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Junior Librarian

Dear Payne Families:

Students make weekly visits to the Payne library with their classes.  Depending on their grade level, students may check out one or two books, and may keep them for one or two weeks.  If your child needs more time to finish a book they may renew it at least once.  Students must bring books to the library to renew.


# of Books

Books Due In:

K – 1st

1 Book

1 Week 

2nd – 3rd

2 Books

1 Week

4th – 5th

2 Books

2 Weeks

In order to make your student’s library experience successful and to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader please encourage your child to share their books with you.  Make a time and place for daily reading.  Help your child find a safe place to keep their library books and remind them what day is their class library day.

If a book is damaged, encourage your child to handle the problem responsibly by bringing it to the librarian’s attention.  Please do not attempt to repair a damaged book at home.  If a book is lost or damaged beyond repair district policy defines replacement value as $10 for paperback books and $20 for hardback fiction and $25 for hardback nonfiction books.  Until books are returned or paid for, students cannot check out another book.

In addition to weekly visits with their classes, 1st – 5th grade students can visit to the library during snack recess, M – F and 3rd – 5th grader students may visit the library during M,T, Th,F lunch recess.

Happy Reading,
Melanie Rafferty, Payne Library Specialist
[email protected]  or 408-874-3715
Lost or Damaged Library Book… What Do I Do?

First of all, don’t panic, most lost library books turn up.  Moreland School District does not charge overdue fines.  Please help your child carefully check their backpacks and your home and cars.  If it doesn’t turn up, please help your child check their desk, cubby, and classroom library.  Tell them to talk to Mrs. Kahn and she will check the library shelves and see if it got put back on the shelf without being checked in by the computer.

If the library book is indeed lost, then you can replace the book with another copy of the book (It must be the same binding as the lost book.) or you can pay a replacement fee; $20 for a hardback fiction book, $25 for a hardback nonfiction book or $10 for a paperback book.  If you find the book within 30 days, then your money will be refunded.  If it is longer than 30 days, then you may keep the book or donate it to the library.  Unfortunately, your child cannot check out a book until the lost book is replaced or the replacement fee paid.

If your child’s damaged book can be repaired and continue to circulate to other students, then an apology and conversation about good book care is all that is necessary. If your child has damaged a book beyond repair, then the same 2 options are available to you, replace the book with another copy of the book with the same binding or pay the replacement fee. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Rafferty at [email protected] or
Questions about the library? Contact:
Melanie Rafferty
Looking for a “Just Right” Book for Your Student?

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