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Library usage: CAJ students, staff, their families and SSS students are welcome to make use of the library. The primary role of the library is to support the educational and research interests of CAJ students and staff. Because our library serves a wide range of students and families whose interests and needs differ, and because there is a wide range of views within our community on what is appropriate for a library, it should be recognized that not all materials on the shelves are acceptable for every student or family. The library is distinct from the classroom in that free choice is involved in the selection of materials. The librarian cannot be, nor should be, a watchman over the materials an individual student chooses. The librarian cannot know either the wishes of the parents for the children or the maturity level of each individual student. The ultimate responsibility for what a student reads and views rests with the student and the parents.
Respectful conduct is expected of all persons using the library so that we can be good stewards of our God-given resources. Abuse of library privileges may result in restricted use of materials and facilities.
Books circulate for two weeks during the school year and longer during the summer. Fines are assessed for books returned late and for damaged materials. Lost materials must be paid for by the borrower. Unpaid fines may result in withheld student records.
The library is open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:25 p.m. except on Wednesdays, when it is open from 9:00 a.m. until 4:25 p.m. During this time priority is given to teachers and their classes. The librarians may occasionally close the library to additional students when a large class has reserved the library. Summer library hours are posted at the beginning of each summer.
CAJ library collection development policy (including books, movies, and videos) Purpose: The library will provide books and media materials which:
  1. Support the goals of CAJ’s statement of philosophy and purpose
  2. Enrich and support all subject areas of the school curriculum, taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities, and maturity levels of the students served and their teachers
  3. Stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, and ethical, moral, and biblical convictions
  4. Are from both Christian and secular perspectives in order to challenge students’ minds and spirits, to develop and nurture them, to better equip students to minister to a needy world, and to respond to the issues of their lives
  5. Serve the recreational and informational needs of the CAJ community in general, where possible, although this is a matter of secondary concern

Principles: The library collection will be governed by the following fundamental principles: appropriateness, educational potential, moral integrity, aesthetic excellence, and prudence.

  1. Appropriateness: Christian standards – such as can be derived from the Bible (e.g., Philippians 4:8; Ephesians 5:4; I Peter 3:15-16; etc.) – shall be placed above personal opinion in selecting materials that are an honor to God and useful to His people.
  2. Educational potential: Materials that have potential for enlarging a student’s vision, deepening his/her faith, and sharpening his/her sensitivity as a Christian human being shall be sought over those that are superficial or narrow in their scope or point of view.
  3. Moral integrity: Reason and fairness shall be placed above ignorance and prejudice in selecting materials which fairly represent the current state of affairs in the world which God has made. Materials which present an honest, penetrating view of life, even though they may challenge or shock, will be considered if they meet the criteria outlined in this document.
  4. Aesthetic excellence: Artistic excellence, engaging the student’s imagination and emotions, will be sought in materials which provide enjoyment and inspiration suitable to Christians.
  5. Prudence: Wise care and foresight shall govern the purchase of materials which will retain value for our present and future educational needs.

The library collection will be governed by the following specific principles:
Award-winning and noteworthy works in all fields of academic interest will generally be acquired. Preference will be given to books recently published.
Classic works in all fields of interest will be sought regardless of their publication date. Priority will be given at various times to collection areas that have been targeted for special development. These priorities will reflect the changing needs of the school curriculum and will be established by the school board, the head of school, the principals, and the librarian in keeping with recommendations given by teachers and such accrediting professional organizations as WASC. Such priorities will result from a regular review of our library collection. Not collected will be materials:

  1. Of an interest or of a research level outside the needs of the CAJ school community
  2. Which use profanity, obscenity, or violence gratuitously, i.e., as the primary attraction to the reader/viewer

Concerns about the appropriateness of materials in the CAJ library collection should be brought to the attention of the librarian. There is a form available to ask for reconsideration of materials. If after one has submitted this form and met with the librarian and satisfactory resolution of the matter is not reached, an appeal can be made to the head of school.


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