The LRC is open daily during lunch periods and most days after school until 4:30 PM (unless the space is being used for a special event or the librarian is unavailable.)

  • All students entering during a class period that is not their lunch period must have a valid pass from their teacher that period. (Passes from subs will not be accepted.)
  • Students must check in and swipe their IDs at the front desk.
  • When students come to the LRC as a class, they do not need to swipe in or have a pass as long as their teacher is with them.
  • Food and drink are not allowed in the LRC.


Students who wish to go to the LRC INSTEAD OF GOING TO LUNCH can come without a pass but they must enter no later than 3 minutes after the bell, giving them time to get what they need from lockers but not to wander.

Those cut-off times are:

  • M, T, Th, F @ 10:33, 11:33, 12:33
  • Wednesdays @ 10:03, 10:48, 11:33

Students can either remain in the LRC their entire lunch period (no in-and-out) OR they can work in the LRC for the first half of the period and halfway through the period will be guided as one group to the cafeteria.

Those halfway times are:

  • M, T, Th, F @ 10:57, 11:57, 12:57
  • Wednesdays @ 10:20, 11:05, 11:50

After the cut-off times in the first section above, EVERYone must have a pass:

  • A laminated pass from the cafeteria (there are a limited number of passes so once they are out, no others will be allowed).
  • A SIGNED PASS from the teacher they had before lunch.

To avoid interrupting teachers while they are teaching or during their lunch periods, no student will be allowed to leave the LRC to go to a teacher’s classroom unless they show us a pass saying that they are requesting them.

To Check Out a Book

To check out a book, see the librarian/ library attendant at the front desk with your school ID (or tell them your ID number).

  • Take note of the DUE DATE so that you can return the book on time and not accrue late fines.
Book Returns

When you return your book, give it to the librarian/ library attendant at the front desk.

  • Do NOT just leave it on the desk or put it back on the shelf. It will have to be scanned back in so that you are no longer responsible for it and won't be charged for its replacement.
  • If you don't finish a book before the due date, see Ms. DeSoto or the library attendant and they will be happy to renew it for you without penalty.
One Last Important Thing!

When you check a book out, start reading it within 24 hours. If you get to page 15 and you really do not like it, simply bring it back and find something else. We all have different interests and not every book is for every person. So even if someone suggested a book for you, it may not be your style and that is totally fine. Just come and we can find you something else, as many times as it takes.

  • Don't forget to hand it to Ms. DeSoto or the library attendant at the front desk when you return it so you do not get charged for it.

When you come to the LRC to find a book, feel free to go to the shelves and peruse the thousands of books available to you.

If you need help, ask Ms. DeSoto. She will ask you a few simple questions so that she can make suggestions based on your interests and needs.

When You Consider a Book


  • Consider the title.
  • Consider the cover.
  • Read the back and/or inside cover.
  • If you're not interested in a book you pull off the shelf, simply place it in the empty space to the right of where you pulled it and Ms. DeSoto/ the library assistant will be happy to put it back where it goes.

See if TF North has a book and put it on hold!

  • The link above is one way for you to search for a book that is in our LRC. You can search by title, author, topic, etc.
  • Once you find books that you like, you can put them on hold and then come to the LRC (pass required) to check them out.
  • If you need assistance finding a book, (whether you know the title, author, topic, etc. or not) feel free to come by the LRC (pass required) or complete this form so Ms. DeSoto can match you up with the right book.
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Diane DeSoto



  • BS - Secondary Education & Spanish
  • MA Ed - Curriculum & Technology
  • Endorsement - Library & Information Science
  • Illinois Reading Council (IRC) member
  • South Suburban Reading Council (SSRC) member
  • Librarians of the South Suburbs (LISS) member
  • High school Spanish teacher since January 1995
  • TF North Spanish teacher since 2001
  • Highly Qualified ISBE Teacher
  • Meteor Award of Excellence Recipient
  • Calumet City's Lions Club Teacher of the Year Award Recipient
  • Smile and Move Award Recipient
  • Staff Star Award Recipient
  • District 215 Excellence Counts Award Recipient
  • Goodreads Book Reviewer

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