Donna Jo Austin
Head Librarian/Media Specialist, Lower School
(404) 303-2150 ext. 330
Mon - Thurs 7:45 – 3:15
Friday 7:45 - 2:30
Curtis Library resources include over 25,000 books and reference materials. Eight computers are available to students for internet research (all student internet use is strictly monitored). We also offer eBooks that you may download from home. Please contact DonnaJo.Austin@hies.org
for your user ID and password.CLASSES
Scheduled library classes are structured to enhance each student’s learning experience in the Lower School. Pre-first through third-grade classes receive an introduction to library skills and participate in the Georgia Picture Book Award program where we read nominated books. Discussions of these books relate to geography, history, and biographies, as well as other pertinent topics. Fourth- through fifth-grade students receive instruction in library skills including research, reference and proper internet use.CHECKOUT
Students in first and second grades may check out two books for a two-week period. Third-graders may check out three books, fourth-graders may check out four books and fifth-graders may check out five books, all for a two-week period. They may check out and return books any time during the day with their teacher’s permission. While we do not charge overdue fines during the school year, students may not check out additional materials if they have an overdue book. The lost book fee is $15. Daily overdue fines are charged after the final due date of the school year.
Parents are allowed to check out up to six books at a time for a one week period. Parents may not check out any book on the subject of an ongoing class project, more than two books by a single author, or more than two books on a single subject. In addition to supplementing their child’s selections, parents may choose from our professional collection including self-help books and fiction.GIFT BOOKS
A selection of books is available in the library for donation. Gift books are $10 and may be donated in honor of someone for a job well done (i.e., teachers), a special occasion such as a birthday (i.e., students or family), or in memory of someone special.MAGAZINES
Over 20 magazines for children are available for students to browse while in the library. There are also professional magazines available for faculty and parents.