About the Library

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The Thomas O. Hansen Memorial Library

The library was named after Tom Hansen, teacher and coach, at Cleveland High School from 1968 to 1980. He taught health, science and physical education, and coached football, track and field, and gymnastics. He was a friend to students, faculty, and the community. The Thomas O. Hansen Memorial Library was dedicated on November 14, 1980.

Library Policies

Checking Out Books: General reading books are available for check out. Students may check out up to three books for a period of two weeks. Magazines may be checked out overnight. Overdue materials are charged a fine of 10¢ per day. In order to check out materials, students should present their ID to the desk attendant. Teachers may check out materials for four weeks. Records for teachers must be cleared at the end of the semester.

Library Passes: During class time, students must have an official library pass signed by their teacher. There is a limit of four students on passes per teacher per period. Students do not need a pass to visit the library during their free time.

Class Visits: Teachers should sign up for the library at least one week in advance, because the library is very much in demand. The Research Teacher is available for collaborative lesson planning. Teachers are responsible for arriving with and staying with their classes.

Library Resources

Print Materials: The library contains over 24,000 books and reference materials, which support the curriculum, special interests, and reading for pleasure. We have a large collection of graphic novels (manga). There is also a collection of books in languages other than English. We have an exemplary selection of materials on artists and art processes.

Electronic Materials: The library has twenty-six computers and sixteen laptops available for use anytime we are open. LAUSD's Digital Library provides students access to up-to-date online reference materials. We instruct patrons on how to use this invaluable resource, which contains hundreds of curriculum-related databases. For off-campus database usage, see Ms. Broger-Mackey for information on how to activate district e-mail accounts, which are needed for access. We also have a limited selection of e-books.

Audio Materials: Listen to your favorite book! We have quite a few Playaways and a very limited number of audiobooks. Ask at the circulation desk for assistance.

Children's Reading Room

Our Children's Room has been specifically designed for reading activities with young children. It features a fine selection of Pre-K books, young adult books on all aspects of parenting teens, and lesson planning for the early grades. The collection is intended for and used by pregnant and parenting teens, and to encourage teens, their parents, and staff to read to young children. Drama, ESL, English, and art classes have also used it. We encourage students or staff members with young children to take advantage of this unique facility.

Staff Book Exchange

Have you been spending a fortune on the latest best sellers? Visit the Staff Book Exchange in the library workroom and swap a good book. Take your time with a book, as there are no due dates. Just bring in your old books to swap with others.

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