Keeping Track of your Child's Library Books
Most of our students visit the library once a week to borrow books. It is important that you establish a routine with your child of returning books on time so they can choose new books during library. At Heath, we try to teach children that library books are an important community resource. Returning books on time shows that you care about another student who might also want to read the book you had.
BUT, it can be tough to keep track of all those books! Overdue books happen; while we don’t want students to disregard due dates, we also don’t want them to lose sleep over an overdue book. We send out weekly, automated emails to alert parents about overdue books. Please feel free to contact me if there is any issue with a book, especially if you think you returned it. Mistakes happen on our side, and I’m happy to double check to see if the book is in the library.
To help your child keep track of their library books:
- Make sure you know which day of the week your child has library. Get in the habit of helping them put their books in their backpack the night before to avoid scrambling that morning.
- Become familiar with the way our books look. All Heath Library books have a barcode with "Heath" on the back of the book in the upper right hand corner. They all have white labels with the book's call number on the spine and our address stamped on the endpapers. Hardcovers have plastic covers on the jacket.
- Have a designated space where you keep library books and teach your child to use it. Maybe a spot in their room on top of a book shelf; a basket by their bed; a library bag. That way, your child will have an easier time finding the books on their own.