About the Library
The mission of Borlaug Library is to provide services central to student learning.
Students visit the library at least twice a week, once for a lesson taught by the teacher-librarian and once for guided book checkout. Additional classes are scheduled on a flexible basis as needed for research, computer skills, and projects.
Students check out a limited amount of books at a time and are invited to exchange books as often as they want. Students must return their books in order to check out more. Books are due two weeks after they are checked out, but since classes visit the library weekly, they are encouraged to bring back some each week and to check out more. If library materials are lost or damaged, families are requested to pay for a replacement.
Weekly lessons are based upon the Iowa City Community School District Library Curriculum, which has well-defined standards, benchmarks, and lesson plans. Student learning centers around three main areas: Books and Literature, Research and Information, and Technology Skills. Classes in preschool through second grade focus more on books and literature, while classes in third through sixth grades incorporate more research and technology skills.
Computer Lab Classes
The computer lab is often where library classes take place; teachers also schedule the lab for both routine and special activities. Students in all grades use the lab for activities related to their curriculum. Younger students have opportunities for literacy activities, and older students practice keyboarding, use research tools, and create products to share their learning.
About the District Library Program
The purpose of the Iowa City Community School District library program is to enable all students to be effective users of information and to appreciate and enjoy literature and other creative expressions of information.
We believe that ...
- independent, life-long learning is the ultimate goal of schools in our society and that the library program is vital to creating independent learners.
- promoting reading for enjoyment and information is a key element of the library media program.
- all children have the right to equal access to literature, information, and information technologies.
- educational goals are best achieved through the collaboration of an instructional team that includes a teacher librarian.
- the teacher librarian is an instructional leader in the building with expertise in literature, resources, and technology.
- the Information Literacy Curriculum must be integrated with other curricular areas.
- the diverse needs of students demand that learning resources in many formats are available.
- a well-organized, centralized collection of materials in many formats is essential to resource-based instruction.
- libraries are essential to the functioning of a democratic society.