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Middle School Library
Library Staff:
Nancy Genteman, Information Specialist

Mrs. Genteman is the district librarian for Highland Community Unit School District #5. She has been a librarian in the district for 20 years. Previous to working in the school district, she worked at Lovejoy Library at SIUE for eight years and Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library for three years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education/ History, with a minor in Library Science from SIUE and her Master’s in Education Technology with a Media Specialist Certification from Indiana State University.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library.

Mrs. Genteman lives in Highland with her husband, John. They have a son, John and daughter, Julia and a granddaughter, Lexi. Her favorite activities are not only reading, but enjoys gardening, traveling and spending time with her family.

Mrs. Phyllis (PJ) Bolk, Secretary/Library Assistant 

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Mrs. Bolk has been with the Highland School District for 20 years.  Before coming to the Highland School District, Mrs. Bolk was employed with the U.S. Secret Service in St. Louis, MO.  This work and her family-owned business required her to travel extensively.  So she's ready to relax and take it easy for awhile. 

Mrs. Bolk is married to Mike and they have two children Justin and Jennan and one grandson, Hunter.
Mrs. Bolk loves sports and attends many of the HHS football, basketball, softball, and baseball games.  She enjoys boating, reading, playing golf and has recently moved so spends many hours decorating her new home.  She also loves spending time with her family and friends.

The Media Center is open 7:30 am to 3:15 pm every school day. 

Occasionally a class may use the library. 

Books are due on or before the date the librarian stamps on the date due slip in the book. That date is two weeks from the time the book is checked out.


If you need a book longer than two weeks, bring it to the library to renew. 


Lost Books
If a student loses a library book, please report that loss to the librarian.  Students should pay for lost books within one month from the due date.  If the book is later found, the amount the student paid will be refunded to him, minus an overdue fine.

Overdue Books
The fine for overdue items is five cents per school day until the book is returned, up to a maximum of the replacement price of the book.  RETURN OVERDUE BOOKS  TO THE LIBRARIAN - DO NOT put them in the book return.  Fines stop when books are checked in by the librarian.  If you are absent, no fines will be charged for the days you were sick; however, it is the student’s responsibility to communicate this to the librarian.

Please pay all fines or work them off promptly.

Current issues of magazines are in special covers on display shelves and may only be used in the library.  Older issues may be checked out.

Reference Books & Encyclopedias
Some reference books may be checked out overnight only.  These books are clearly marked.  They are due before classes begin the following morning.  If not needed by other students, these may be renewed.  Fines will be five cents per day.