The Holy Family Library

The Holy Family Library supports the mission of Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School in the ongoing formation of the Christian person by providing access to a collection of wide-ranging, balanced, current, and validated resources - both print and non-print, to facilitate and encourage growth in faith and reason. The Holy Family Library also aims to empower all students to be effective, faithful, and critical users of information resources, and to advocate enjoyment and understanding of literature.

Hours of Operation
 

  • Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. during regular school days; will stay open for 30 minutes after dismissal on early release days.
  • Middle School students are not allowed in the library after 3:55 p.m. unless supervised by an adult or HS sibiling.

 

Policies & Procedures

Coming to the Library
A written pass is required during:

  • Class time from subject teacher
  • Morning from teacher in charge (MS only)
  • Advisory from the advisory teacher (MS only)
  • Lunch time from lunch room teachers (MS only)

*Scheduled classes always have space priority over individual students.
*Notice will be given when the library is closed.

Library Atmosphere/Student Behavior

  • Be respectful.
  • Be considerate.
  • Be responsible.
  • Be on task.

Library Resources/Circulation

  • Borrowers are responsible for any library materials checked out.
  • Students may check out up to 5 items.
  • Students with late books or library fines will not be able to check out any more library materials until all records are cleared.
  • Use Online Catalog (OPAC) to search for appropriate library books (Main Collection), music CDs (Audio Cassette/ CD Collection) or Video (Video Collection)

Regular Books, Music Ministry CDs and Audio Books

  • They are normally due after 3 weeks and are renewable for 3 more weeks if not reserved.
  • Librarian reserves the right to recall a loaned item when necessary.

Videos and Periodicals

  • May be checked out for 2 days.

Reference Books and Reserved Materials

  • May be checked out for overnight use and are due back before the 1st block the next day.
  • Special Reserves are to be used in the library only.

Electronic Databases

  • Remote Access passwords are given to students and faculty for all library databases.

Overdue Materials

A grace period of 5 days will be allowed for all borrowers to return or renew late materials without being charged for the fines. A weekly notice will also be issued to borrowers regarding their late materials. An additional charge of $1.00 will be added to each borrower's account on a weekly basis if the library records are not cleared 3 days after the 3rd notice. Parents/ guardians will be notified at this point.

Fines
Books/ CDs/ Periodicals---------------------------------------10 cents/ school day
References/ Reserved materials/ Videos-----------------25 cents/ period or school day

Lost/Damaged Materials

  • All lost items will be paid for by the borrowers. A processing fee of $1.50 plus relevant fines may be added to the costs.
  • Fees for damaged items will be assessed by the librarian and will be charged to cover repair or replacement.
  • Do not attempt to repair damaged materials.
  • Report damage to librarian.

Computer Use

  • Computer use is a privilege and is reserved for EDUCATIONAL USE ONLY.
  • Users must sign in and follow agreements specified in Computer Use Policy. Internet use may be monitored and timed.
  • Priority is always given to a scheduled class rather than individual users.

AR Testing

  • Follow AR Honor Codes.
  • Any violations will be reported as cheating.

Philosophy on Intellectual Freedom

The Holy Family Library believes "the freedom to read is essential to our democracy" (The Freedom to Read Statement, ALA), and that "libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues" (Library Bill of Rights, ALA). 

With that in mind, opinions expressed in some library resources are not necessarily endorsed by the Tyler Catholic School System, the school, or the library, though a major effort in acquisition of library resources is to provide students with a rich diversity of human experiences that helps lead them to a faithful life.

While it is the goal of the library personnel to place principle above personal opinion and reason above prejudice in selection of materials of the highest quality, the school recognizes that the final decision as to what materials an individual student will be exposed to rests with that student's parents or guardians. The wishes of one child's parents or guardians to restrict his or her reading or viewing of a particular item, however, will not infringe on the rights of another parent to permit his or her child to read or view the same material.

