Welcome to the Carolyn L. McPhillips Library!
Hours of Operation
8:15 a.m. – 4:20 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)
8:15 a.m. – 3:50 p.m. (Friday)
All Grade 1-6 students receive an orientation at the beginning of the academic year which covers library rules, book care and choosing books. Students are encouraged to select books independently but may ask for help in choosing books based on their reading level and interests. All Easy books and Elementary fiction are labeled by reading level and genre (when appropriate) to aid students in identifying books that suit their needs and match their interests.
Our library software allows library staff to easily maintain the collection and provides students with an electronic card catalog. Library cards are issued to all ASM students and are kept by Elementary teachers between library visits.
Currently all Grade 1-3 students choose 2 books during a weekly library visit and also participate in a separate weekly librarian-led story time. All Grade 4-6 students choose up to 4 books per week during once or twice weekly visits. Students who fail to return their books on time risk losing their library privileges. Please consult the schedule below to help ensure that your child returns his/her books on time each week:
Monday – Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 5
Tuesday – Grade 1
Wednesday – Grade 6
Friday – Grade 4, Grade 6
Students are expected to treat library materials and each other with respect and to maintain a level of decorum suitable to the library. Students are reminded to use library voices, engage in quiet reading once their books are checked, and to avoid running and sliding and fighting over books. Students are encouraged to use bookmarks and to bring needed repairs to the attention of the librarian, who has proper book repair materials available should they be needed.
As an ASM parent, we ask that you help your child locate a safe, clean place at home where library books may be kept during the week when they are not being read. Library books should be kept out of reach of younger siblings and household pets. Library books should not be kept in your child’s school bag to avoid contact with water bottles, leaking pens, etc. Every year we have at least some students who must reimburse the school for lost or damaged library books.
We are pleased to accept donations of good-quality story books or books on any topic written in English, French or Arabic, or of annual magazine subscriptions. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept single magazine issues or English as a second language (ESL) materials. Please consult the librarian if you have any questions.
We welcome visits by parents and are happy to provide an orientation of our facility and resources. Please contact the librarian to schedule an appointment. We look forward to working with your children during the school year. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Malin Halladay Aladlouni