About the Library
- Mission and Vision
- Library Policies for Students
- Library Policies for Staff
- When May I Visit the Library?
- Why Can I Visit the Library?
- How Should I Behave When I Visit the Library?
- How Can I Find Books?
- FSMS Library Monthly Report
The mission of the Midlothian ISD Library Media Services is to empower all for a lifetime of learning.
Our vision is to:
impact academic achievement by supporting curriculum
create an environment of engaging learning experiences
foster collaborative opportunities for all stakeholders
serve the unique needs of the learning community
strive to be at the forefront of educational technology
teach responsible digital citizenship
provide an information commons where inquiry, knowledge, innovation, and creativity coexist
Library Book Limit
Students may check out three library books at a time.
Length of Checkout Period
Library books are due three weeks from the day they are checked out. If a student would like more time to read a book, he or she is welcome to renew the book for an additional three-week period.
Overdue, Lost, and Damaged Library Books
At the time a library book is checked out, a "due date" is placed on the book. Students are responsible for returning books on time. Students will be reminded about any overdue books in their English Class. Students will be expected to pay for the replacement cost of lost or damaged books.
Computers, phones, tablets, and other smart devices can only be used in the library for school purposes. Just like any classroom, district policy is that students must have permission to use a device. So, Always Ask First before using a device in the library.
Equipment Checkout Procedures
To assure that equipment will be available when needed, be sure to make reservations at least one week in advance. Equipment can be picked up in the Library between 8:00 and 8:30 and is due back by 4:00 each day.
Reserving a Cart of Books for Your Classroom
Teachers may check out a cart of books on a subject being studied in class. Teachers are asked to consult with Mrs. Shuffield at least one week prior to the date when the books will be used. This is to ensure that the appropriate materials will be available. At the time of checkout, teachers will be given a list of all books checked out in their name.
Reserving the Library
Teachers may request that the a section of library tables be reserved for specific classes on specific days. This should be done at least one week in advance to ensure that space and materials will be available. However, teachers should be aware that since the Library operates on a completely flexible schedule, students with passes from other classes will be admitted to the library throughout the school day.
Before School: The library is open before school for students who need a place to work, want to read, or need a place to collaborate. Morning visitors must be purposeful and not disruptive to others. Students who visit in the morning must remain until it is time to attend first period.
During the School Day: Students may visit the library as a class or individually with a pass. All students must be purposeful and not disruptive to others.
During Lunch: Some days the library will be open during lunch. Interested students should report to the cafeteria to check-in and then ask staff on duty for a pass to the library. All students must be purposeful and not disruptive to others. Students are responsible for cleaning their tables before leaving. *The library will be closed 30 minutes each day during .4th-period for Mrs. Shuffield's lunch break.
After School: The library is not open after school, except for prearranged club meetings and/or faculty meetings..
Any time students visit the library without a teacher, the students must have a pass and sign-in.
To Ask for Assistance: Students and staff are welcome to visit the library for technical support, online resources, ideas, etc.
To Explore the Makerspace: Students can utilize the Makerspace activities when the library is open. For more information, check out the Makerspace page. NOTE: Due to COVID-19 social distancing and cleaning protocols, physical Makerspace items are currently unavailable.
To Check Out E-books: Students and staff can visit the library to learn to check out e-books from laptops or from other personal devices.
To Check Out Physical Books: Students and staff are welcome to check out materials from the library.
- Visitors must be purposeful and not disruptive to others.
- Visitors must be respectful of the facility and resources and return furniture, activities, etc. to the original state before leaving.
- Visitors may use devices for school purposes such as communication, product creation, or reading/research.
When Can I Use a Device?
For academic purposes with permission.
How can I find books?
Books are organized by genre so that readers can browse the shelves to find items of interest. HINT: Before coming to the library, look at the Destiny Discover online catalog on your laptop to find a book and it's location (genre or Dewey Decimal number).
- Fiction - Books are shelved by Genre and then the author's last name. FSMS genres include Science Fiction, Fantasy, Scary, Graphic Novels, Classics, Mysteries, Realistic Fiction, Adventure, Sports, Humor, Chick-lit, Romance, and Historical Fiction.
- Biography - Books are shelved by the subject's last name.
- Nonfiction - Books are arranged the Dewey system.