Mission & Selection Policy

Mission Statement
The Holy Family Library supports the mission of Bishop T. K. Gorman Regional Catholic School in the ongoing formation of the Christian person by providing access to a collection of wide-ranging, balanced, current, and validated resources-both print and non-print-to facilitate and encourage growth in faith and reason. The Holy Family Library also aims to empower all students to be effective, faithful and critical users of information resources, and to advocate enjoyment and understanding of literature.

Goals of the Library
The Holy Family Library strives to provide a well organized and efficiently managed resource center which contains a broad range of easily accessible informational resources that will meet the diversified needs and interests of individuals in their academic pursuits as well as personal enrichment. Our goals are specified as follows:

  • To implement, enrich, and support the instructional program of the school.
  • To build a collection that supports the Catholic school curriculum, is balanced with representation of various points of view on different subjects.
  • To select reading materials that are rich in literary merits, that will excite students to discover the joy and beauty of the literary world, that will inspire readers to seek truth and wisdom, and that will encourage moral and ethical rectitude.
  • To sponsor well planned programs that will promote reading as a means of life long learning and personal fulfillment.

Philosophy on Intellectual Freedom
The Holy Family Library believes "the freedom to read is essential to our democracy" (The Freedom to Read Statement, ALA), and "libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues" (Library Bill of Rights, ALA). With that in mind, opinions expressed in some library resources are not necessarily endorsed by the Bishop T. K. Gorman Regional Catholic School or the library, though a major effort in acquisition of library resources is to provide students with a rich diversity of human experiences that helps lead them to a faithful life. While it is the goal of the library personnel to place principle above personal opinion and reason above prejudice in selection of materials of the highest quality, the school recognizes that the final decision as to what materials an individual student will be exposed to rests with that student's parents or guardians. The wishes of one child's parents or guardians to restrict his/her reading or viewing of a particular item, however, will not infringe on other parents' right to permit their child to read or view the same material.

Definition of Resources
Library resources refer to any materials that are housed locally or accessible via online subscriptions. They include print, non-print and electronic materials.

Selection of Resources
Selection of library resources is an ongoing process shared by the many people who use them. Departmental recommendations and individual suggestions from teachers, staff and students are crucial to the usefulness of the collection. Responsibility for coordinating the selection of materials and making the purchases rests with the library personnel. The final decision in library resources rests with the school principal.

Sources and Tools for Selection

  • Suggested titles from departments and individual teachers
  • Student suggestions and/or librarian's observations
  • Recommendations from award lists, professional journals, conferences, and other library professionals
  • Physical examination of material (via free trial and preview services, bookfairs, bookstore visits, etc.)
  • Consultation of established reading lists such as one approved by the HAISIN
  • Consultation of trade catalogs

Points of Consideration for Selection

  • Overall purpose of material
  • Curriculum support
  • Overall support of Catholic values
  • Validity, timeliness, and appropriateness of material
  • Favorable reviews found in standard selection sources
  • Significance and reputation of the author, producer, or publisher
  • Potential use and student interests
  • Value commensurate with cost and/or need
  • High artistic quality and/or literary style
  • Effectiveness and appropriateness of language
  • Quality and format
  • Timeliness or permanency
  • Contribution the material makes to breadth of representative viewpoints on controversial issues / multiple perspectives
  • Subject matter and treatment of the subject matter
  • Other considerations such as availability of AR quizzes, sequels and other books by same authors

Gifts
Gift materials are subject to basic selection standards. The library may choose to accept, reject or distribute the gift materials for other use if not otherwise specified by donors

Weeding of Resources
Selection is an ongoing process that includes the removal of materials no longer appropriate and the replacement of lost and worn materials still of educational value. Weeding is essential to maintain a relevant, attractive collection. Materials considered for weeding include:

  • Items in poor physical condition
  • Items containing obsolete subject matter and/ or outdated information
  • Items no longer needed to support the curriculum or student/faculty interests

Request for Reconsideration of Library Resources

  • Procedure For Reconsideration of Challenged Material
  • Request For Reconsideration of Resources

Library FAQ's

Who may use the Holy Family Library?
In addition to our students, faculty and staff, everyone from the Gorman community is also welcome to use the Media Center. Just drop in if you need a place to read, use the computer, or even sign up to be an AR reader. Priority of computer use will be given to students doing research.

