Policies and Procedures

Picolata Elementary School Media Center


We’d like to welcome you and your child to Picolata Crossing Elementary Media Center.  Here, your child will gain a learning experience that encourages learners to be skilled creators of information with collaborative activities. Our program will include information literacy skills, digital citizenship for ethical media technology use, and literature appreciation.

Hours of Operation:

The media center is open at ­­­­ 8:30 A.M.  each morning and closes at 2:30 P.M. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. It is open from 8:30 A.M. until 1:30 P.M. on Wednesdays.

Check Out:

  • Students in kindergarten may check out one book after library etiquette is fully taught (after approximately four weeks).
  • Students in first grade may check out two books the full school year. All books should be on their reading level; one book should be fiction; and one book should be nonfiction.
  • Students in second and third grade may check out three books. All books should be on their reading level; two books should be fiction; and one book should be nonfiction.
  • Students in fourth and fifth grade may check out four books. At least one book should be fiction and at least one book should be nonfiction. All books should be on their reading level.

Book return:

  • Books are checked out until their next library visit.
  • Students may renew books for one cycle in the library.

Overdue Items:

If an item is overdue, nothing else can be checked out until the item is returned. If the item stays out for a considerable amount of time, library staff will contact parents. If an item is returned damaged, library staff will send home a notice with the cost of the book.  *Florida law requires that families reimburse schools for damaged materials.

Lost or Damaged Books:

Lost or damaged books must be replaced at the expense of the student. If a lost book is found and returned to the media center by the end of a calendar school year IN GOOD CONDITION, monies will be refunded. If an item is returned after a calendar school year has closed, the item will be considered a donation to the media center. No refunds will be given after the school calendar year. Students who fail to return or pay for lost or damaged books will lose the privilege of checking out books from the media center.

*Florida law requires families to reimburse schools for damaged materials.

Behavior Policy:

The behavior policy enforced in the media center is based on school-wide expectation. We all encourage students to be respectful of library materials and equipment as well as other students using the media center.

Behavior Guidelines to Follow:

Books Care

  • Handle books with clean, dry hands.
  • Books are to be kept indoors only; never leave them outdoors.
  • Keep books away from water, food, and drinks.
  • Keep water bottles or juice away from library books in your book bag.
  • Keep library books in a separate plastic bag inside your book bag whenever they are not being read. This will ensure that they will always be ready for library day and their books will have less chance of being damaged.
  • Keep books away from babies and pets.
  • Tell us if a book is damaged.
  • Turn the pages carefully so that they will not get torn.
  • Keep pencils and crayons away from books. Don’t write in them.
  • Take care of books and return them on time.
  • Keep labels and stickers on the books. This is how we identify and locate a book in the media center.


Media Center Rules

  • Respect others using the media center-be polite to your classmates and adults.
  • Raise your hand before talking-use a quiet voice, listen carefully, and follow directions.
  • Use a shelf-marker when finding books.
  • Use safety by always walking indoors.
  • Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
  • Keep all four of the chair legs on the ground- no tipping.
  • Keep shoes off of furniture.
  • Leave food, candy, and drinks outside of the media center.
  • Pick up after yourself, slide in your chair, and return books to their proper place.