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. - 4:30 p.m. during regular school days
- Will stay open for 30 minutes after dismissal on early release days
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 (HS 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.
- 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.
- Check out the 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
- Materials are due after 3 weeks and are renewable for 3 more weeks if not on reserve.
- 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 collections are to be used in the library only.
- Remote Access passwords are given to students and faculty for all library databases.
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.
Books/ CDs/ Periodicals---------------------------------------10 cents/ school day
References/ Reserved materials/ Videos-----------------25 cents/ period or school day
- 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 the librarian.
- Computer use is a privilege and is reserved for EDUCATIONAL USE ONLY.
- Users must sign 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.
- Follows the AR Honor Code/Academic Integrity Policy.
- 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
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 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, and that is balanced with the representation of various points of view on different subjects
- To select reading materials that are rich in literary merit, 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 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 Bishop Gorman Catholic School or the library, though a major effort in the acquisition of library resources is to provide students with a rich diversity of human experiences that help 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' rights 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, book fairs, bookstore visits, etc.)
- Consultation of established reading lists such as ones approved by the Lectio Book Program, HAISLN, and others
- 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
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
Who may use the Holy Family Library?
In addition to our students, faculty and staff, everyone from the Gorman community is welcome to use the Library Media Center. Just drop in if you need a place to read, use the computer, or even sign up to be an AR reader.
Students are welcome to check out up to five units of library materials but requests to borrow more are often granted. Parents and friends of the school may also check out library materials, including books, Music Ministry CDs and videos.
How long may I keep library materials?
The general loan period for books, audiobooks, and music CDs is three weeks. The loan period for E-readers is two weeks. Some materials may be set up for specified loan periods such as overnight or 2-day upon teacher request.
Videos and periodicals may be checked out to students and members of the community for two days. Reference materials may be checked out overnight.
Patrons may renew library items if they are not requested by other patrons.
Does the library charge overdue fines?
Yes, patrons are responsible for returning their library resources in a timely manner 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 visit the library during their free time, such as in the mornings, during advisory, lunchtime and after school.
Middle School students report to the library before school and then come to the library with a pass. No hall pass is necessary after school.
How may I volunteer?
To build a better library for our students, please consider supporting the Holy Family Library through:
- Collection development
- Book Fair/ other fundraising activities
- Book processing
- Book repair and general maintenance
Become an Accelerated Reader Coordinator and Benefactor:
- Promote reading
- Support and organize AR activities
- Manage and run the AR Store (3 times a year)
- Request and collect donations from community, friends and local business
- Sign on as an AR reader/ AR reading partner (see AR program)
Is the library currently accepting donations?
We appreciate and gladly accept donations of books and resources in good condition. Donations that are not added to the library can still benefit the library through our book sale or through the AR store.
Unused gifts may be forwarded to other deserving organizations or charities such as The Literacy Council of Tyler.
We accept the following:
- Financial contributions
- Books (both audio and print)
- Christian music CDs
- AR store prizes
- Other useful items and library supplies
Acknowledgments will be sent to all donors. A tax acknowledgment letter will be sent upon request.
How do I recommend a book?
Book recommendations are always welcome! Please submit your requests by clicking Online Library Forms on the library page or visit Mrs. Alexander in the library.
To whom should I speak when I have a concern about library resources?
For concerns about any library resources, please contact the librarian.
If your concerns are not resolved after meeting 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 formed to initiate the reconsideration process.
The Holy Family library subscribes to a variety of 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, and upon completion, you will receive a link to a printable document with account information.
Accelerated Reader Program
Accelerated Reader is a nationally acclaimed computerized reading program developed by Renaissance 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 encourage a variety of reading interests. There are also easy-to-use report systems for teachers and parents to monitor student 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?
Everyone from the Gorman School community is welcome to participate in the AR program. 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, at Gorman AR is primarily used as an incentive program with rewards, challenges, and events designed to promote and encourage individual reading.
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.
Each member of the team has to contribute at least 30 % of the combined score to be eligible. The top middle school and high school teams will qualify for each of the AR parties.
What if I prefer to read short books (that have only a few AR points)?
We want our readers to be successful at different levels and also according to their interests. We have incentives for students who would like to set a goal to be a Perfect Reader (having a 94% average on 12+ quizzes) or Non-fiction Reader (reading 10 or more nonfiction books). Please visit the library for more information or to sign up.
There is something for everyone who would like to grow as a reader!
Resources and Collections
- Over 11,000 books
- Over 180 eBooks & digital audiobooks
- Over 425 videos
- Over 300 Music Ministry CDs
- Over 30 periodical subscriptions
- Research databases Gale, NewsBank & Britannica Online
- AR Practice Quizzes