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Library Policies

Book check out, return, renewals and fines

At the Kennedy Elementary Media Center, your child will have an opportunity to check out books with their class. Students are welcome to come to the media center on a individual basis any time during the week when they have their teacher's permission. All books are due back in the media center the day before their check out day to allow time for processing.

Book Checkout

  • Kindergarten - 2 books
  • First Grade - 2 books
  • Second Grade - 2 books
  • Third Grade - 3 books 
  • Fourth Grade -3 books 
  • Fifth Grade - 3 books


If you renew you're not overdue!

Students who need more time to complete a book may renew it during their media time. The book does not need to be returned to be renewed. Students just need to request that their book be renewed when going through the checkout line.

Book Return

To make book return easy, a book drop box is located inside the media center. Books may be put there at any time during the school day. Most classroom teachers also have a bin in their classroom where students place books that need to be returned to the media center.

Overdue Books

We do not charge fines for overdue books. Overdue notices will be sent home at conferences. We do our best to properly check in books. If your child receives an overdue notice, and believes the book has been returned, please have your child ask us to check the shelves again. Parents should also feel free to call or email me to check the library shelf for the missing book. Students with two overdue books are allowed to checkout another book that is to be kept in school, until an overdue item has been returned.

Lost & Damaged Books

Students who have lost or damaged a book will be asked to make a donation of at least $5.00 to help pay replacement costs for books for our library. Since most of our books are special library bound books we ask that you do not purchase a replacement copy since trade bindings do not hold up to library use. Checks for the replacement cost can be made payable to Willmar Public Schools and brought to the media center or the school office. If a book is found after a donation has been made during the current school year the donation may be refunded. Lost books returned the next school year will not be refunded but are greatly appreciated.

Behavior expectations: 

  • Noise level should be respectful of others using the area.
  • Take care of books both in school and at home.
  • Return books on time.
  • Respect one another
    • Keep our hands, feet, and shelf markers to ourselves.
    • Speak politely with kind words.
  • Participate & Learn
    • Don't step on someone else's words.
    • Listen respectfully and respond thoughtfully.