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Mrs. Phyllis (PJ) Bolk
Secretary/Library Assistant

Highland Middle School
Vice President, Highland ESPA.

Mrs. Bolk was born and raised in East St. Louis, IL, moving to Highland in 1972.  She graduated from St. Paul High School in Highland.  Mrs. Bolk has been employed with the Highland School District for 18 years.  She started her career in 1998 at the Highland High School Library and is currently enjoying the students in the Library at Highland Middle School.

Mrs. Bolk is married to Mike and they have two children Justin and Jennan and one grandson, Hunter.  Mrs. Bolk loves keeping up with her grandson along with boating, reading, and enjoying time with her family and friends.

Mrs. Nancy Genteman

Highland CUSD#5 District Librarian

Mrs. Genteman has been employed in the Highland School District for many years.  Thirteen of those years were spent as the high school librarian and four years as both high school and middle school librarians. Mrs. Genteman serves as the K-12 librarian.

Before returning to teaching, Mrs. Genteman worked for eight years as a library technical assistant at Southern Illinois University Lovejoy Library.  Before that, she worked for three years at Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library in Highland as an assistant librarian/assistant children’s librarian.

Mrs. Genteman holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in secondary education and history with a minor in library science.  She also has a Media Specialist Certificate, with an emphasis on school libraries.  Mrs. Genteman is a member of the board for the Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library as well.

Mrs. Genteman lives in Highland with her husband, John.  They have two children: their son, John, lives in St. Louis with his wife, Jessi and daughter Lexi.  Their daughter, Julia, lives in Highland with her husband, Justin Tyler.

Mrs. Genteman loves gardening, reading, and sports.  Although she loves all sports, she especially loves soccer.  She also loves spending time with her family. 

The Media Center is open 7:15 am to 2:30 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.  ALL BOOKS ARE DUE ON A WEDNESDAY.


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.