Damaged Books! OH MY!

Accidents can happen when items are checked out. If an item does get damaged, students are asked to discuss the damage with the librarian. It is important that students understand and respond to this responsibility. Each student is reminded at the beginning of the year and throughout the year about book care and all library procedures. The most common damage is wet books due to drinks in their backpacks. We will no longer keep items that are WET in any way.  We have been working to eliminate books that are damaged and will keep only books that are clean in our collection. Other damage is caused by pets, younger siblings, spilled food, and lack of care including ripped pages, carried poorly, sticky hands, shoved in backpack, left outside.  Parents can help by reminding and modeling book care. We are implementing the use of a ziplock bag for Maxey library books in the backpack of each student second semester to see if this helps the problems. We are also discussing book care during visits to the library. We will assess the results and move forward. Thank you for your support!

No one is perfect!! Parent/Guardian: If an accident happens and your child is reluctant to come and talk to the librarian, please send a note or email so the librarian can start the conversation.  NO ONE should be afraid to come to the library!! Sometimes the books are not well made and come apart easily.  A child would never be asked to pay for a book in this situation. Library staff examine books each time they are returned to the library. If a student discovers damage in their book, they should report this immediately to a staff member or adult.

Overdue/Damaged Items/Payment:

If a student has met their limit of books allowed and they are overdue, typically they will not be allowed to check out any more items, until some of the items are returned. Fines are not charged for late materials. Overdue notices will be sent to students on an “as needed basis” and once per quarter, generally.

Fines are assessed on lost and damaged books. Individual notes will be sent home. All books that are returned wet/damaged will be eliminated from the collection and students fined.  We will no longer keep books that are “a little wet” and try to make a decision about a level of damage. Parents are invited to help their child look for lost book(s) and wait on paying for the book(s). Payment can be in cash or check made out to Maxey. Once a book is paid for, if found, money will not be refunded. At this point, parents can decide to keep the found/paid for book, or donate it back to the library. We are willing to take a donated book as replacement instead of money, but it will need to be a new copy of the same title unless other arrangements are made with the Librarian.

Close Menu