Caring for Books

  • Have you ever checked out a library book that had crayon on the pages?  Or somebody else's dinner on the cover?  Unfortunately, many books have been victims of food, drink, rain, dogs, glue, ink pens, markers and crayons.

    Caring for our books properly means that they last longer, look more appealing, and that everyone at Matherville Intermediate has access the the materials.

    At the begining of the school year, students review book care guidelines that they learned during their elementary years. Additional reminders are given periodically throughout the year.

    How Can You Help?
    Let the librarian know if there is a problem with a book so she can fix it. Please do not attempt to repair it yourself.  The library staff uses supplies and materials specifically designed for book repairs.

    We review helpful hints for book care throughout the school year.  Additionally, parents can assist by reinforcing book care guidelines that are taught at school.  These include:

    • Keep books in a safe place at home.  Backpacks/bookbags are a good option.
    • Keep books away from what you eat and drink.
    • Keep books dry.
    • Keep books away from the table when eating.
    • Protect books from pets and small children.
    • Read with clean hands.
    • Use a bookmark rather than bending the page corner or laying a book open face down.
    • Do not use books as coasters for beverages.