Students are entitled to check out up to five units of library materials but requests to borrow more are often honored. Parents and friends of the school may also check out circulating library materials, including books, Music Ministry CDs and videos with no charge.

When may students check out library resources?
As soon as they start school!

All new students will be in both the circulation and AR programs by the beginning of each school year and they are ready to go! Please check with the librarian for assistance if you are using the library for the first time.

How long may I keep the library resources?
The general loan period for books, audio books and music CDs is three weeks. Loan period for E-readrers is set for two weeks.  Some materials may be set up for specified loan periods such as overnight or 2-day upon teacher requests.

Videos and periodicals may be checked out to students and the community for two days. Referene books are also circulating for overnight use.

Patrons may renew library items if they are not requested by other patrons.

Do you charge for overdue fines?
Yes, users are responsible for returning their library resources on time and an overdue fine of 10 or 25 cents on each item per school day or 25 cents will be charged if they are late.

When may a student go to the library?
HS students are welcome to go the library during their free time such as in the mornings, during advisory, lunch time and after school hours.

Middle School students will need to report to the designated areas during the above free periods and then come to the library with a pass. However, they will not need a pass when they come after school.

Parents may choose to keep their children in the library under the supervision of the librarian until 4:00 pm if they have assignments or reading to do after school. For students to be supervised by the librarian, they need to report to the library by 3:30 pm.

Will the library be open during the summer?
The Library will not be open regularly during the summer break but special extended hours may be offered. A daily AR test station will be set up in the school office. Please take advantage of your local public libraries which usually have a wonderful selection of books for children and young adults. They and some local bookstores may even have summer reading programs that will help students to maintain their reading interest.

How may I volunteer?
To build a better library for our students, please join us in the following aspects:

Be a Friend of the Library to work with the librarian on the following:

  • Collection development
  • Library policies
  • Book Fair/ other fund raising activities

Be a Volunteer Helper to help with the routine duties on a regular basis:

  • Book processing
  • Book weeding
  • Book repair and general maintenance
  • Circulation
  • Monitoring

Be an AR Coordinator and Benefactor:

  • Promote reading
  • Support and organize AR activities
  • Manage and run the AR Store (4 times a year)
  • Solicit and collect donations from community, friends and local business
  • Sign on as an AR reader/ AR reading partner (see AR program)

Do you accept donations?
We welcome the following kinds of donations to the library but will reserve the right and discretion of distribution or utilization of donated gifts.

Specifications or arrangements for return of unused gifts may be made with the librarian. If no specifications are made, and the librarian or other school authorities find the gifts unsuitable, we will forward them to other deserving organizations or charities such as The Mercy Schip, The Literacy Council, The Medical Alliance Book Fair.

We accept the following:

  • Money
  • Books (both audio and print)
  • Christian music CDs
  • AR store items
  • Other resources
  • Other useful items and library supplies

May I make recommendations for library acquisitions?
Most certainly! Please submit your requests by clicking Online Library Forms in the library page or send them in writing to Mrs. Wellmon in person.

Who should I talk to when I have concerns about library resources?
For concerns about any library resources, please contact the librarian for immediate discussions.

If your problems are not resolved after the meeting or discussion with the librarian, you may submit a "Request for Reconsideration of Media Center Resources or Classroom Instructional Materials" form which is available through the Media Center, the English Department Chair, or the Principal's Office. A Review Committee will be named to follow up the complaint process.

Resources

The Holy Family library subscribes to many research databases and digital newspapers. Most can be accessed through the MackinVia website or phone app. Students may login using their school computer username & password.

