"All students can learn through engagement with school libraries. School libraries play a transformative role in the lives of students - not only by helping them develop intellectually, as measured by standardized test scores - but by encouraging students' intellectual, social and cultural development."
School Library Journal
The Library Media program supports and promotes the instructional goals of the West Hartford Public Schools by meeting the information needs of students and staff. To address these needs, the library media program provides instruction, services, and resources to prepare students for the demands of an information-rich society. Three essential components comprise the framework for effective library media programs: learning and teaching, information access and delivery, and program administration. Conard High School's library media program creates a foundation for lifelong learning by providing:
Instruction and learning experiences which encourage students and staff to become discriminating users of information through instruction
A range of curriculum-based resources in a variety of formats: books, magazines, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks, and subscription databases
Leadership and assistance to staff in integrating information technology with classroom curriculum
Books that support the curriculum in a variety of reading levels
Magazines and books that appeal to student interest
Information technology which enhances communication, presentation and research skills
Guidelines for responsible use of information technology
Facilities which include areas for reading, viewing, listening, research and instruction
An information center which provides opportunities for students to collaborate and make connections across the curriculum
Rules & Policies
Library passes are required for admittance to the library for all periods, including lunch periods, except for students on SRP. Library passes are obtained from subject teachers. Study hall teachers do not issue library passes. However, study hall teachers must co-sign passes written by subject teachers. Students leave their passes on the desk upon entering the library and sign in. After entering, students with passes remain in the library for the entire period.
Students who cut or who are asked to leave the library may be denied library privileges during the school day.
Borrowing, Loans, & Fines
Books and most other materials may be borrowed for three weeks and may be renewed after that time if no one is waiting for them. Audiovisual equipment may be borrowed by students only with a written permission slip from the teacher. Student ID cards may be requested but not retained for circulation of other materials.
Students take responsibility for materials and equipment used in the facility and those checked out. Overdue fines are $.05 per school day for circulating materials.