Library Policies & Procedures
Hours of Operation & Visitation Policies
The SMS Media Center is open from 7:45-3:15 daily. Students are welcome to visit the media center to work on class work, read or check out a book, work on the computer, or collaborate with friends. You must have your agenda with you to visit the media center. Upon entering the media center, students must sign in using the barcode in their agenda at the circulation desk, unless they are visiting with a class. This helps to hold students accountable and provides a record of student activity and media center usage.
Although students are welcome (and encouraged!) to check out and return materials at any time, all students are scheduled to visit the library at least once every other week with their Language Arts class. Mrs. Keefer also collaborates with teachers on various projects and lessons.
One of the main goals of the SMS media center is to provide an inviting learning commons atmosphere that encourages collaboration, inquiry, and discovery. That being said, students are expected to maintain and exhibit good character and behavior while in the library. We ask that students be respectful of others and of the materials during their visit. Please keep in mind that food and drink are not allowed in the media center for the safety of our materials.
Student Check-Out Policy
Students are welcome to check out materials as frequently as they would like. Books, eBooks, and audiobooks are all available for two week checkout periods. Magazines are available for checkout overnight. After that time, students are welcome to renew their items, so long as no other student has put the item on hold. Students are also able to renew items themselves using their Destiny Quest login.
Lost or Damaged Books
In an effort to encourage responsibility and ensure that items in the media center are able to be enjoyed by everyone, students will be held accountable for any lost or damaged books/materials. Replacement cost will vary depending on the cost of the book. Proceeds from library fines will go toward the purchase of new library materials. Students with overdue or unpaid, missing items may be limited in their ability to check out new materials. Mrs. Keefer will distribute overdue and fine notices to homeroom teachers on a periodic basis. Students can check the status of items checked out under their account at any time using their Destiny Quest login, and are always welcome to check with Mrs. Keefer.
Library Orientation Videos
New to the school? Need a quick refresher on how our media center operates day-to-day? Check out these brief videos from our library orientation lesson.
Support the Library
Friends of the Library
Looking for a way to support the SMS Media Center? Consider joining the Friends of the Library. Your donation will be used to enrich the library collection, services, and programs for all SMS students. Friends will be honored with an inscription of thanks in the book of your choice. Complete and return this application to Mrs. Keefer to join.
We can always use caring and dedicated volunteers to help with tasks around the media center. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mrs. Keefer. Your help and interest in the success of our students is so appreciated!
Make A Book Suggestion
Is your favorite book, author, or topic missing from our shelves? Let us know about it! Feel free to submit your book suggestions via this form, or jot down your recommendations and add them to the Book Suggestions box on Mrs. Keefer's desk.
The SMS Media Center can always put donations to good use! Gently used board games, puzzles, craft items for our makerspace, middle school appropriate magazines, and books are always appreciated!