Heathcote School Library
    Ms. Soza, School Librarian
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    What are the guidelines for book selection? 
    Students may borrow two books at a time (more if they need books for research).  Every students should choose a "just-right" reading book for them.  This is an individual decision based on personal interest and reading ability, and students are encouraged to use the Five Finger Rule to test the book out before they choose it.  Choosing excellent "just-right" reading material is a life skill that takes a lot of practice to master, which is part of the reason we try again each and every cycle!  The second book selected is our "Free Choice" book, and it could be anything from an old favorite Early Reader to a Graphic Novel, to a 500-page chapter book (novel) for their parents to read aloud to the family.

    When are we here?
    The library is open during school hours, 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no staffing before or after school. OPEN LIBRARY is held every morning for any individual students who need to visit the library and/or consult with Ms. Soza. Library classes are scheduled throughout the day so that each classroom gets dedicated time to use the school library and receive instruction on literature and research skills.  It is suggested that parents call ahead (914-721-2767) to make an appointment if they need Miss Soza's assistance for research or book selection.  Please check with your classroom teacher to find out which Cycle Day your class visits the library.

    Where can I find a good reading recommendation or do research from home?
    Take a look at our Library menu across the top of this page!  Our "Let's Read" page has book recommendations and lots of great ideas for finding book lists online.  

    Doing some research when the library is closed?  Try our "
    Databases" page to use our library resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

    Why is the library important? 
    The goal of the Scarsdale librarians is to encourage every student to develop a life-long love of literature and research (information literacy).  A collaborative approach between the librarian and the classroom teacher allows for authentic learning of literature and information fluency skills and strategies.  Students need to use the skills of inquiry to learn essential content and to construct new meaning.  Instruction, design around an inquiry framework, generates active learning and the formation of new understandings.

    How long may I keep books?

    Books are checked out for one cycle (6 school days) at a time. During each library class visit, it is expected that students return their books unless they need a little longer to complete them. Books may be renewed if desired as long as no one else is waiting for a turn with the book.We do not charge late fines, but a lost or damaged book will be billed at replacement cost.  

    If you have questions, comments or suggestions,
    Book Owl