Library Media Parent Information

  • Families have varying preferences and needs and each library is maintained to provide the books and resources that meet those varying needs and preferences. Parents are encouraged to direct their children’s reading through open dialogue about what they want them to read or not read. 

    Students in LPS learn from librarians at every level that they have choice in what they read and do not read.  Librarians share with students frequently that if they check out a book that they are not interested in or that makes them uncomfortable that they should return it.  Students are empowered to choose which books to read and are free not to choose or to abandon any book that is not a good fit for whatever reason.  The following documents represent the rights and responsibilities of a reader that are shared at each level.

    Rights and Responsibilities of a Reader-Elementary
    Rights and Responsibilities of a Reader-Secondary Bluejays
    Rights and Responsibilities of a Reader-Secondary Eagles

    Books in each school library are circulated only to students at their particular level; however and to clarify - if an elementary student requests a book from a middle or high school library that is not already in an LPS elementary library, the book will not be checked out to them without parent permission via a signed form.  Conversely, if a high school student requests a middle school book, no form is required.

    Parents have the option to restrict their child(ren) from reading specific print books by communicating via email with the school librarian.  The restriction is then noted in the student’s account in the library circulation system so that each time they come to the library for checkout the restriction is evident to the library staff member. 

    Mid-Continent Public Library Partnership
    Through an agreement with Liberty Public Schools, Mid-Continent Public Library provides a digital access account for all LPS students with parent permission. This account allows students to use their LPS username to access books and digital resources to support their learning. Resources include research databases, homework help, ebooks, digital sound books, digital magazines, online courses, language learning resources, and more. Multiple MCPL resources are used during instruction by teachers and librarians. The digital cards that MCPL provides do not conflict with personal library cards that students may already have. Parents authorize the digital MCPL account through the LPS online registration process. 

    Library Media Surveys

    Each year in January, school librarians deploy surveys to students about the library media program in each school.  Results from this survey are used to improve library programs, instruction, and collections (both print and digital).  The questions can be viewed here:  Elementary Student, Secondary Student.  Like other surveys your child has participated in during their time in Liberty Public Schools, you can elect to decline your student’s participation.   The LPS Parent Survey Decline Form was sent out in August and included the option to decline Library Media Survey participation.  You may also complete the form at this time.  Please complete the form by January 6th, 2023 if you would like to opt your student out of the Library Media Survey.

    Additional information, including LPS policies regarding surveys can be found on the LPS Assessment website under District Survey Information.

    Please email Mrs. Andrea Sumy, Director of Library Media Services at andrea.sumy@lps53.org if you have any questions.