Innovation Center

August 2016

Open for Business: Monday, August 22nd to Friday, May 5th

Library Policies

  • Teachers may send up to three students at a time with a pass. Wait for students to return before sending the next group.
  • Entire classes may visit the innovation center to check out books, do research on the computers, or use the makerspace area, but a time must be scheduled by the teacher in advance. *All students will need to return to classrooms by 3:50 each day.
  • Students may check out books, read quietly, use the computer for school assignments, and tinker in the makerspace. Students who are disruptive or not productive will return to class.
  • Books may be returned to the book drop in the innovation center or the book drop in the cafeteria. *Teachers, return your materials directly to Ms. Ratliff.
  • Overdue notices are printed once a month and put in teacher mailboxes. Please pass out notices in a timely manner during homeroom.
  • Remind students to enter the innovation center only from the front entrance, and it's not to be used as a shortcut by students. Students are not allowed in the innovation center without Ms. Ratliff or a teacher present.
  • Teachers should stay with classes at all times and encourage students to take care of the innovation center. *Food and drink is not allowed.

Teacher Resources

  • Self-service area with computers, laminator, poster printer, B&W printer, copier, paper cutter, die cutter with alphabet, number, and shape dies. *Please inform Ms. Ratliff if equipment needs maintenance.
  • Maximum 20-book check out, classroom sets of books, DVDs, & professional development materials; classroom projector, document camera, TV, DVD player, speakers, & carts. *Email or call me if you need books or equipment.
  • Innovation Center will be locked when Ms. Ratliff is not in there except for before school. *Check your email for notices about closures.

Student Resources

  • 3-book maximum checkout limit for three weeks with one renewal per book.
  • No fines are assessed unless books are lost or damaged.
  • Check out privileges may be lost if fines are not paid or if books are overdue.
  • Computer access and access to black & white printer for school assignments only.
  • Weekly Minecraft club meetings on Friday during research (Starts in September).
  • READ sessions where classes may sign up to read to a trained therapy dog (Starts in October).
  • Scholastic Book Fair in November
  • Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) book club for each grade will meet weekly during research (Starts in December).
  • County-wide Battle of the Books competition for Sunshine State book trivia in May. *Teachers, if you are interested in helping with this event, let Ms. Ratliff know.
  • More eBooks will be purchased this year, which students will be able to access on their Chromebook or on personal eReaders.