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Don't forget these important policies!

The Aptos Junior High library is open during the school year from 8:10 AM until 4:00 PM, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.  We close at 1:05 on Wednesday and 2:55 on Friday.  Students may come to the library, with a pass, during class time. They may come to the library without a pass before school, at break, during lunch and after school.  The library is open during 5th period when staffed by Parent Volunteers

Students are requested to be considerate of others and keep their voices down.

Circulation Policy


The Aptos Junior High library has a wide variety of items available to students and their families for check out.  These include: books, recorded books, DVDs, & magazines.

Using a valid student ID*, students may check out up to four items.  There is a three week circulation period.


To ensure no loss of library priviledges students are encouraged to turn in their items on time and in good condition.   Overdues are processed weekly. Students and their families are financially responsible for all items checked out in their name.

*A valid student ID will be issued free to each student.  A fine of $5.00 is assessed to students who lose their ID Cards, and library priviledges are revoked.  Upon payment, the student's name will be added to a list and the student shall have all library rights and priviliges restored until the ID is made. ID cards are made once a week.

Copy Machine

(Sorry, the copy machine was damaged during the flood)

There is a copy machine for student use located in the library.  Students must understand that the copy machine is a tool, not a toy.  Students who disrepect the copy machine risk the loss of the copy machine from the library.

Copies cost $.10/copy.

U. S. copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproducitons of copyrighted materials.  Unauthorized reproductions beyond the scope of fair use and other copyright exemptions may be a violation of the law.

Overdue Policy


Over due notices will be processed on Friday afternoon to be distributed to students on Monday during their Language Arts (Core) class.

Students are allowed to check out up to four items.  The maximum circulation period is three weeks.  All library books have the due date stamped on the inside cover.  If the item is not returned or is damaged, the following notification policy will be followed.

Week one: 1st over due notice/bill sent to student

Week two: 2nd over due notice/bill sent to student.

Week three: Student will be given a written warning regarding detention for overdues.

Week four: Detention will be issued to the student.  Student has now had the book for seven weeks.

Week five +:  Detentions will continue to be issued until the problem is cleared.

Students with longstanding over dues will lose library privileges.


19911.  Any person who willfully detains any book, newspaper,
magazine, pamphlet, manuscript, or other property belonging to any
public or incorporated library, reading room, museum, or other
educational institution, for 30 days after notice in writing to
return the article or property, given after the expiration of the
time for which by the rules of the institution the article or
property may be kept, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
The parent or guardian of a minor who willfully and maliciously
commits any act within the scope of this section shall be liable for
all damages so caused by the minor.


Aptos Junior High Textbook Policy

  • Students will be issued textbooks with a value of over $300.00. It is the student's responsibility to care for the books in a mature manner.  Students and their parents are liable for any loss or damage to school materials or equipment up to $10,000.00. (CA Education Code 48904).
  • Textbooks are the property of Aptos Junior High and the Pajaro Valley Unified S. D.
  • Each student shall be issued one copy of all pertinent textbooks.
  • Students shall not loan their textbooks to any other student. FYI: As a courtesy some teachers allow students to store texts in their classroom. The financial responsibility for such materials remains with the student.
  • Students will not be charged for pre-existing damages, but they must turn in a textbook damage report within one week (5 days) of issuance.
  • All textbooks shall be kept covered using  non-adhesive paper or cloth book covers.  It is recommended that during the rainy season backpacks be lined with plastic bags to reduce the chance of water damage.
  • All textbooks issued to students shall be returned to the Aptos Junior High Library prior to ending their attendance at AJHS or at the end of the school year.
  • Parents may purchase extra copies of textbooks from the vendor. Use an approved text book vendor such as Follett
  • Cost of lost or damaged textbooks are as follows:

Minor damage (pencil work, undelining, minor water damage)  $5.00

Major Damage (mildew, profanity, gang tagging, excessive wear and tear) Replacement Cost.