Alternatively, students may request access using this simple web form, the process is automated and instant, upon completion you will receive a link to a printable document with accout inforamation.

Accelerated Reader Program

Accelerated Reader, AR for short, is a nationally acclaimed computerized reading program developed by Advantage Learning Systems. AR brings the wonderful world of children's and young adult literature together with technology to give reading a special appeal to today's children.

AR promotes reading comprehension among K through 12th grade students by developing thousands of reading practice quizzes on quality fiction and informative non-fiction books to accomodate a variety of reading interests. There are also easy-to-use report systems for teachers and parents to monitor their kids' progress.

We believe that reading is crucial to the development of various language and comprehension skills, as well as to the enrichment of the mind. In order to encourage our students to become more active and successful readers, our school has implemented the AR program. Through annual reading challenges and other incentives, the library aims to motivate and encourage students to grow as readers.

Readers can succeed in a variety of ways according to their personal goals and interests. In addition to the annual reading challenges, students can also enjoy spending their "fun-filled" AR points at the Library Store three times a year on prizes donated by the Gorman community and local businesses. We strive to improve the store and, with your involvement, ideas, and donations will make a difference you truly make a difference in our students' achievement.

To maintain our readers' interest in the program and to keep abreast of the newest reading trends, the library continually adds books with AR quizzes to the collection throughout the year. There are also designated subject quizzes available through AR (i.e., Spanish, Science, and Social Studies) which teachers may implement as required reading for a class or as enrichment. The Holy Family Library has full access to all quizzes created by the AR program.

Accelerated Reader FAQ's

Who can participate in the AR program?
Every one from the T K Gorman Catholic School community is welcome to participate if interested. All students are entered as participants after they have enrolled. Faculty and families may sign up with the librarian any time during the year.

Is AR required by every student?
No, AR in this school is an incentive program with lots of rewards, challenges, and events to promote and encourage individual reading. There will also be library stores for participating students to use their reading points on some money-free shopping.

How many tests do you have?
With the web-based subscritpion hosted by Renaissance Place, we now have access to all AR Reading Practice quizzes that have been created.  Readers may take quizzes on books that they own or borrowed from friends and libraries.  Additional Vocabulary Practice and Literacy Skills quizzes are also avilable for personal enrichment.

What is a Partner In Reading?
A parent, guardian, or even a fellow student may team up with a Gorman student to become reading buddies. Through this special partnership, we are hoping that families and friends may spend some quality time together by sharing the joy of reading. They may also give each other reading tips and recommendations, or simply push each other forward like any buddy will do.

Reading teams will compete for the Top Reading Team honor and may also qualify for the Year End Six Flags Party if they are the leaders. Each member of the winning teams has to contribute at least 30 % of the combined scores to be eligible.

How can I be successful if I only want to read the tiny books which hardly have any points?
We want our readers to be successful at different levels and also according to their interests. We have honors like Perfect Readers and Non-fiction Challenge that will allow readers focus on smaller books and non-fiction books and still be successful and motivated. Students maintaining excellent reading records or passing many non-fiction quizzes may qualify in most of our events with flying colors.

How do I identify the AR books?
Each AR book in HFL is marked with a star on the book spine and a special stamp indicating the reading level, point and quiz number inside.

Moreover, readers may log in to their accounts on the school website to look up quizzes for books that they have read. They may search by by book titles, authors and quiz numbers.

Why do I have to do the AR program?
We believe in the power and joy of reading and would like to have you on a ride with us. However AR is not a mandatory part of our curriculum. We use the incentive system so that readers may be properly recognized and rewarded while the non-readers will also be motivated to join us to enjoy the fun and success of reading.

Librarian

Elizabeth Alexander

Librarian
Phone: 903-579-9426
Extension: 426

Resources and Collections

Over 11,000 books

Over 180 eBooks & digital audio books

Over 425 videos

Over 300 Music Ministry CDs & Audio books

Over 30 subscriptions to periodicals 

Research databases Gale, NewsBank & Britannica Online

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