Checkout Policy

  • Van Allen Elementary students come to the library once a week for a 25-minute library class. During this period, a library lesson is presented. Each class also has a 10–15 minute time to come check out books (except kindergarten, which checks out during library class). Following are the library expectations for each team.


    • Check out one book
    • Must return book prior to checking a new one out

    Team 1 (Kindergarten)

    • Check out two books
    • May check out up to two literacy library books

    Team 2 (1st and 2nd grades)

    • Check out 3 library materials (books and magazines)
    • Check out up to two literacy library books

    Team 3 (3rd and 4th grades)

    • Check out 5 library materials

    Team 4 (5th and 6th grades)

    • Check out 5 library materials

    We want students to be able to use the library as much as possible, so we do not charge fines for overdue materials. Each week, an overdue list will be emailed to parents of students pk-4; 5th and 6th grade students will get their own printed overdue notices. If the book is lost or seriously damaged, a charge will be assessed. Please return even damaged books to the library so that library staff can decide on the condition of the book or make repairs. Please do not try to repair a book at home.

    We also encourage students to check out books that are just right. Students learn the process for choosing just-right books in the library class.

    Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about the library at Van Allen. 

    Mrs. Latcham, Teacher Librarian

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.

    Learn more about our District's library program here.