About the Library -- Policies and Procedures

Contact the media center:

  • By email at leslie_cooper@ccsdschools.com
  • By mail at 883 Mikell Drive, Charleston, SC 29412
  • By phone at  762-2767 ext. 66051

Library Mission:

To encourage lifelong learning and to meet the information needs of students, faculty, staff and administration by providing them with the necessary strategies and skills. To fulfill this mission, the library is devoted to easy access to quality literature, equity of resources, competence in information literacy, and leadership.

Student library use:

The Library Media Center is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Students are welcome to check out books after the morning news program ends.
Each class at SPES in grades K - 5 visits the library for 40 minutes each week for information literacy lessons, readers advisory and author information, and to check out new materials. 

Check out policies:

  • All students may check out books.
  • Staff may check out books, equipment, DVD's and periodicals.
  • Students in grades K and 1 may borrow 1 book at a time.
  • Students in grades 2 and 3 may borrow up to 2 books at a time.
  • Students in grades 4 and 5 may borrow up to 3 books at a time.
  • Materials are checked out for one week.
  • Books may be renewed for 1 additional week.
  • Students are not allowed to borrow if they have overdue materials.
  • Once the overdue materials are returned, or lost books are paid for, borrowing privileges will begin again.
  • Students are not charged overdue fines.
  • Library books are regularly returned on the afternoon before the class's library day or the morning of the class's library day.
  • They also may be checked out or returned any other day as well.

Damaged and Lost Books:

Lost books must be paid for before students will be allowed to check out another book. In addition, students will be asked to send money for damaged items. Cash or checks made out to “Stiles Point Elementary” are accepted for payment.

We will refund money for any books that are found before the school year ends, if the amount is over $10.00. If the amount is $10.00 or less, we will not be able to provide a refund.

Book and Materials Challenges:

There are 3 stages to a challenge.  

1) Informal Complaint- Many concerns can be addressed at this first level when the complainant brings their concerns to an administrator, teacher, or librarian.  Typically, discussing your selection criteria and process and emphasizing the choices available to students within your library help parents understand why an item is being used or circulated.  *Remember that any parent has the right to decide what materials are appropriate for his/her children, but cannot make that decision for other students*

2) Formal Complaint- School Level- If a resolution isn't reached, the complainant can initiate the formal process by filling out the Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials or the Request for Alternate Instructional Materials and returning it to the school.  The school has 3 days to schedule a meeting and allow for the teacher or librarian to complete the Rationale for Instructional Use to explain their intentions.  The complainant will share the concerns outlined in their Request and the teacher or librarian will share their Rationale.  The principal usually is the facilitator with this meeting.  *Remember that any material under reconsideration is still used during this process, and a challenged material cannot just be removed by an administrator- this process must be followed.  *
3) Formal Complaint- District Level- If a resolution isn't reached at the school level, the complaint moves to the district level.  5 days are given for the district to assemble a committee of admin, teachers, curriculum experts, and parents as outlined in the policy to meet with the complainant.  If the complainant doesn't agree with the district's decision, then it can be appealed to the Board of Trustees.  


Would you like to help? We can always use library volunteers. If you are interested, we would love to have you come in to help whenever you are available--for 15 minutes, an hour, or half of a day; whatever your schedule allows. Working in the library is fun and rewarding. It is a great way to get to know both students and teachers. Please contact Mrs. Cooper at leslie_cooper@charleston.k12.sc.us or drop by the library for more information.