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GMS Library Policies & Procedures

GMS Library Policies & Procedures

Welcome to the Garrard Middle School Library


The staff at the Garrard Middle School Media Library is Ms. Dotson, School Library Media Specialist and Student Library Aides from 6th – 8th grades.  Student Library Aides, GMS teachers & Ms. Dotson are the only people allowed behind the circulation desk to check out books.  Students are not allowed to reach over the counter or touch the book check out scanners.  Please treat the Student Library Aides with respect as they are helping you to get the materials you want. The library staff will try to help you anytime you ask.

Common Courtesy

You are expected to follow school rules.

Clean up after yourself.  Leave the Library in the manner you found it.

Be sure to take your things with you as you leave.

Voice Level 0 when Ms. D. is teaching.

Voice Level 1-2 for Class discussion/book check out

Check Outs/Library Books

Students need a Library Hall Pass to come to the library for book check outs, research, etc. when they are coming individually to the Library Media Center.  A Library Hall Pass is not needed, when you come to the Library Media Center with your teacher/class.

Please sign in on the binder (with blue paper) beside the Library entrance door and then show Ms. D your Library Hall Pass. Please remember to sign out, when you have finished your Library business and leaving the Library.

Students may check out up to two (2) books at a time. If a copy of a book isn’t available on the day you are in the Library, you may place a HOLD on that book at the circulation desk. Magazines will not be checked out to students due to them being so frail and easily damaged. You may NOT check out books if you forget to bring your Library books back to the Library. The books not returned on time are known as Overdue Books & are considered late.  If you have not read your book by the next Library visit and need it longer, please ask at the Circulation desk to RECHECK your book.  We will recheck the book and stamp a new due date in the back of the book. Rechecking allows you  to keep the book another 4 weeks.

Remember to take care of your books.  If you damage a book while in your care or checked out to you, you are RESPONSIBLE to pay for the damages or to replace the book or item.

Students may check out books from the Library displays and the easels on the Library Shelves.


The Library staff works hard to keep the books to the front edge of the shelves so that patrons can see the spines better for locating books faster and more efficiently.

Library Shelves/Sections of the Library

Once you take a book off the shelf and move away from that shelf, please put books you no longer want in the Book Drop so that the Library Staff can get them on the correct shelf.

The Library Media Center is divided into the following 4 Sections with a few subsections: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Biography & Reference.

Here are definitions and sample call numbers for each section and subsection.

Fiction: Make believe stories. F COL

Non-Fiction: factual books on a variety of subjects. 978.2 KNO

Biography: Factual book about a persons life.  B JOR

Reference:  Books used for research purposes. Students don’t check these out.   REF 600 SCI

We have a special section at the end of the Reference shelves for Kentucky Bluegrass Awards books for that school year.  KBA F DOT

We have a special subsection for Young Adult: Fiction books on a higher comprehension level. Young Adult books are only available for 8th Grade students only. YA F ALC


Garrard Middle School is using ReadnQuiz as a motivational reading and comprehension program to promote reading at the middle school level this year.  Students will read a book and then take a quiz that consists of 10 – 15 questions. They will be awarded points for the correct answers, if they pass the quiz with a 70%.  If a student fails a quiz, they are allowed to retake the quiz, 2 days later to give them time to reread the book. The retake quiz will be a completely new set of questions. All quizzes will be done at GMS on school computers with a teacher supervising the testing process. If you need to see if we have a quiz on RQ, check out the FIND A BOOK section on the RQ website.  You can get to RQ on your computer at home to check on your information in My Stuff, and to locate quizzes in Find a Book. However you are NOT able to take quizzes from your home computer.

If a student earns 25 points or more during the 1st Three Nine weeks grading periods of this school year, they will be invited to the RQ Book Celebration store to be held in the GMS Library during the last Nine week grading period of this school year. They will be able to pick out prizes as a reward for reading.

The student at GMS with the most points during that school year will be awarded a trophy at the Evening of Excellence during the last few weeks of the school year.  At the end of the 1st Nine weeks grading period, Ms. D will display a TOP 10 Bulletin Board outside of the Library.

Destiny Quest

Destiny Quest by Follett Library is the program we use at GMS to catalog & locate books in the GMS Library Media Center.  Destiny Quest can be retrieved from Ms. Dotsons’ school webpage or follett.garrard.kyschools.us at home or at school.  You may search Destiny Quest by author, title, subject or keyword.  There are also E-Books available to view from a computer on a variety of books in our collection. Ms. D will be instructing students on the usage of this program in their ELA class. 

I look forward to an awesome year with GMS Students Staff and Faculty! Have a super Reading year!


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Garrard Middle School 304 W. Maple Avenue
Lancaster, KY 40444

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