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Behavior Guidelines | Library Hours | Library Policies | Resources | Services for Students | Student Activities | Student Periodicals

Behavior Guidelines

  • Students must show respect and consideration for others and avoid disruption of their work.

  • The library is a study area, not a social area. This means only occasional, quiet talking is allowed.

  • Students from study hall must have passes and sign in at the circulation desk.

  • Students returning to study hall must have their passes signed by a librarian and sign out at the circulation desk.

  • All students must return to study hall before the end of the period.

  • Students must ask a librarian for passes for lockers or lavatories.

  • Library materials and furniture must not be damaged in any way.

  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the library.

  • Inappropriate behavior may result in a seating change, loss of the privilege to use the library, or referral to an administrator.

Library Hours

The library is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every school day, except the first Monday of each month, when it is open 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to allow the librarians to attend a faculty meeting. Students may come to the library during study halls, lunch, and after school.

Library Policies

  • All library materials must be checked out before being taken from the library.

  • Fiction and non-fiction books are loaned for 3 weeks and may be renewed once.

  • Magazines and pamphlets are loaned for 1 week and may be renewed once.

  • The newest issues of magazines may be read only in the library.

  • Overdue notices are given to middle school students during 9th period and high school students during 1st period on G days; no fines are charged, but no additional materials may be borrowed until the overdue item is returned.

  • Students are charged the full replacement cost for lost or damaged library materials. No additional materials may be borrowed until the payment is made.

  • Photocopies cost 10 cents per page.

  • There is no charge for computer print-outs. To keep paper usage to a minimum, read the Think before you print" note on the computer monitors.

  • The World Wide Web may be used to find information for class assignments and for personal interest about topics that are appropriate in school. For further guidelines, please see the school district's Computer Network for Education Regulations.

  • Personal e-mail, chat rooms, and electronic games may NOT be used in the library.

Resources

Automated public access catalogs

  • Voorheesville High School catalog

  • catalogs of 50 local schools

  • public library catalogs

Books

  • non-fiction - 7,000 volumes

  • fiction - 1,500 volumes

  • reference - 1,300 volumes

  • paperback fiction - 1,100 volumes

Magazines

  • curriculum-related

  • leisure reading

  • current 4 years in paper

  • some go back to 1960 on microfilm

Online databases

  • information about animals, business, careers, colleges, current issues, health, history, literature, science, and many other topics

  • information from encyclopedias, magazines, journals, newspapers, primary
    documents, reference books, and reports

Others

  • World Wide Web

  • daily newspapers - Times Union, Daily Gazette, New York Times, USA Today

  • weekly newspaper - Altamont Enterprise, Spotlight

  • pamphlets - Life Skills, Opposing Viewpoints, vertical file

Services for Students

  • access to information in books, magazines, reference books, databases, and the World Wide Web

  • help locating and using information and literature

  • instruction in locating and using information and literature

  • Interlibrary Loan - borrowing books and magazine articles from other school libraries

Student Activities

  • research

  • reading

  • borrowing and returning library materials

  • homework

  • receiving instruction

  • working in a small group

  • meeting with a teacher

  • photocopying

  • word processing

Student Periodicals
Last 4 years in hard copy

  • Altamont Enterprise

  • BMX Plus

  • Calliope

  • Car & Driver

  • Choices

  • Cobblestone

  • Consumer Reports

  • Current History

  • Current Science

  • Dirt Bike

  • Discover

  • ESPN Magazine

  • Health

  • Kids Discover

  • Nation

  • National Geographic

  • New York Times Upfront

  • Newsweek

  • Physics Today

  • Popular Mechanics

  • Popular Science

  • Psychology Today

  • Read

  • Science News

  • Science World

  • Scientific American

  • Seventeen

  • Skateboarder

  • Sports Illustrated

  • Spotlight

  • Super Science

  • Time

  • US News & World Report
     

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