About the Library

Ms. Katie Bava 

Favorite Authors: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Jane Austen, and L.M.Montgomery.


Favorite Music: Mumford and Sons, Jack Johnson, and Nickel Creek.

Pets: Gilbert is my little orange tabby, who loves to snuggle and is very curious. He is named after a character in one of my favorite childhood books, Anne of Green Gables.

Contact Information: Ms. Bava
Room 133

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. - Dr. Seuss 

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. - Aristotle. 


Library Media Center Mission Statement 

The mission of the Trinity Library Media Center (LMC) is to support and enhance the curriculum as well as the academic endeavors of students and faculty.  The LMC strives to provide a variety of up-to-date print and electronic resources. Print resources include both material for research and leisure reading. Electronic resources include Internet resources, magazines, and organizational databases. The LMC endeavors to encourage growth in knowledge, establish a life-long love of reading, and foster information literacy. 

Hours of Operation
The LMC is normally available to students from 7:30am to 3:30pm on regular school days. Students may use the LMC during academic lab periods, senior study, class visits, and with a research pass from a teacher. 
Faculty members are welcome to browse and pick up materials in person or notify the librarian
of their needs via email or phone.

Student ConductThe atmosphere in the LMC is one that fosters academic pursuits. Therefore, students are required to keep conversation to a minimum. Computers are considered research tools and will not have access to games and game web sites.

Student patrons of the library media center must follow the established rules of acceptable behavior listed below.
1.     Use a quiet voice so as not to disturb other media center patrons.
2.     Group work is allowed as long as it does not disturb other media center patrons.
3.     Treat all library media center materials with respect.
4.      No food, drink, or gum inside the LMC.
5.     Listening to music is allowed as long as the student wears earphones and the music can not be heard by others.
6.     Students must log on to library computers using their personal account information.
7.     Credit must be given for all sites accessed when researching for a paper or project, so as to avoid plagiarism.  Ask the librarian if you need assistance with citation.
8.     All school rules, including those that apply to passes, electronic devices, iPads, and the dress code, will be enforced.

Student Checkouts:
Students may check out up to twenty items for their academic and pleasure reading needs. Students are allowed to check out all library materials, except reference, periodicals, and DVDs. The standard circulating period for books is two weeks. Other library material circulating period will vary. Items may be renewed two times, unless there is a hold on the item. Students may have up to ten items on hold at one time. 

Overdues and Fines:
Overdue slips and fine notices will be printed out and distributed to students at school by email or in person. Students are fined $0.10 for each day an item is late after a grace period of 3 days. All fines must be paid by the end of the school year.

Lost and Damaged Items 
When students check out library books or other library materials, they agree to be responsible for lost or damaged items.  The materials are on loan for student use and must be returned by the due date and in good condition.

Some tips for taking care of library materials:

1.     Keep your books in your possession at all times (don't share with others or leave them unattended). 
2.     Keep your books clean and dry, and covered. 
3.     Use a waterproof backpack, or keep a plastic bag inside your backpack that you can put your books in during rainy weather. 
4.      Refrain from tossing or dropping books. 
5.      Refrain from writing in books. 
6.      If you put a water bottle inside your backpack, with textbooks, make sure the lid is screwed down tightly. 

Students will be charged the full replacement cost of any library materials they lose while it is checked out to under their name. Students may be charged for damage to library materials as well. Payment for a lost book is reimbursed should the book be found and returned within the school year in good condition.

It is the student's responsibility to bring all books back to the library to be checked in at the end of the school year.  Debts remaining at the end of the school year will be billed to the student. Any items checked out at the time a student withdraws from school must be returned and paid for upon withdrawal.

Faculty Checkouts

Faculty may checkout unlimited numbers of materials as long as needed. Items should be returned after use so that others may use them.

Reference Materials

Reference materials are to be used by students in the library media center. Faculty and staff may borrow reference materials for use in the classroom when necessary.

Trinity Catholic High School Collection Development Policy 
The purpose of the collection development policy is to provide a guide for the collection development procedures and policies of Trinity Catholic High School Library Media Center (LMC). The policy will be updated as changes are made in the library media center.

The Trinity Catholic High School Librarian assumes final responsibility for the selection of materials. Materials shall be chosen by the librarian alone and in cooperation with faculty, staff, and students.

Selection Criteria 

The needs of the LMC are based on knowledge of the curriculum and of the existing collection. These needs are given first consideration in the selection of materials used to enhance the classroom curriculum.

