The school year is drawing to a close, and we still have 3,079 books checked out! And you know what? That’s a-okay. This year is different. There won’t be a countdown sign in front of the library, telling you how many books still out. I won’t be sending you home overdue notices. To be clear, students are not penalized for books that aren’t returned. (They never are–we don’t charge fines or require families to replace books–but it’s worth repeating.)
We don’t know yet if/when the building will reopen this spring. If it reopens, it would be fantastic if books were returned to the library’s book returns, but feel free to hold onto books for the summer and enjoy them. When you’re done with them, please place them somewhere safe, and return them next year.
For my fifth graders, it would be best if books could be returned to Lafayette when the building reopens or dropped off at the building next year. While it would be possible for Deal to mail your library books to me, the librarian there will be dealing with probably thousands of Deal’s books being returned all at once; she doesn’t need to deal with Lafayette’s if we can avoid it.
If you’re not sure what you have checked out, you can find out by logging into our library catalog. You can access it anytime from the Lafayette Tech page or from Clever. The username and password are the same that you use to log into Clever. If you open the menu in the upper-left corner (the three lines), you can click on Checkouts and see what’s checked out.
Library’s going to be different next year, in ways that I don’t even know yet, but we’ll still keep being the community of awesome readers that we are! Thanks for your support in the four years that I’ve been with you, and I can’t wait to see you next year!
Take care, and happy reading!