Odyssey students have access to our library at the Upper and Lower School sites. Both have picture books, fiction, and nonfiction, appropriate for the reading levels of the students. In addition, the Lower School has a good collection of beginning readers, or “easy-to-read” books.
Lower School Information
- Hours: The library is available to teachers and their classes Monday through Friday, all day.
- Checkout Procedure: The teachers facilitate the checkout, leaving a sign-out sheet with the barcodes of the books their children have borrowed. The librarian is part-time and comes in one day a week to enter the barcodes of the borrowed books into the library circulation system. She also returns the books to the system, clearing the titles from the individual student’s account.
- Overdues: Lower School students check out one book at a time. Books should be returned on the next weekly class visit to the library. Then another book can be selected. Overdue notices are sent out as friendly reminders when the book is overdue by two weeks. This will be followed by a second notice which lists a replacement cost for the book in case it is lost. There are no fines for overdue books, but weekly return is appreciated so that other children can enjoy our books.
Upper School Information
- Hours: The library is open to students Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday during lunch and recess times.
- Checkout Procedure: Students may borrow two books at a time for a period of one week. Books that are needed for a longer period of time should be renewed. There is no limit on the number of times a book is renewed, within reason. Students bring their selected books to the circulation desk where their last name is entered and the barcode of the book scanned into their account.
- Overdues: Overdue notices are sent out as friendly reminders when the book is overdue by two weeks. This will be followed by a second notice which lists a replacement cost for the book in case it is lost. There are no fines for overdue books, but weekly return is appreciated so that other students can enjoy our books.
Donations of books that students have outgrown or are no longer using are cheerfully accepted! If the books can be used in the library, they will be cataloged and put on the shelves for the students to borrow. Books that cannot be used in the library will be either offered to the teachers for classroom libraries or taken to 2nd & Charles for credit. Credit will be used to purchase new books for the library or to provide classroom sets as needed for reading groups.