Irving Park Elementary Media Center

Library Information

  • When is book check out?

    Students check out books during their regular library time.  Also, students may check out books during open circulation each morning 7:20AM until 7:40AM.  Students must check in with their classroom teacher prior to coming to the library and bring their lunch card for quick and easy check out.  


    How many books may be checked out at one time?

    In an effort to help students learn to be responsible, we limit the number of books students can check out.  However, we do make exceptions for research and other special projects.

    • Kindergarten - 1 book
    • First Grade - 1 Book, Following Winter Break 2 books
    • Second Grade - 2 Books
    • Third Grade - 2 Books
    • Fourth Grade - 2 Books
    • Fifth Grade - 2 Books

    When are books returned to the library?

    Students may return books to the library at their regular library class time or throughout the day.  Students should put the books on the brown table near the circulation desk.  Students may keep borrowed library books for two weeks.  After that time, all books are considered overdue by our computer system. 


    Students will receive an overdue notice each week beginning in September.  Our library does not charge fees for overdue books; however please remember other students may be wanting to borrow the same book.  Please be respectful and return books on time.  Students are not allowed to check out more books if they have an overdue book(s). 


    Sometimes mistakes do happen! If a student receives an overdue notice and thinks the book was turned in, please send me a note.  I normally ask the student to check in his/her desk, cubby, classroom and at home.  I will also check the shelves for the book.  Also, be sure to check the date on the overdue notice to make sure it is a current notice.


    Can books be renewed?

    Yes!  If a student would like to renew a book, the book must be brought to the library to be scanned in order to renew it for another two weeks or earlier if the student finishes the book.


    What if a book is lost or damaged?

    If a book is damaged, please send it back to school with a note. Please do not try to repair the book on your own, as we have mending materials in the library to try to fix repairs.  If the book can be repaired, it will be returned to the shelf.  If the book cannot be repaired a notice with the price of the book will be sent home with the student.  Please send a check for the cost of the book made out to Irving Park Elementary School.


    If a book is lost, you will receive a notice from the library indicating the cost of the book in order for it to be replaced.  Checks should be made out to Irving Park Elementary School.  Due to school policy, if the book is found later you are not eligible for a refund.  I suggest looking for the book in all those special places, such as under the bed, in the closet, on bookshelves at home, etc., before paying for the book.  Of course, a brand new exact book may be given in place of the lost book instead of payment.  For example, if the lost book is a hardback the book replacement must be hardback.

Battle of the Books

  • 1. At the Bottom of the World by Bill Nye & Gregory Mone (Jack and the Geniuses, Book 1) (RL 4.6)

    2. Ban This Book by Alan Gratz (RL 3.9)

    3. Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan (RL 5.8)

    4. Blood on the River by Elisa Carbone (4.8)

    5. Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix (The Missing Series, Book 1) (RL 5.0)

    6. The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm (RL 4.1)

    7. How to Steal A Dog by Barbara O'Connor (RL 4.0)

    8. The Old Willis Place by Mary Downing Hahn (RL 4.2)

    9. Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin (RL 4.3)

    10. Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech (RL 4.8)

    11. Runaway Twin by Peg Kehret (RL 5.2)

    12. Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan (RL 3.9)

    13. A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd (RL 4.7)

    14. Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper (RL 5.1)

    15. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (RL 4.7)





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