Upton Media Center FAQs


Q: Who works in the Media Center?

A: Mrs. Dirlam is the Media Specialist. Mrs. Anderson is the Media Center Aide. You will also find Parent Volunteers here every day. We are all here to help you. Be sure to ask! Sometimes, such as Book Fair weeks, we need plenty of Student Volunteer help! Listen for Announcements. It is fun!!!


Q: When is the Media Center open?

A: Monday - Thursday 7:30 - 3:45 and Friday 7:30 - 3:30.

Q: May I come to the Media Center during lunch?

A: Yes. You must have a pass from a teacher explaining why you want to use the Media Center. You also need to sign in. Once here you must stay until class begins again.


Q: What materials may I check out?

A: Students may check out fiction and non-fiction books and past issues of any magazines. Reference books (with an R on the spine) do not check out.

Q: How many items may I have at once?

A: Four!! It may be any combination of books and magazines.

Q: How long may I keep things?

A: You may keep any book for 2 weeks. Magazines may be kept for 3 days.

Q: May I renew my books and magazines?

A: You may renew any item ONCE. If you have a "special" situation, see Mrs. Dirlam or Mrs. Anderson.

Q: What happens when a book is overdue?

A: You should pay attention to the due date card in the pocket! :) You will get an overdue notice in your ELA class on Tuesday. Come to the Media Center right away to return your book. We do not charge fines. We expect Upton students to "fair share".

Q: May I check anything out if I have an overdue?

A: No, but you may have a book or magazine held for you until you return your overdue by 8:00 the next morning!

Q: What happens if my book is lost or damaged?

A: If your book is damaged, Mrs. Dirlam will determine if it can be repaired. If it is beyond repair or lost, you must pay to replace the book. We will give you the price and add $3.00 to cover the cost of covering and processing it. You may NOT replace the book with another book. If you find a lost book and have already paid to replace it, we will refund your money.

Student Guidelines

Q: May I have food, candy or drinks in the Media Center?

A: We do allow you to eat the snacks sold in the media center at the tables - but no drinks or food at the computers.

Q: Do I have to whisper in the Media Center?

A: Use a "smart voice". Think about the people working around you. You do not want to disturb them.

Q: If I decide I don't want a book that I took from the shelf, what should I do?

A: Just bring it to a parent volunteer or to the circulation desk and one of us will put it back for you.

Q: If my teacher sends me to the Media Center to work or check out a book, what should I bring?

A: You must have a pass from your teacher, you need to sign in, and then have your pass signed to take back to class.

Snacks and Other Sales

Q: What is always for sale in the Media Center?

A: Snacks and small bottles of water are for sale for .50 cents. Pencils from the machines are .25 cents each. Flash drives with the School Logo are $10.00.

Q: When should I come to shop?

A. The best times to shop are before and after school. You may come between classes but be sure you are not tardy for class!

Q: Do I need the exact amount of money?

A: We can make change but please try not to bring large ($20.00) bills.

Q: How is the money used?

A: The money is used for special events like visiting authors and also for extra books and other materials for you!

Q: Are there special sales?

A: Yes! We have Book Fairs twice each year and sometimes have special things for sale.

Enjoy using your Upton Media Center !

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