Library Book Check-in/out Procedure

Griffin Middle School Library uses the Follett Destiny OPAC System for book circulation. Destiny houses the catalog of all library resources and provides the software for book check-in/out.

What do students need to check out book(s)?

Student ID (Lunch #)

Students enter their student ID/lunch number in the keypad at the circulation desk to bring up their library account. Griffin is self-checkout, so once the library account is up, students will scan the Griffin Middle School bar code on the book to record it to their library account. If students have overdue or lost books, they must get the school librarian or media paraprofessional to clear library account errors before proceeding. Never walk away with a library book if you have an error on your library account.

How many books can I check out? 

Students may check out 2 books at a time.

How long can I check a book?

Students may check out books for 2 weeks. However, students are encouraged to return books as they finish reading them as other students may have the book on hold and are awaiting for it to be returned. If there is no book hold on the due book(s), students may re-check out library books when it becomes due.

Can I place a library book on hold?

Yes. Students may place any library book on hold. When a book becomes available, students are notified via their homeroom teacher to pick up the book.

Will I receive overdue book notices?

Yes. Every Monday, overdue book notices are printed and delivered to homeroom teachers to distribute to students. Please take overdue book notices seriously. Many students are waiting for books to be returned, and we want to provide equitable access to books for all students. Additionally, parents will receive overdue notices via email.

Will I be charged for an overdue book?

Yes and no. You will not incur late fines for books returned after the due date, but if the book becomes 30 days or more overdue, a lost book fee is assessed, and it will not go away until it is paid or the book(s) are returned. This means, the lost book fine goes with you to every school in Cobb County. You will not be able to graduate if you owe library fines in Cobb Schools. Additionally, at Griffin, if you withdraw from Cobb Schools, the book fine must be paid to receive student records.

Please note: Many students say they have returned a book when Destiny still shows it is checked out. It is the student’s responsibility to care for the return of the book, or pay the lost book fine.

Lost book fines are equal to the cost of replacement. Sorry, but the library cannot accept book donations in lieu of payment as we must purchase library bound books.

How do I pay for lost book fines? 

Parents may pay lost book fines through the school bookkeeper or online through My Payments Plus. Students may visit the school library and ask for a lost book invoice, if needed. The library does not store, handle, or process money for any kind of school payments.

What happens if I damage a book?

Damaged books are treated like lost books because they can no longer be used by patrons. Therefore, damaged books are assessed a fine equal to the cost of replacing the book. Damage includes, but is not limited to, water, mud, dirt, food, mold, torn pages/spines, writing in the book, pet damages, and beverage spills.

What happens after I pay a book fine? 

The school librarian is notified of the payment and your lost book fine is removed from your library account. Please note that Griffin’s librarian cannot update library accounts at other schools in the district. Library fines from other schools must be settled at that respective school.

Can teachers check out books? 

Yes! And it’s highly encouraged! What better way to suggest books and have discussions than if you are reading what our kids are reading!

School Day Library Visits

The library is the heart of the school and a valuable resource to students and supports academic success. It is important that students are provided the time to visit the library during the school day to access resources.

Please allow students to visit the library during class periods when they have completed their class work. With teacher permission, students may use their agenda as a pass to visit the library during the school day. The first and last ten minutes of each class period is protected time, so students may visit during the in-between time each period.

Upon arrival students will sign into Librarytrac at the circulation desk, unless visiting with a teacher for reserved class library time. When students are ready to go back to class, they sign out of Librarytrac at the circulation desk.

School Day Library Hours

8:15 – 8:50 am: Morning Library (Students need 1 of 60 passes from the cafeteria)
All students go to homeroom or 1st period at 8:50 am.

8:50 – 9:10 am: Homeroom/1st Period Visits (Students use agenda as their pass)
All students return to class at 9:10 am.

9:25 am -4:05 pm: Class Periods
The first and last TEN minutes of class are protected time. Students may visit in-between these times during class periods. Please allow students who have completed their work to visit the library. Students may also use the library for group projects with advanced notice to the library media specialist and/or media paraprofessional. For student group work, email lori.quintana@cobbk12.org and ashley.kraus@cobbk12.org with the following information:

  1. All student names in the group
  2. Assignment/project students will work on in the library

On occasion, students will be sent back to class if a teacher has the library reserved for a class project/activity, or if there is testing. Notification will be sent to teachers via email so student travel back to class may be monitored.

Reserved Library Time

Teachers may reserve the library for class projects, when available. Email the library media specialist and/or media paraprofessional to reserve the library or library lab.

There are 16 desktops and 30 laptops available for student use, unless there is testing.

Morning Library Hours

The library is open from 8:15 am-8:50 am for students to use academic resources. At 8:50 am, all students report to their homeroom or 1st period. Students may use their agenda as a pass to return to the library with teacher permission from 8:50 am-9:10 am. All students must return to class at 9:10 am. The first ten minutes and the last ten minutes of class are protected time, and all students are required to be in the classroom.

