Hi! At Synergy we allow 6th grade and up to check out YA novels. In 5th grade
they need to have parent permission. We don’t send out a form. If a student is
asking for permission, I tell them that I will need their parents’ permission
and that I will contact their parents.
Sometimes parents give permission for a specific series, like the Hunger Games,
or sometimes they give blanket permission to their 5th graders to access all
teen reads. I then put an alert or note in the circulation system on their
That said, there are YA novels that are just too much for sixth graders but
okay for eighth graders and I find it difficult to make the call for whether or
not they belong in our middle school collection. I would be interested to know
what other libraries do about this issue. Special section? Special tags?
Behind the desk? Just don’t stock them if they are not appropriate for 6th
On Sep 5, 2018, at 4:13 PM, Barbara Cohen <barblcohen@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hi BAISL Folks,
Our library teacher and I are wondering about the age at which you allow
students to check out YA novels. We understand that YA is a giant category,
with a range of subject material, but what is your official rule or rule of
thumb? We have 5th graders interested in our YA collection and are planning
to send out a parent permission form. What do you do at your schools?
Thanks in advance,
Barbara Cohen & Ashley Einhaus
Brandeis Marin, San Rafael