Replacement costs:

Prentice Hall Literature: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes/Bronze Copyright 2002    ISBN 0130548030 $73.00

Prentice Hall Literature: Timeless Voices, TimelessThemes/Silver Copyright 2002    ISBN 0130548049 $73.00

Prentice Hall Writing and Grammar: Communication in Action/Bronze Copyright 2003  ISBN 0130373113  $61.00

Prentice Hall Writing and Grammar: Communication in Action/Silver Copyright 2003  ISBN 0130373435  $61.00

Key Curriculum Press: Discovering Geometry an Investigative Approach/ Copyright 2008  ISBN 9781559538824 $76.00

Holt Physical Science/ Copyright 2007 ISBN 0030426596  $77.00

Holt Life Science / Copyright 2007 ISBN 003042657X $77.00

McDougal Littell World History: Medieval and Early Modern Times/ Copyright 2006 ISBN 0618277471 $75.00

McDougal Littell Creating America: Beginnings through World War I/ Copyright 2006 ISBN 0618689834 $75.00

Big Ideas Math:  Course 2 Copyright 2015 ISBN 978-1-60840-670-8 $89.00

Big Ideas Math Course 2 Accelerated Copyright 2015 ISBN 978-1-60840-671-5 $89.00

Big Ideas Math Course 3 Copyright 2015 ISBN 978-1-60840-672-2 $89.00

CPM Core Connections Copyright 2014 ISBN 978-1-60328-323-6 $77.00


Aptos Junior High cautions that there is a strong black market of stolen textbooks being sold on the internet.  Please buy replacement or second sets of books from reputable textbook vendors only.


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Library Aide Program

Evaluate Websites for Content:

Evaluate these websites using the CARS acronym.

  • Credible: Is the information believable, authentic, trustworthy?
  • Accurate: Is the information up to date,detailed, correct?
  • Reasonable: Is the information Fair, unbiased, objective, or is it merely propaganda disguised as factual information?
  • Supported: Can you find at least two additional sources that agree with your information?  Is contact information for the site supplied?

Boiler Plate (600)

Robotics Alliance (600)

Evaluating Website for Bias, Propaganda, & Gimmicks

Grindline Skateparks (700)

Skatepark Not Wanted (700)

Cool Girl Decks (700)

Skaters for Public Skateparks (700)

Skateboarding: a brief history (700)

Sports injury statistics  (700)

Create a graph (900)

Great American Disasters (900)

Reading Non-Fiction Successfully




Let’s face it.  Non-fiction (NF) books are a whole lot harder to read than a good fiction story.  Here are some tricks to make the experience less painful, even, dare we say it, enjoyable!


Picking a non-fiction book:  

First and foremost find a NF book about something that interests you.  You do have to figure that out for yourself.   While you are in science class does anything spark an interest?  How about in social studies, or elective?  Is there anything in your family’s history that is interesting?  Be curious, ask questions and look around.

Types of Non-Fiction:

Biography and Autobiography are for most junior high students, the simplest transition from Fiction to NF.  These are books about real people.  Because they are set in place and time they follow a story arc that is familiar. 

History Nonfiction  are books about events that happened in the past.  Floods, famines, wars, crime, exploration, and scientific discovery are just a few of the subjects covered.  Like biography these are set in place and time and will follow a story arc.

Information/How-To books describe a process or thing.  Cooking, photography and improving your sport skills all fall in this category, as do books on wild animals, and physics.  These are the most challenging because there is no story arc. Just straight information.

Tips for success:

Before even beginning to read take a moment to ask yourself what you already know about the subject of your book.  Then ask what you want to learn. (It does help to jot these down.)

Quickly flip through the book looking at pictures and reading the captions and subject headings.  If there is a table of contents, read that.  This will help you to do the next, most important step;  figure out at least three questions you would like the book to answer.  Write them down!

Stock up on post-its. As you read it helps to note the important information.  I especially like those arrow post-its for highlighting. Read the prolog and afterward  for any extra information the author may want you to know.  

Finally, did the book answer your questions?  Pull the post-its and review what you thought was the important information just before you come to the library to take the AR quiz.

Recommended NF titles:

Biography: Good Brother, Bad Brother: The story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Boothby James Giblin

History: Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson

Information: Gardens from Garbage by Judith Handelsman