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GVMS Library: About the Library

Welcome to Garnet Valley Middle School Library!

About

About the Library:
The GVMS Library has more than 13,000 titles that support the Middle School curriculum and provide leisure reading opportunities for the students and faculty. We have extensive fiction and nonfiction areas, a makerspace, computers and iPads, and a student reading room. There is also comfortable seating for leisure reading or working on projects with classmates.

The library is open whenever school is open, and students are encouraged to use it to find high-quality literature, as well as to conduct research. Provided they have a pass from class and sign in on arrival, students may use the library whenever they need to do so. In addition, teachers are welcome to bring their classes in to conduct research, learn about young adult literature, or borrow books. Stop by and say hello! Whether it's to work on a project, read a book, or just sit and relax- the library belongs to all of us! Use it!

Personnel:
Mrs. Cleary is the librarian. This is her 15th year here at Garnet Valley Middle School and 17th year as a teacher. After thirteen years as an 8th grade ELA teacher she decided to take her love of getting kids to read to the library. She will probably stop you in the hallway to talk about that book you are carrying or to ask you what you are reading.

Mrs. Smith is the library assistant. This is her second year in the library! She is super helpful and friendly, and always willing to give out book recommendations!

Parent volunteers help to staff the library as well and without everyone's help, the library would not be in the terrific shape it is in. Thanks!

Library Hours:
Monday 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Thursday 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Friday 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Circulation Procedures
Books and playaways: 3 weeks. You can renew if you aren't finished.

eBooks and audiobooks from Sora and the Brytewave app will automatically return after 3 weeks, but check them back in when you finish.

Computer Usage Policy
Use of the computers in the library:

Students are required to adhere to the Garnet Valley School District's policy regarding proper use of computer technology as stated in the Student Handbook that every student receives at the beginning of the school year (Policy # 815). A copy of this handbook is available in the library.

The collaboration space and makerspace are open to students only when an adult is present.

Students are responsible for reporting any problems they have with a computer, keyboard, or mouse to the library staff.

Library Mission
The mission of the Garnet Valley School District libraries is to provide the framework for students to develop lifelong reading skills and lifelong learning skills, including the effective use of information technologies. The libraries will provide free and equal access to materials and information technologies that meet the intellectual, curricular, and recreational needs of students. To accomplish this mission, the professionally certified librarians at each building will instruct students on individual, small group, and classroom levels. In collaboration with classroom teachers, the librarians will enrich and supplement classroom activities and projects with library resources.

The libraries teach a curriculum based upon national standards from the American Association of School Librarians Information Literacy Standards and the Pennsylvania Assessment Standards.

Overdue and Lost Materials:

  1. If lost, you pay the cost of the book or replace it on your own.
  2. There are no late fees. Just do your best to return books on time or renew them.

Library Use:
The Garnet Valley Middle School Library operates on a flexible schedule, which means that students will use it in a variety of ways.

  1. Sometimes students will come to the library with their academic classes.
  2. Sometimes students will come to the library in small groups or individually, with a pass from a teacher.
  3. Students will also be able to use the library without a pass at the end of the school day, between classes, or at lunch time.