Media Center Policies
- Books may be checked out for 2 weeks, but if you need more time simply let Mrs. Kitta know.
- 3 books, two of which may be a graphic novel/manga, may be checked out at a time. However, we reserve the right to change that policy if a student develops a habit of not returning or caring for books.
- Books in the Young Adult section are suggested for check out by 8th graders, but reading is a free choice. Discuss what you are allowed to read with the adults who are responsible for you.
- Overdue books need to be returned AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Remember, someone may be waiting for the overdue book(s).
- Talk with Mrs. Kitta if you need additional books for an assignment.
- Please remember that selection of a library book is a free choice. Our school has students with a wide range of maturity levels, life experiences, and interests. We want YOU to enjoy whatever YOU check out. If you or your parents are not comfortable with a book you check out, then please bring it back and make another selection. We have a large selection of books for you to enjoy!
- We have a reservation system in place. If you want more information about how to reserve a book, see Mrs. Kitta or Mrs. Smith. When the book comes in, we will bring it to your Language Arts or R-Block teacher.
The EMS library carefully selects books and resources to enhance the collection. Books and resources are selected based on reviews and recommendations from School Library Journal, Kirkus, Booklist, and publisher information. Books are also selected based on input from other school librarians, RCPS department heads, and other professional learning communities. The library seeks student input when adding books to the library collection (see the homepage or Mrs. Kitta to recommend a book). The EMS library serves students ages 10-14, and therefore has a diverse collection to appeal to a variety of ages and maturity levels. The Elkton Middle School adheres to the policies outlined in the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights when selecting library materials.
But most importantly:
- Help each other.
- Be respectful.
- Treat books kindly.
- Clean up after yourself.
- Choose books carefully.
- Always bring your books back.
- Ask lots of questions.
- Say PLEASE & THANK YOU.
- Work hard.
- Have fun.
- READ, READ, READ!