Frequently Asked Questions
Use the quick links below to find the answer your question about the library. If you have other questions you’d like to see answered on this page, send your requests to our librarians, Michelle Finley or Rebecca Williams.
1. How long can my child have a book on loan?
2. How many books can my child have at a time?
3. How do I know if the Sacred Heart Library has a book?
4. What is AR?
5. How can I find out the AR level of a book?
6. What do the colored dots mean?
7. How do I find out my child’s AR level?
8. How are Teen books determined?
9. Who can check out Teen books?
10. What happens if I pay for a lost book then find it?
11. Does the library want my books?
12. What if I disagree with a book in the library?
- How long can my child have a book on loan?
- Students in grades kindergarten through fourth check out books for one week. Students in grades fifth through eighth check out books for two weeks. Students may renew books as needed unless the title is on reserve.
- How many books can my child have at a time?
- Children in kindergarten start out reading books in the library, then about a month into the school year they can check out one book at a time. Students in first through eighth grade may check out two books at a time with no more than three books out total. Books borrowed to finish an assignment do not count towards the totals.
- How do I know if the Sacred Heart Library has a book?
- Unfortunately, our library catalog is not online, but parents are welcome to contact the librarians, Michelle Finley or Rebecca Williams to determine a book’s availability.
- What is AR?
- Accelerated Reader (AR) is a reading program that the teachers at Sacred Heart have implemented to encourage students in reading skills. Students take a test to determine their reading levels, based on grades. They read books in their suggested levels, then take quizzes on them to determine their understanding.
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- How can I find out the AR level of a book?
- When you visit the AR website, www.arbookfind.com, you can key in any title you may have and find out if it has an associated reading level and quiz. Obviously our library does not have every title, and parents are welcome to purchase books from stores or borrow titles from the public library for their child to read for the program.
- What do the colored dots mean?
- Because the AR program is such a big part of our reading program at Sacred Heart, the librarians have identified books on their spines with colored dots that represent their levels. You can see the dots and associated levels plus get more information on our AR webpage.
- How are Teen books determined?
- Teen books are identified by the AR program with an IL (interest level) of MG+ (middle grades plus) or UG (upper grades). They may have some violence or romance, but the books we add to our collection conform with our Catholic ideals.
- Who can check out Teen books?
- Students in seventh and eighth grades are welcome to check out Teen books. Students in 6th grade must have a signed parent permission form, handed out at the beginning of the school year. All other grades are ineligible to check out Teen titles.
- What happens if I pay for a lost book then find it?
- We know that books are lost, but then found again! We give parents a grace period of the remainder of the school year, or three months, whichever comes later. If a book is found within that time frame, the money is returned. After that time period, the book belongs to the family.
- Does the library want my books?
- We librarians love gift books! You are welcome to bring in your books that you’d like to donate. We might add the book to the collection, add it to our Birthday books, which students choose on their birthdays, offer to the pre-school, or donate to the public library. This decision is up to the librarians since they know the needs of the collection and the student population.