School Library

Every student succeeds at the St. Joseph Library! We are excited to serve students in Kindergarten through eighth grade. Our primary goal is to support students, parents, and staff in reading and researching both for pleasure and knowledge.

The mission of the library information literacy program is to ensure that students are effective users of ideas and information, with skills and experiences to develop a life-long love of reading and learning. (ALA Information Power: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs)

Please visit our links below to find information specific to grade levels. For further information, please contact us or, better yet, come in to visit!

Online Catalogs

Click below to search the online catalogs.

Check-Out Policies & Procedures

Check Out Policies

  • Kindergarten - 1 book
  • 1st Grade - 2 books
  • 2nd Grade - 3 books
  • 3rd Grade - 4 books
  • 4th Grade - 5 books
  • 5th Grade - 6 books
  • 6th - 8th - maximum of 10 books checked out as needed (for research and reading)

Kindergarten – 2nd grade may check out books for one week.
3rd – 5th grades may check out books for two weeks.

CHECK OUT Procedures

  • Select books quietly. Ask for assistance, if wanted.
  • Choose books for enjoyment and school purposes.
  • Work on class activities quietly until it is your turn to check out books.

Daily Library Schedule

11:00-11:455A7/8 Study Hall7/8 Study Hall5C5B

Library Rules

  • Respect library materials and staff.
  • Put everything in its correct place.
  • Share by returning books on time.
  • Use a quiet voice.
  • When you are finished with your assignment or with checking out books, sit and read quietly.


Kindergarten through 6th grade classes follow a library curriculum, which is embeded in various lessons.

Kinders - 2nd Grade: Read stories and work on basic library skills, such as identifying parts of books, how to locate books in the Fiction areas, how to find “just right books, and what the different areas of the library are.

3rd & 4th Grade: Graduate to breaking the code of the Dewey Decimal Classification System, using the library catalog system, and becoming familiar with areas of personal interest in the library’s nonfiction section.

5th & 6th Grade: Work on Independent Research - Learning Contract work which involves combing the skills students have learned in Computer Class (ethical online research) and in library to study, in depth, topics of their own choosing.


3rd - 6th Grade students earn grades in library. Their academic work is worth 80% of their grade and their behavior and effort are worth 20%.

Students are graded on a 4 – 1 or A – F.

Effort looks like:

  • Following the rules
  • Participating in discussions
  • Trying your best on assignments
  • Helping others

Student Resources

Student Resources

We invite parents and students to check out these great resources to support curricular subjects at each grade level.

Click to explore student resources.

Parent Resources

Parent Resources

The links below will guide you to some reading and research sites. Other information, such as curriculum and grading, can be found via the Parent Portal.

Curriculum Maps

Staff Resources

Staff Resources

Supporting you in your work in the classroom is vital. Please use the links in the staff portal and below and feel free to suggest others that you know would be useful, too.

Scholastic Teachables

Book Recommendations