Media Center Hours & School Policies
The Manatee Media Center is open during the week from 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Our doors are always open to returning books and checking out new book selections...all day long!
Although the Media Center hosts 7 classes every day, students are welcome to check out books any time of day with permission from their teachers. Students will visit the Media Center each week based on the classroom activity schedule where they can check out and return books on a regular basis.
Students in Kindergarten begin checking out books after routines have been established. We celebrate this big event through a Kindergarten Pirate & Pajama Night in September. New this year, First Graders will have another Pirate & Pajama Night to check out chapter books!
Students in 1st grade through 6th grade begin checking out books on the first day of school after reviewing procedures. We don't wait to read at Manatee!!
Students in grades K through 6th grade may check out the following number of books:
Kindergarten: 1 book at a time
1st & 2nd grade: 2 books at a time (I encourage students to check out a fiction and a non-fiction book on their level.)
3rd-6th grade: up to 3 books at a time
Books are due back within two weeks of check out. Classrooms utilize a blue basket for daily book return to promote frequent circulation. Students are encouraged to return books every morning. If more than 2 weeks is needed to finish a book, students can request to renew the book. There are no late fees for overdue books.
However, fees will be charged for lost and damaged books. The fee is based on the media center’s cost to replace the book. Payment can only be in the form of a check: payable to Manatee Elementary. Cash payments will no longer be accepted.
Parents may share personal requests or restrictions for us to document on their child’s computer record. This is an option intended to support parent requests during book checkout.