Leah Watts Dawson Library
in the Lower School
The McDonogh Lower School Leah Watts Dawson Library recognizes that familiarity with many sources of information is necessary to achieve academic and personal success now and in the future. The library staff will teach library skills with the following goals in mind:
- Helping students develop a lifelong habit of reading
- Guiding students in learning vital information retrieval skills
- Teaching students problem-solving techniques
- Developing lifelong learners
All grade levels will have a regularly- scheduled class time. Students in kindergarten through grade two visit the library weekly for forty minutes, with a daily book exchange possible. Third and fourth graders are flexibly scheduled in the library for two forty-minute sessions per week, alternating with the technology lab and staff. School wide activities include story time, book talks, research projects, a book club for third and fourth graders and a school-wide reading incentive program.
- Books may be checked out for one week. Periodicals may also be checked out.
- Students in Kindergarten, Pre-First and First Grade may check out one book at a time. Students in grades two, three and four may check out two books. Students may renew books unless they are on reserve.
- Students may check out and return materials any time the library is open. If no one is available to check out books, the student may leave the book on the check out desk with a note with his or her name. The material will be checked out and delivered to the classroom.
- Reference books may be checked out overnight.
- Fines are not charged for overdue materials. The cost of a lost book will be charged to the student’s account with a nonrefundable $3.00 processing fee.
- Individual students may come to the library at any time for research. Small groups are welcome if space is available. If library classes are in session, researchers are expected to exhibit appropriate behavior so as not to disrupt the class.
- Library computers are for research and classroom assignments. No gaming please.
- Although there is no due date for faculty books, periodicals, AV materials and computer software, teachers are strongly urged to return all materials after six weeks. Returning materials on a regular basis accommodates other teachers’ needs and the reading needs of our students.