LIBRARY GUIDELINES (Revised, November 2013)


The St. Philomena School Library exists to help develop reading skills; to encourage recreational reading; to help familiarize students with the world around them, both present and past; to enhance the curriculum taught in the classrooms; and to promote a life-long love of reading.


The school library staff is committed to providing highly responsive service to the entire school community. The staff strives to inform, enrich, and empower every member of the school community by providing access to high-quality, appealing, timely, authoritative, and reputable materials in a variety of genres for a variety of age levels. The library staff acquires, organizes, and provides a wide variety of children’s literature; Catholic resources; other relevant library materials; and serves the entire school community with caring and expert assistance. All students are encouraged to visit the library regularly and often so that they may enjoy and benefit from these materials.


It is a privilege for students to use this facility and its materials. With this privilege come the following responsibilities:

  • Students are responsible for knowing what books they have checked out, and for knowing where those books are at all times.
  • Students are responsible for taking proper care of library books, and for returning them on time.
  • Students are responsible for learning and demonstrating proper library etiquette at all times in order to maintain a quiet, studious atmosphere.

Overdue Notices: Overdue notices will be sent home periodically throughout the year. The notices are a reminder to the student and his/her parent to return the book(s) for others to use.

Final Overdue Notices: In May, as the library prepares to close for the year and take inventory, the final due date will be announced; all books will be due; and final overdue notices will be sent. If books are not returned by the final due date, a $15 fine will be incurred.

Damaged Library Books: Students whose books are returned damaged beyond what would be considered “normal wear and tear” will incur a fine in an amount commensurate with the extent and type of damage. If the damage is so extensive that the book is no longer fit for circulation, the amount of the fine will be the replacement cost of the book.

Lost Library Books: If a student believes he/she has lost a library book, the library staff should be notified as soon as possible. If the book is still lost when the library prepares to close for the year, the student/parent will be billed for the replacement cost of the book.

Birthday Book Club: The library currently oversees a book donation program which benefits the library and encourages student generosity. Details about this program can be found in the “Library” section of the school website in a document entitled “Birthday Book Club.”

Questions, Comments, Concerns: If you have a question, comment, or concern about our materials, service, or library in general, please submit it in writing to the library staff. The librarians and the school administration will meet with you to respond to your concern, and the pastor will make all final decisions.

Additional information about the day-to-day operation of the library can be found in the “Library” section of the school website in a document entitled “How We Use Our Library.”


The school library and computer lab of St. Philomena operate as a working center to incorporate the programs and materials into an ongoing curriculum and operational program. Materials are purchased to supplement and enhance both curricular and extracurricular subjects. Books are checked out for a two-week period. There will be a charge for lost books. Audio-visual materials are for use within the school building. Courtesy and respect are expected from the students for all library helpers; any infringement of this rule will result in suspension of library privileges for that student for a period of time. Library conduct is expected to maintain an atmosphere of quiet and concentration.


Accelerated Reader Program

Students at St. Philomena School participate in the Accelerated Reader Program. This program helps students by:

  • Making essential reading practice more effective for every student.
  • Personalizing reading practice to each student’s current level.
  • Managing all reading activities including read to, read with, and read independently.
  • Assessing students’ reading with four types of quizzes: Reading Practice, Vocabulary Practice, Literacy Skills, and Textbook Quizzes.
  • Building a lifelong love of reading and learning.

St. Philomena School Library has a considerable selection of books in all genres that are labeled with the Accelerated Reader reading level and quiz number. If your student wishes to read his own books, or public library books that are not labeled with AR information, you may use the link below to determine Accelerated Reader reading levels, quiz numbers, and point values. Be careful NOT to search by title alone; some titles have multiple editions/versions (some condensed, some unabridged) that are not identical and may not share the same reading level or quiz number. Example: a student who reads a condensed version of Robin Hood would not be able to pass the quiz on the unabridged version. For best results, search carefully and be sure to include the ISBN.