Our Collegiate Library/Student Union is a unique place. It is not always quiet, as one might expect a traditional library to be...because it is more than that. We do check out books and always encourage reading. A favorite quote is, "Books are food for the soul." And we are building our collection with input from our teachers and students influencing what books we purchase.
We also offer on-line resources, printing, computers and chrome books for student use. We now have, courtesy of our PTSA, four Kindle Fires to be used by students in the library. They are loaded with e-books.Additionally, we are implementing a Maker Space program to support the STEAM focus of our campus offering hands on activities for our scholars. But, even beyond all those things, our space is a gathering place for students to exchange ideas, share knowledge, express their own thoughts (both deep ones and not so deep ones); a place to create and study, brainstorm and contemplate...individually or in study groups.Our hope is that our students will feel a sense of ownership, in that it is a place for them, but also a sense of responsibility for the same reason. As part of the collegiate experience, the Library/Student Union is a vital component to the community, independence, and self-discipline we are attempting to develop in our scholars.
We have a special group of students who work with and for our library: the Collegiate Teen Library Board. These are select students interested in having input in our library and experience to show on their resumes!From having input as to the books we buy, to learning how a library works, to shelving and assisting with the day to day tasks, they are an important part of our library structure. They host book fairs and other special "book & learning" events, promote reading in and out of school, even planted and maintain our front garden!
As for our library policies: students may check out books for a period of two weeks and may renew one time. We do charge late fees when books are returned more than five days late: $.05 per school day. And if a book is lost or damaged we charge the cost of replacing the book; generally $15 and up.
There is a minimal charge of five cents per page to print; we only offer black and white one-sided printing. If unable to print from in-house computers, students may email work to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, designating what they want, and it will be printed for them to pick up in the library.
We are looking forward to a great year in the Collegiate Academy/High School Library/ Student Union! Our goal is to enhance the educational journey of scholars and teachers.