Kearney Public Schools has implemented a district-wide process for determining students’ permissions to check out library and classroom reading materials. The basis of this effort stems from a national conversation on books that are in school libraries and the effort and desire to ban or censor those books.
Library material selection policies require our libraries to provide materials that stimulate growth and knowledge, literary appreciation, support the curriculum, and provide materials on both sides of opposing issues. Our school libraries are responsible for serving all of the readers in our care. Students are not only of different ages; they arrive at school with different reading levels, backgrounds, and experiences that have shaped their lives. We are responsible for offering a wide range of book choices that meet all of their diverse needs. Some of the materials in our media center have content some individuals or families find offensive or outside of their families’ moral values and philosophies.
We respect your right to help your student choose reading material. Your student’s ability to check out library materials or access their classroom teacher’s library can be provided freely with your consent or only after you are consulted on what your child is checking out. We hope that you see this as a proactive effort to enlist our parents in determining what they would like for their children while not limiting the learning opportunities or reading enjoyment of others.
The KPS School or Classroom Library Materials Check-Out Form can be found here: Library Use Form
KPS will require a parent's signature on the Library Use Form. Children without signed permission forms cannot check out books until we have a form on file.
Thank you for partnering with us to make your child’s learning experience one you’d like them to enjoy!