Materials selected for inclusion in the collection of the LMC shall satisfy the following:
  • Materials shall be chosen to enrich and support the curriculum and the educational, emotional, and recreational needs of the users.
  • Materials shall meet high standards of quality in:
    • physical or electronic format, as appropriate
    • treatment of subject
    • accuracy and currency of information
    • arrangement and organization
    • literary style
  • Materials shall be appropriate for the subject area and for the age, emotional development, ability level, learning styles, and social development of Trinity Catholic High School students.
  • Materials shall represent differing viewpoints of controversial issues so that users may be motivated to engage in critical analysis of such issues, to explore their own beliefs, attitudes, and behavior, and to make intelligent judgments in their everyday lives.
  • Materials shall be chosen by the following criteria:
    • Significance and relevance of the work and subject
    • Cost of the material
    • Uniqueness of the information
    • Availability
    • Space within the library
    • Access
    • Format
    • Copyright and legal issues
The LMC strives to provide patrons with materials that will enrich and support the educational program of the school. It is the responsibility of the school media center to provide a wide range of materials on different levels of difficulty, with diversity of appeal, and representing different points of view. However, the inclusion of any item in a collection does not necessarily mean that the media center or school advocates or endorses the contents of that item.Selection Tools

The following professional resources are available to assist the librarian in the selection process; however, selection is not limited to the use of these tools.
    • Booklist
    • School Library Journal
    • Voice of Youth Advocates
    • Junior Library Guild
    • Amazon.com
    • YALSA (ALA)
    • Goodreads

Request for Media Center Purchases
Because the library media center strives to support the curriculum needs of the patrons, faculty and students are encouraged to take an active role in media center purchases. Requests for purchases are always welcome. Please direct all requests to the librarian.


The LMC is open to all gifts, but reserves the right whether to add the gifts to the collection. Each gift is subject to the review and approval of the librarian who will determine the suitability of the gift in regards to age of material, its attractiveness, and suitability to the collection. Any gift accepted by the library might be donated, sold, or destroyed in the future depending on the needs of the library. Items will not be appraised, but a donor can receive a receipt for their gift.Weeding 
The LMC recognizes the importance of maintaining a collection of current, appropriate, and useful materials. Therefore, a periodic evaluation of the collection will be performed in order to remove or replace materials which are no longer useful. The following guidelines are to aid in the weeding process; however, the final decision concerning the removal or replacement of material rests with the librarian.
·      Weeding by Appearance
            ·  Worn-out volumes: dirty, brittle, yellow pages; missing pages; tattered covers; etc.
·   Badly bound volumes: soft, pulpy paper and/or shoddy binding
·   Badly printed works
·   Books of antiquated appearance which might discourage use
·   Items with missing or broken pieces
·      Weeding of Superfluous or Duplicate Volumes
·   Unneeded duplicate titles
·   Older editions
·   Highly specialized books (when library holds more general or up-to-date volumes on the same subject)
·   Books on subjects of little interest to the local community
·   Books which no longer relate to the curriculum (if specialized)
·      Weeding Based on Poor Content
·   Information is dated
·   Information is inaccurate
·  Stereotypes are present
·  Book is poorly written
·      Weeding According to Use
·  Nonfiction: Book has not been checked out within last 10 - 15 years
·  Fiction: Book has not been checked out within last 5- 7 years (classics excluded)
·      Categories of Books which may be quickly outdated:
·  000s: computer
·  100s: psychology (especially popular literature)
·  300s: college & career materials
·  400s: grammars with dated examples and/or illustrations
·  500s: astronomy, chemistry, physics, biology
·  600s: electronics, engineering, health, technology
·  900s: popular biographies
·  Mistakes in selection/acquisition
·      Categories of Books which are not quickly outdated:
·  dictionaries
·  biographical sources
·  literary criticism
·  classics of literature
·  foreign language literature
·  art books
·  local history/geography
·  books providing general principles of a subject or discipline

Reconsideration of Materials
The LMC values reading for pleasure and academic gain. It strongly supports students’ rights to freedom of information. Please review the American Library Association’s Bill of Rights found at: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill/ . However, the LMC recognizes that occasionally materials selected may be challenged or questioned, despite the care taken in selecting them. Please contact the librarian if you wish to challenge any materials in the collection.

Policies revised 10/3/2013 KBava

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