any books that are lost, damaged or not returned must be paid for. Students will not be permitted to check out books until the matter is resolved.
Yearbooks are withheld from students with outstanding accounts. Students are encouraged to read materials from their Church, Classroom, Home, and Local Public Libraries for the summer and to join the host of reading clubs available in the community.
Our aim is that you find our Library staff warm, friendly, helpful, informative and insightful.
Please visit or contact them anytime at local 213 – it is their pleasure to serve you.
Still have questions? Stop by the library or contact us online: Ask A Librarian