Library Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do librarians do at the middle school level?
    • Librarians support students and teachers in many different ways. We make sure students and teachers have access to both print and ebooks that meet personal interests and academic needs. We collaborate with teachers, providing resources and co-teaching support for classes and lessons. We love being able to recommend books and providing a space for students to be themselves. We also support staff by facilitating professional development on teaching strategies, information literacy, and much more!
  • When can students come to the library?
    • Students can come to the Rocky Run Library before school, after school, and during Rock Time. Students must be mindful of their time as we do not write late passes if they stop in between classes.
    • Our official hours are: 7:05-7:25, 2:15-2:25, and anytime during the school day with a pass.
  • What do students do in the library?
    • Students come to the library to check out books, but they can also use our space much like a public library: to sit and get work done, to work with others on assignments and projects, and to have fun! We have some great events planned each year to get students excited about reading, learning, and thinking in the library.
  • What clubs do the librarians offer?
  • How many books can my child check out?
    • Rocky Run students can check out as many books as they can responsibly handle.  MackinVIA is the platform for eBooks & eAudiobooks and Destiny Discover is the library catalog to explore the books on the shelves of our library. Students log into both using their fcpsschools account information and can browse, place holds, and renew items on their own.
  • Is the Inspiration Studio available this year?  
    • We are anticipating that the Inspiration Studio, our brand new makerspace, will launch in Fall 2021. For now, students can experience our Virtual Makerspace (needs an fcpsschools account) to keep creating and learning. Stay tuned for more information about these activities!
  • How can my child get help finding a book to read?
    • We are happy to suggest titles for students and love matching students with the right books for them!
    • Students can visit the library and explore our many displays, ask a librarian or their friends for recommendations!
    • Lots of Rocky Run teachers are readers! Students can ask any teacher for book recommendations, too.
    • Both Destiny Discover and MackinVIA have Librarian Top Picks Collections that can assist students in finding a book they would like to read.
  • How do we pay for lost books? 
    • If you think a book has been lost, please contact Mrs. Grover ([email protected]) to verify that it is not on a library shelf or waiting to be checked in. This is an important first step!
    • After contacting a librarian, use the button on the Rocky Run MySchoolBucks page to pay for lost books.
    • In lieu of payment, you can also purchase a replacement copy. A librarian can help with making these arrangements instead.