About

Welcome to the Tompkins High School Library! We are here to help with your reading, research, and technology needs. We are excited to be building a collection of books, ebooks, and audio-visual resources that support all facets of the high school curriculum! Stop by and check us out!

Library Staff

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Michelle Tuttle – Library Media Specialist

Call: 281-234-1150

Email: nataliemtuttle@katyisd.org

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Julie Scanlon – Library Aide

Call: 281-234-1397

Email: juliescanlon@katyisd.org

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Overview of Program

The mission of the Katy Independent School District library media centers is to educate all students to successfully navigate the information age of the twenty-first century empowering them to be proficient life-long learners.

  • provide access to current and relevant resources in multiple formats through an instructional program that is integrated with the classroom curriculum,
  • ensure that all students, employing a plethora of informational resources, can proficiently locate, access, integrate, evaluate, and communicate information and ideas, and
  • maintain a learning environment that stimulates and enriches an appreciation of literature, intellectual freedom, social responsibility, and life-long learning.

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The library staff at Tompkins High School encourages the students and faculty to utilize a variety of resources to meet academic needs and to provide an avenue for recreational reading.  The intent is to develop skills that will encourage the students to be life-long learners.

The development of informational and study skills is fostered by instructing classes as well as working with students individually.  A multimedia approach to research is taught utilizing a variety of resources such as CDs, DVDs, online resources, books, periodicals, and other forms of media.

The students are also encouraged to participate in various reading incentive programs that are promoted by the library staff (book clubs, Read It Forward).  The information about these programs will usually be available on this website.  The love of literature is also nurtured by the presentations of various authors and illustrators throughout the school year.

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        Hours of Service     

 

Students are welcome to use the library resources between 7:10 a.m. and 3:10 p.m. Monday/Wednesday/Friday AND 7:10 a.m. and 3:30 pm. on Tuesday/Thursday throughout the school year. The library is CLOSED after school on early release days.

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The Collection

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The library houses books (both print and ebook formats) and audio-visual materials including DVDs, CDs, kits and instructional manipulatives.  We may request materials from other KISD campuses as well.  The Tompkins library also subscribes to a wide selection of periodicals and online databases.

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Student Circulation

Students may check out books at any time of the instructional day. ONLY library staff can write passes for students to come to the library during study hall. Students must come to the library prior to their study hall period to get a study hall class. Only 3 students at a time (from a non-study hall class) may come to the library with an official corridor pass. Students must sign in when they arrive and sign out when they leave. There is a maximum of 3 books at a time checked out for 2 weeks.

The books circulate for a two week period and, in most cases, may be renewed.  Each student is given a district ID badge for which he is responsible during the school year.  The badge must be presented at the circulation desk each time he checks out materials.  Since our circulation is computerized, this procedure serves as a means of verifying that the materials are being checked out to the correct patron.

Our policy allows each student to check out books and audio books only.  Additional resources may be borrowed for projects and reports.  Reference materials are circulated only if they are needed for special reports or projects through the teacher.  Our complete reference collection must be available for classes to utilize during the school day.  Most of our reference collection can be found online and can be accessed any time from any place!

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Overdue and Damaged Materials

Overdue notices are issued through English classes each week. There is a 10¢ per book fine per day for overdue books and 25¢ fine per book per day for REF/overnight books. Students are also required to pay for lost or damaged materials.  Students will be refunded if the lost book is returned in good condition.

If a student has lost a library book or damaged a book beyond repair, the student will be asked to pay the replacement value of the book. We are sometimes asked why parents can’t purchase a replacement from a bookstore where the prices are less expensive. The books bought for a KISD library are library bound quality and intended for numerous circulations. The vendors also charge a fee for the processing and cataloging of the books so that they are ready to put on the shelf upon arrival.

Only students with a clear library record are allowed to check out books.

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Instruction and Research

The library media specialist meets with classes at teacher’s request to teach library skills and literature enrichment.  Students are welcome to come to the library at any time to check out materials or use reference materials (see above).

Katy ISD subscribes to numerous authenticated databases that provide information about thousands of various topics.  The databases are located on the High School Resources page of the Katy ISD website.  Passwords are needed to access the databases at home and may be obtained from the library staff.

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