ABOUT YOUR LIBRARIAN: Ms. Gallager received her B.A. in Intercultural Studies from Trinity College, and her M.I.L.S. (Masters in Information and Library Science) from Pratt Institute. She worked for Penguin Books for Young Readers for more than 12 years, as well as at the Brooklyn Public Library for more than three years. She is also the founder of the New York City chapter of the Human Library, an international organization that promotes dialogue between people who have been stigmatized in some way, and members of the public who want to know more about their story and "unjudge" them. Watch your librarian on YouTube!
LIBRARY PHONE: 347-889-7041 ext. 1027
Monday: 8:00-9:00, HS Lunch & After School until 5:00
Tuesday: 8:00-9:00, HS Lunch & After School until 5:00
Wednesday: 8:00-9:00 & HS Lunch
Thursday: 8:00-9:00 & HS Lunch
Friday: 8:00-9:00, HS Lunch & After School until 5:00
LIBRARY MISSION STATEMENT: The Brooklyn Prospect library's mission is to help our students become informed global citizens by providing relevant resources, information literacy, and research skills. We strive to partner with our teachers to enhance instruction, and to connect both teachers and students to resources that could be either local or global. We provide quality and diverse literature, and promote reading for pleasure as an integral part of a successful life.
LIBRARY COLLECTION: The Library currently houses approximately 14,000 books. The circulating collection consists of fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels. Non-circulating items are Reference books (indicated with a red and white sticker) and periodicals.
LIBRARY BEHAVIOR: The Library is a place for quiet study and reading. No food or drinks are allowed in the Library. Students may only check books out for themselves and are not allowed to check out books for other students. Group work is permitted provided that students maintain a low and reasonable volume. Students who do not respect these rules will be asked to leave the library. There is a maximum limit of 18 students that will be allowed in the library at any time. Once that limit is reached, students must study elsewhere. Students are permitted to listen to music on their phones during independent study, but the music must be at a level that is not audible to others.
CHECKING OUT BOOKS: Student checkout limit is five books at one time. The checkout period is three weeks for students, and four weeks for faculty and staff. Books may be renewed twice. We ask that students only check out books during non-class times or after school. Books must be brought back to the Library in order to be renewed. Magazines and reference books may not be removed from the library.
OVERDUE BOOKS: Overdue books are to be returned to the book drop like any other book. THERE ARE NO LATE FINES. Students with overdue books are blocked from checking out more materials until their library record is cleared.
LOST/DAMAGED BOOKS: Student patrons WILL BE charged for lost or damaged books. The lost/damaged fee is the cost of the book. Borrowers should not lend checked out library books to other students, as the original borrower will be responsible for payment if the book is lost. For both Middle School and High School students, the student will be billed via Teacherease.
BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY & BROOKLYN PROSPECT: Our school is just two blocks away from the Windsor Terrace branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, and our librarian is happy to help you find resources that we don’t have but BPL does. In order to put BPL books on hold or use their online resources, you must have a valid BPL card. If you are 13 and older, you can print out this form, fill it in, and bring it to any BPL branch (along with your BPCS student ID card) to get your BPL card.
MATERIAL SELECTION POLICY: Selecting books for Brooklyn Prospect’s Library is an on-going process that occurs throughout the year. Books are selected in an effort to support the curriculum (both Common Core & IB), foster a love of reading, and support the research of a particular student or faculty member. The Library Team is responsible for selecting books. Suggestions from students and faculty are welcome. Requests are usually honored if the criteria for selection are met and the budget permits the purchase.
Criteria for book selection:
DE-SELECTION or WEEDING: The weeding of materials occurs throughout the year. Materials may be weeded if they meet one or more of the following criteria: