The library at Robert R. Rojas School strives to provide the best services possible to enrich and enhance student academic achievement and to help foster a life-long appreciation for the love of reading.
Hours of Operation
The library opens at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. On occasion, the library will close early for faculty meeting as necessary.
Teachers will drop off students at the library. If you are scheduling classes for research purposes, please let the librarian know so that materials and resources can be made available.
Portable TV/VCR/DVD Units
There are portable TVs/VCRs/DVDs available for check-out. If youmust use a portable unit, it must be returned to the library each day. Please do not give a unit to another teacher or take one from another classroom. All acquisitions need to take place in the library.
IMPORTANT: Do not send students to the library to take or return units. Please carry out this task yourself or let other school personnel do it for you.
Video Permission Forms/Copyright Laws
If you are planning to show a video in your classroom, pick up an official video permission form from the office. This formmust be filled out completely and approved by an administrator and filed in the library before the video tape or DVD can be shown. We must follow the acceptable use policy and copyright laws for playing videos in a school setting.
Please be aware of the copyright laws regarding videos to avoid unnecessary confrontations with upset parents and/or lawsuits. It is recommended that permission slips, signed by parents, be obtained prior to showing PG-13 movies. R-rated movies should not be considered in a school environment.
Access to the Library by Students
Students have open access to the library before school, throughout the instructional day, and after school until 3:30 p.m. Students can check-out books during open or flex slots.
Only three students will be accepted in the library at one time from the same class. More than three students at a time without adult supervision will be sent back to class.
Students must have their reading folder with them at all times in order to conduct any business in the library such as checking out books or using the computers.
Computer Access by Students
The library has computers with these capabilities: access to Robert R. Rojas' library collection and Internet. Students will have a 10-15 minute time limit for computer access so that all students will have the opportunity to use the computers. Students may not play games on the library's computers.
Accessing inappropriate Internet sites will result in the student who accessed the sites losing his or her privileges. The computers are networked to a printer, and students may print what isnecessary for the completion of class-related assignments.
In cooperation with the other libraries in the SISD, we offer the option of interlibrary loan. Upon request, students and staff may check out available items from other SISD campus libraries. Please see the librarian or assistant if you wish to take advantage of this service.
Students must have their reading folder to check out. There is a two-week checkout period for most materials in the library. Reference books are not to be checked out, as they need to remain in the library at all times for research purposes.
Teachers may check out materials for as long as they need them. On occasion, teachers will be asked to return an item if a student or another teacher shows good cause for needing the item immediately.
Students should not check out books for their friends. If a student has a book(s) that is overdue, he or she will not be allowed to check out more books until either the book(s) is returned or if lost, paid in full.
We offer a variety of magazine subscriptions for the enjoyment of our patrons. Magazines are checked-out with a magazine cover. Magazines have a two week check-out period. These are paid for with school funds. Any magazine and/or magazine cover that is lost or damaged will have to be paid for.
The professional library offers a variety of teaching aids, district information, books, videos, and professional journals. Most of the items in the professional library are not cataloged in the computer system and must be checked out the "old-fashioned way." Please see the librarian before borrowing any materials from the professional library.
Succinctly put, students are expected to exhibit their best behavior while in the library. School rules will be enforced (example: the dress code policy). Students should limit talking, if at all, to a whisper. Students should be respectful and courteous to each other and to adults.
Students should respect the property of others. To this end, students may not put their feet on the chairs or tables, and they are not permitted to sit on tables. There will be no gum, food, drinks, or make-up allowed in the library for hopefully obvious reasons.
There are occasions when students will be sent back to class if they do not behave properly or if they fail to do what they are sent to the library to do. Maintaining proper conduct in the library at all times is important.
Special Note: Hopefully your visit to the Robert R. Rojas library is pleasant, meaningful, and worthwhile. If you have any suggestions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to visit with the librarian. Your input is always appreciated!