Students visiting the library from 8:15-8:50 am must get a pass as shown below from the cafeteria first. They are first-come, first-served. 60 passes are available each day for students to use the following library resources:

1) Library (book check in/out, computer/printer use for academics, reading)

2.) Minecraft Lab

3.) Makerspace

Upon arriving in the library, students must turn in their pass. Students may not keep the passes as they are recycled for use each morning. Each pass is numbered and counted out to 60 each day. Students caught keeping passes in their backpack or using passes to visit other areas of the school will receive administrative discipline according to school policy. Library passes may only be used for morning library time.

BrainPop Access through Cobb Digital Library

Griffin Teachers,

New this year, BrainPop login is through Clever Authentication for single sign-on. This means when students and teachers access BrainPop through the Cobb Digital Library icon while at school, you will automatically be authenticated as a user through the district. If any of y’all have issues with automatic authentication, please place a Helpdesk Ticket so that CCSD Tech Services can fix the problem.

If trying to access at home, and you are not logged into the CCSD VPN, use this link: http://www.cobbk12.org/cdl.aspx and login with your school computer login/password for access.

Have fun with BrainPop!

Thanks!

 

Follett Destiny is Ready!

Wildcats!

Destiny is updated! Woo Hoo!

Students may now access their library accounts for book check-out/in.

Single sign on integration with O365 is now in place. At school, no login required. At home, use your student O365 login. For students, this is your O365 email address, typically in this format: firstname.lastname@students.cobbk12.org and then use your school computer password.

For staff, full O365 email address and computer password.

Do-nut miss filling up on your technology “App”etite!

Wildcat Teachers!

Do you have a technology “App”etite?

Join in on a 15 minute “App”etite PL the 1st & 3rd Thursday each month in the library lab before school from 8:15-8:30 am. You do-nut want to miss learning a new tool to create engaging lessons!

Complete this Microsoft Form to sign up: https://bit.ly/2SeD0hw

Don’t forget your device!

Facilitated by: Lori Quintana, Library Media Specialist

 

Summer Reading Challenge July 12, 2019

We have a couple of **NEW** reader leaders! Congratulations and GREAT job to Maia Geraci and Melissa Felix for completing 1500 minutes of summer reading!! Don’t stop now though! There is still room for placing in the reading challenge, and it doesn’t end until August 16th. NOTE: If someone goes above the required 1500 minutes (more than 100%), they will remain in the lead according to percentages. For example, if a student meets the 100%, but another student gets to 125%, then this student will take the lead over the student at 100%.

It’s a REAL competition!! Griffin readers are leaders!!

READ EVERYDAY!!

Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Club 2019-20

Wildcats!

Do you LOVE to read? Do you LOVE to compete? Then the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Club is for you!! Complete the club application at the link below by August 16, 2019.

From August to November, you will read TEN Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominees located at this link (https://bit.ly/2Ga6Cbb) to compete in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.  Students will read the books in the 6-8 category. The competition starts out at the local level where we compete against other Cobb middle schools. If our Wildcat team places 1st or 2nd, we advance to the regional level and compete against other middle schools in the region. If we win at the regional level, we advance to state where the competition is held at the University of Georgia in Athens in March 2020. The Helen Ruffin Cobb bowl takes place on Saturday, January 18, 2020 and it is mandatory. (Location TBD).

The Club fee is $30 and it covers the team t-shirt, competition fees, and holiday celebrations during club meetings.

Link to the club application/form: Competitive_Reading_Club_Application_2019

It is imperative that HRRB Club members have excellent club meeting attendance and read ALL TEN BOOKS in order to compete well at the HRRB competition.

Club Sponsors: 

Lori Quintana, Library Media Specialist

Eduardo Quintana, Reading & Spanish Teacher

Danielle Engle, Spanish Teacher

Steven Villegas-Garcia, Reading Teacher

Podcats Student Club

Wildcats,

Students interested in joining the Griffin Podcats Club complete the following form by August 16, 2019 and return it to Mrs. Quintana in the library.

Podcats will record school announcements, share information about school events, and select middle school appropriate topics to share with their peers. Good attendance is mandatory to meet production deadlines.

The club will use the Anchor app to record all podcasts. No experience is necessary, but a strong willingness to take & follow directions and receive feedback is required.

This club is separate from Cat Nation and requires a separate application provided below.

Meetings will be Friday mornings from 8:15-8:50 am in the library makerspace.

There is a $25 Club fee to cover equipment expenses/podcast app/club t-shirt and must be submitted with the club application. Checks may be made to Griffin Middle School. Cash and checks must be placed in a white student envelope marked clearly with the student’s name, amount submitted, and “Podcasts Club”. Envelopes must be placed in a student black box located in each grade-level hallway. Students may also pay online via www.mypaymentsplus.com. Questions about payment may be directed to school bookkeeper sarah.martinez@cobbk12.org.

Link to Form: Podcats_Student_Application_August_2019