Library Mission Statement:

The mission of the school library program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information; students are empowered to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information. (source: Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs from the American Association of School Librarians)

The library strives to have an up-to-date and diverse collection to meet the needs of all middle school students and staff.

The library catalog can be found at: http://icscatalog.indianola.k12.ia.us:8080/

Students are welcome to use the library before and after school. Check the hours posted on the library door.

Check Out Policy

  • Students may check out up to ten books at a time.
  • Books are checked out for three weeks at a time and may be renewed as necessary.
  • Students may put a book on hold if no copy is available

Activities Throughout the Year:

Reader of the Week:  Students enter their name into a weekly drawing when they check out a book.  Winners receive a certificate and special bookmark.  Their name also appears in the weekly school newsletter.

IASL Awards:  Each year the Iowa Association of School Librarians sponsors the Iowa Children’s Choice Award for grades 3-6 and the Iowa Teen Award for grades 6-9.  Students must read a minimum of two books to vote.  Books are purchased and placed on a special shelf in the library.  Voting takes place in late February or early March

Each fall during conferences, the library hosts a book fair which is a fundraiser for the library.

The library celebrates National Library Week in April.

Volunteers

The library accepts adult volunteers to help in the library during the school day.  Arrangements can be made by contacting Mrs. Wanamaker at: karma.wanamaker@indianola.k12.ia.us