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K-5 Library Media Centers

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We hope that you enjoy these pages and find them helpful in selecting new books as well as conducting research.

Our Mission

The mission of the Wallingford Public School libraries is to create a learning environment where students will:

  • Locate and evaluate diverse information resources to be ethical and successful “digital” citizens in the 21st century
  • Transfer information skills between and among a variety of interdisciplinary subjects 
  • Utilize a research process to discover and create knowledge
  • Engage in meaningful, original projects where students fearlessly innovate and create
  • Develop a diversity of technology skills
  • Collaborate with teachers, peers and community
  • Pursue personal and aesthetic growth 

Policies and Procedures

Student Circulation

Students visit the library from their classrooms independently, in small groups, or as a whole class. The open borrowing policy allows students to check out books any time during the school day when the library circulation desk is staffed. All students have the opportunity to visit the media center. The number of library materials per student varies depending on the student's grade level. 

Loan Period

Students may borrow most library materials for two weeks. Often, these items may be renewed. A student with overdue material cannot check out any other material until the overdue item is resolved. The library always prefers the return of the book over payment as some books cannot be replaced. If payment is made to clear a student's circulation account and the item is found in good condition within the school year, the money will be reimbursed.

Damaged or Lost Instructional Materials

I. Damaged or lost instructional materials

Textbooks, library books, and other instructional materials are loaned to students for their use and shall be returned when requested by school authorities. Students must pay for the repair of any book or instructional material that is damaged or pay current value of any book or material that is lost, stolen, or damaged beyond repair. The legal guardian shall be held responsible for repair or replacement costs for minors. Adult students and emancipated minors shall be held personally responsible for repair or replacement costs.

The superintendent is authorized by the Board to establish administrative procedures to carry out these sanctions.

II. Vandalism

Any student who willfully cuts, defaces, or otherwise injures in any way any property, real or personal, belonging to the school district shall be held liable for all such damages up to the maximum amount allowed under state law. The parent or guardian of a minor shall be held responsible for such damages. An adult person or an emancipated minor shall be held personally liaable for any such damages.

The liability provided under state statue does not relieve the minor of personal liability for such damage. The liability of the parent for damages done by a minor child is in addition to any other liability which exists under the law.

The student may also be subject to disciplinary action.

Legal Reference: Connecticut State Statutes
10-221 , 10-228, and 52-572
Policy Approved: 4/8/85
Policy Revised: 5/19/97
Policy Manual Reference STUDENTS / Student Fines and Charges / JN

Citing the Sources of Information

When researching a topic, it is so important that you give credit to the source (creator) of the information. This might be the author of a book, the photographer of a picture, the song writer of a piece of music, or even the author of a Website. By citing your source of information you will not only be giving credit to the creator, but also protecting yourself against plagiarism (stealing intellectual property!).

Please use the citation sheets below to cite your sources.

Citation Guide

Reference

Almanacs

Culturegrams

InfoPlease Almanac

Fact Monster

World Fact Book

National Geographic

Dictionaries

Dictionary.com

Merriam Webster's Student Dictionary

Little Explorer's Dictionary includes help translating words into other languages

Bartleby's Dictionary includes information authors

Digital Libraries

Wallingford Public Library- Search the public library's catalog

International Children’s Digital Library- This collection boasts new and classic titles representing cultures and languages throughout the world. 

Encyclopedias & Databases

Encyclopedia Britannica Online (partial access without subscription)

PebbleGo- This subscription database is geared toward K-3 students and is funded by the Wallingford Public Schools. Please contact your school librarian for your school's username and password. 

PebbleGo Next- This subscription database is geared toward grade 3-5 students and is funded by the Wallingford Public Schools. Please contact your school librarian for your school's username and password. 

Magazines

Boys' Life

Discovery Girls

Kids Discover

National Geographic Kids

Ranger Rick

Sports Illustrated for Kids

Search Engines

Safe Search Kids- Filtered results for safer searching powered by Google. 

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