Welcome to the Kaiser Elementary Library!

Library Book Check-Out Policy, ECE-5th Grades:

All students at Kaiser (ECE-8th grades) are encouraged to check out books every week. Every student has a unique student ID number which is also their library account number. The library system allows for a 2-week check out period. Since most students come into the library weekly for check out, they are encouraged to return books on their (weekly) assigned check-out day and then check out new books. Students are always allowed to renew books as needed.

ECE students check out weekly, and are encouraged to come into the library with their parents to check out more books.The library is open before school (from 8:45-9:00) and after school (from 3:45-4:00) for check out.

Kindergarten & 1st grade students Kindergarten students are allowed to check out 1 book each week on their own. 1st grade students may check out 2 books per week. Please check with your child’s teacher for the specific day/time your child has for book check out. Parents are always welcome to check out additional books with their child before and after school (8:45-9:00 am. & 3:45-4:00 pm.)

2nd – 5th grade students may check out 2 books but may check out more when needed for research projects.

Lost Books
The DPS district policy requires students who lose or damage school materials to pay for them. Students with lost or damaged library books will not be allowed to check out additional books from this or any other DPS school until payment is made. In general, the cost of a paperback book is $6.00 and the cost of a hardcover book is $15.00, although prices may vary depending on the individual title. Cash or checks payable to Kaiser Elementary are accepted and a receipt for payment will be given to the student.

Overdue Books
If a student has an overdue library book, the librarian will send a friendly reminder notice home. If the book has been overdue for more than a month, the notice will also include the replacement cost of the book. If a parent is unable to make immediate payment, please contact the school librarian, Mrs. Epps, to make arrangements for gradual payment of the book.

Kaiser Library Rules

  • Always respect book, other students, and staff
  • No running or pushing
  • Always use space savers
  • No gum is allowed in the library
  • No drinks or food–leave drinks outside the door.
  • Use soft voices so that you are kind and considerate of other people
  • Clean up after yourself–the library should look good, neat, and tidy at all times
  • Do not reshelve books–leave books you do not know where they go back on the shelf on the reshelve cart
  • Do not push books back on the shelf–all books should be out even with the edge of the shelf
  • Put books back on the shelf with the spines and spine labels facing out so that we can read the titles.
  • Always pick books up off the floor

How to CareFor Our Library Books

Books are wonderful and can take you anywhere. Reading is very fun, so we need to take good care of books so that many people can enjoy them. Here are some ways you can take good care of books.
Always handle books with clean hands. Read your book before or after you eat or drink.

Turn the pages one at a time using the top corner but not the bottom or the middle of the page.

  • Always use a bookmark to save where you stop reading instead of folding down the corner of the page that causes dog ears. Never use a pencil to save your place because this breaks the spine and the pages will fall out.
  • Read library books but do not draw, cut, or write in them.
  • Carry books home in a backpack. Do not put books in the same pocket as a water bottle.(Books do not like water!)
  • Have a safe place to put library books. The safest place is in your backpack. Read your books and then put them back in your backpack.
  • Keep books away from little brothers, little sisters, and pets.
  • Always take books inside and never leave books outside.
  • Hold books with both hands (give your book a hug!)
  • If a book is damaged, do not repair it yourself. Take the book to the Teacher Librarian so they can fix it.
  • Remember to return books on time so others can enjoy them, too.


Five Finger Test

Use the Five Finger test to check the reading level of a book to see if it is a just right book for you. Follow the steps below.

  1. 1. Open the book to the middle. Select a full page of text.
  2. 2. Read the page aloud.
  3. 3. When you come to a word you do not know how to pronounce or the meaning put up one finger.
  4. 4. If you have five fingers up before you get to the bottom of the page, the book is too difficult to read independently.
  5. It may be too difficult with four finger up also.
  6. 5. If you are reading very slowly and having trouble pronouncing the words, and you do not get any fingers up the book might be too challenging and you might not enjoy reading the book.
  7. 6. If you complete reading the page and get 3 fingers up, you have a hard decision to make. Read the book’s summary and if it sounds great, then try the book.
  8. 7. No fingers up or one or two fingers up means the book is probably a good choice and is a just right book. You will enjoy it!