HCA Library Materials Selection and Review Policy

The goal of the library is to uphold the mission of our school (Equipping Minds, Engaging Hearts, and Encountering Jesus Christ) and to adhere to a Biblical worldview in the selection of our literature and media materials.

Purpose of Books and Media Materials

We seek to provide books and media materials that:

  1. Enrich and support all subject areas of the school curriculum taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities, and maturity levels of the students served and their teachers.
  2. Encourage and guide our students to become life-long learners and readers.
  3. Stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literacy appreciation, aesthetic values, and ethical, moral and Biblical convictions.

Principles Guiding Selection of Books and Media Materials

Our selection of books and materials will be guided by the following fundamental principles:  propriety, educational potential, moral integrity, aesthetic excellence, and prudence.

  1. Propriety: Biblical standards and HCA policies will determine the selection of materials that are honoring to God and useful to His people. (Phil. 4:8, Eph. 5:4, I Peter 3:15-16, Prov. 4:20-27, Deut. 6:5-9) We recognize and respect a parents role to make choices for what is acceptable in their home, however HCA reserves the ability to choose appropriateness for the greater HCA community. Materials with gratuitous profanity, excessive violence, objectionable sexual content, and questionable ethical and philosophical themes with no redeeming value may be deemed inappropriate.
  2. Moral Integrity: Wisdom, reason, and fairness will be used in selecting materials which represent current world affairs. In the selection process, all attempts will be made to recognize the freedom we have in Christ. Age appropriate materials may be deliberately chosen to encourage the student’s development of a Biblical worldview and to equip them to defend their faith in a culture opposed to Biblical ideals.
  3. Educational Potential: Literature of various genres such as traditional literature (fables, myths, legends, fairy tales, and proverbs), classical literature, fantasy, historical fiction, science fiction, contemporary realism, poetry, biographies, drama, autobiographies, short stories and essays are applicable. All materials have potential for enlarging the students’ vision, deepening their faith and/or sharpening their sensitivity as a Christian shall be sought. Also, materials which provide an opportunity to apply Biblical knowledge and develop critical thinking ability are essential.
  4. Aesthetic Qualities: Artistic excellence, engaging the students’ imagination and emotions, will be sought in materials which provide enjoyment, inspiration and character building potential.
  5. Prudence: Wise care and foresight shall guide the purchase of materials which will retain value for present and future educational needs. The Biblical Worldview, reputation, and significance of author and/or publisher, overall purpose of material and how well it is accomplished, timeliness or permanence of material, importance of the subject matter to the collection, accuracy of material and quality of writing (readability) should all be considered.

Procedures for Selecting Library Books and Media Materials

Specific Procedures for Selecting Library Materials
Professional library staff will consult reputable, professionally developed aids such as: ELCA, School Library Journal, ALA Best Books List, Association of Christian School Librarians, and award-winning works in all areas of academic interest. Classic, as well as recently published works, will be sought.

  1. We will maintain qualitative standards, carefully evaluating materials for superior format, sound literacy quality, authoritative and accurate presentation of factual information and high artistic quality.
  2. Librarians, while taking responsibility for final choices, will solicit recommendations from administrators, teachers, students, other school personnel, and parents regarding items to be purchased.
  3. Gift books and materials shall be accepted. Only resources that are judged to fulfill the criteria listed above, and fill a definite need or gap will be integrated into the collection. If the gift does not meet the criteria, the library staff will make every effort to pass the unneeded materials to other libraries or institutions in need of such items. Library personnel cannot provide monetary estimates of donated materials. All monetary gifts will be used for materials selected by the library staff.

On controversial subjects, every effort will be made to consider challenged materials in a factual manner, taking into consideration the mission and philosophy of Heritage Christian Academy. Concerns of any member of the HCA community should be expressed using the following procedure:

  1. Follow this link for a HCA Library Review Request Form or get one from the HCA librarian. Complete the form and return it to the library.
  2. The librarian will contact the individual submitting the form in a timely manner to discuss the concern. In the meantime, the book will be removed from the shelf.
  3. If the matter cannot be resolved through the discussion between the individual raising the concern and the committee, a request for committee review of the materials should be placed with the principal.
  4. A committee composed of the librarian, two teachers and an administrator will review the material in question. The individual bringing the concern to the committee will be informed of the committee’s decision in a timely manner.

Scriptures of HCA Literature Selection/ Review Policy

Deuteronomy 6:5-9
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Proverbs 4:20-27
My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.  Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.  Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.  Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.  Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.  Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.  Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.