The Rock Creek Library is open to staff and students during regular school days. Each class has scheduled visits to the library each week and it is open for all students during their lunch recess if they choose to have a calm, quiet recess to read, hang out, or check-out and return materials.
All library rules and expectations apply during the lunch recess. If the rules and expectations are not followed, a student may be asked to leave and lose the privilege for a day, a week, or longer. Students coming in during their lunch recess are expected to respect the wishes of any classroom teacher that has a scheduled class time at the same time.
Hello everyone! I am Ms. Alexis Pflegl, though I usually just go by Ms. Alexis or Ms. Lexi (or Mrs./Ms./Miss Lex, Alexa, Alex, any other variation; I'm not picky). It's the name I went by when I started working at the Boys and Girls Club here at Rock Creek in 2013. Since then, the name has stuck.
Back when I attended elementary and middle school in San Francisco, my father would often substitute in the school library. Did I know I wanted to follow in his footsteps back then? No. But I always knew I wanted to work with children in a school setting. So after moving to Auburn and attending Placer High School, I went to Sierra College and began studying Early Childhood Education. However, once I started working at the Boys and Girls Club at the Rock Creek location, I realized I loved these students so much more. While working at BGC, I decided to get more involved with the school and became a Noon Duty Supervisor on my birthday in 2014: September 29th. And once the Library Technician job opened up, I made the decision to leave BGC to spend more time here at the school. I officially became the Library Technician one month before my son, Xander, was born even though I had been substituting long before that. Since then, I have worked tirelessly to make the Rock Creek School Library a fun and exciting place to be.
Here's some more fun facts about me:
Our 2 cats, Neil and Geddy, are named after 2 of the 3 members of the band Rush - Geddy Lee and Neil Peart - although that was not my decision. Their full names now are Sir Geddy Lee Pants and Doctor Lord Neil DeCatte Peart Tyson Tubbington, the Eternal Dragon.
My all-time favorite book series is the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, but if I had my way as a child, I never would have read the series. When I was in middle school, I refused to read it solely because it was popular. My father and I had a huge fight about it. He wanted me to read it but I did not want to. Eventually he told me to read just the first chapter and if I still didn't like it, then I'd never have to read it again. Well, it wouldn't be my all-time favorite series if I had only read the first chapter...
Reading, writing, and language arts were NOT my favorite subjects in school. I loved math and science classes the most. It wasn't until high school when I met my best friend that I really discovered the joy of getting lost in a book. I still have a reading problem these days; once I pick a book up, I can never put it down!
I love to cook, but have no clue how. I can never follow a recipe exactly the same way twice. Some of my favorite vegetables are zucchini, asparagus, and broccoli, and a new favorite I recently discovered: roasted red bell peppers.
I consider myself to be a lifelong learner. I plan to keep learning and going back to school until the day I die. I am fascinated with learning languages, arts, engineering, writing, and anything that catches my eye. And in the near future I plan to continue my education in Library Sciences.
The library rules and expectations are the same rules and expectations for the whole school: Be safe. Be Respectful. Be Responsible. Some library specific examples are:
Walk at all times.
Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
Follow all adults' directions.
Use a quiet, whisper voice.
Use materials properly.
Treat books and materials with care.
Keep books clean and free from damage.
Return books on time.
"Own it. Fix it. Learn from it." If you make a mistake or break a rule - whether on accident or on purpose - own up to it by admitting it, fix it to the best of your ability or ask an adult to help you, and learn from it how to avoid making the same mistake next time.
Students may check out up to 2 books at a time and all books are due 4 weeks from the day they are checked-out. If there is a school holiday or closure that affects the due date, the new due date is the following week on the day of their scheduled class time. After the 4 weeks are up, there is a 1 week grace period (5 school days) before any consequences go into effect. If the grace period is affected by holidays or closures, it ends the following school day whether or not it is the scheduled class library day.
It is up to the student’s teacher to decide whether or not library books may be brought home. Typically, TK through 3rd grade classes keep their library books in their classrooms while 4th and 5th grade classes may bring library books home.
Books may be returned at any time during library hours to the Library Technician in person or to the office staff if the library is closed.
Books may be renewed any number of times for another 4 weeks each time IF the student brings the book to the library to renew in person by the end of the 1 week grace period AND there are no other holds on the book. If there is a hold placed on the book or it is turned in after the grace period (considered overdue), it must be returned.
Students may ask for holds on up to 4 books at a time whenever they like, as long as they do not have any overdue books.
Overdue Book Policy
After the 1 week grace period, books are considered overdue. A notice will be sent home in the student’s Wednesday folder notifying the parents or guardians. Students in classes that may bring books home are unable to check-out, renew, or ask for holds on any books (with the exception of books needed for projects or reports) until the overdue book is returned, the full price of the overdue book is paid in full, or the student has worked in the library during their morning recess (see Library Fines Policy tab). Students in classes that keep their library books in their classrooms are not responsible for paying the lost book price (unless they take the books home against their class’s rule) but still cannot check-out, renew, or ask for holds on any books until the missing ones are found and returned.
Lost Books Policy
If a book is lost, the student has until its due date to find and return it without consequence. At that point, for students that may take library books home, the student has the 1 week grace period to pay the full price of the book without consequence. After the grace period is up, a fine for the full price of the lost book will be placed on the student's record and the same policy as overdue materials goes into effect. We will NOT accept payment for lost books until the book's due date since most "lost" books are found and returned within that time period. There are no refunds for any paid fines.
For students that do not bring library books home, the teacher will work with the librarian and determine an appropriate consequence.
Damaged Books Policy
If a book that was checked out in fair condition is returned damaged beyond the repair capabilities of the Library Technician, a fine for the full price of the damaged book will be placed on the student's record (see Library Fines Policy). However, the student will be allowed to check-out, renew, and hold other books.
Damage beyond the repair capabilities of the Library Technician include pages that are missing, repair attempts with pages that are out of order, parts of the spine or covers are missing, pages with markings, or food or drink is spilled on the book.
Library Fines Policy
Students may acquire a fine for the full price of a lost book or a book that is damaged beyond repair. There are no other fines such as daily late fees or library processing fees added to lost or damaged books. There are no refunds for any paid fines. We request that students be held accountable for their own actions and pay their fines with their own allowance.
If a student cannot pay their own fine, they may instead work off their debt in the library during their morning recess at the rate equivalent of $1 per day until the full price of the book is paid off.
Recently published books donated in good or new condition are welcome and appreciated! If you are interested in purchasing books for donation to our school library, please email Viri Torres, Community Liaison, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our school office at (530) 885-5189.
If you are interested in making a tax deductible donation to the school, please contact Veronica Sanchez via email at email@example.com or by calling our school office at (530) 885-5189. We cannot accept contingent donations specifically for the library; however, our library does benefit from donations given to the school. If you would like to make a donation specifically for the library, please consider purchasing books.
We now have a running Google Docs Wish List for books for our library that is updated regularly here.
I'd like to acknowledge a few generous supporters of our library:
We regularly receive book donations from the Auburn Gold Country Rotary Club. They are our primary source of new library books added to our library and we are extremely grateful for their generosity. Please feel free to check them out here: https://www.goldcountryrotary.org/