About WIS Library / Media Center...

 
WIS Library / Media is staffed by Mr. Napier (librarian) and Mrs. Michael (media secretary). Before teaching English and before teaching special education, Mr. Napier remembers back nearly 100 years ago -- when he himself was a student at Westchester -- and thinking, "Wow, this would be a pretty cool place to hangout all day." ... And now he does! Be sure to checkout Mr. Napier's library / media Canvas page to see many of the topics mentioned during weekly scheduled media time. Mrs. Michael previously served as an intermediate instructional aide and currently sponsors Westchester's chess club.

The library database contains over 13,000 print, non-print, and online items. This collection not only spans a wide range of reading and interest levels, but it also includes books written in various languages, such as Spanish and Chinese. Many of our online titles also feature text-to-talk capability.

The main floor collection is organized by fiction, non-fiction, biography, reference, special collections, and, of course, graphic novels. There is seating for both table-top assignments and relaxed reading. The second floor south balcony contains various "brain games" and makerspace activities that build critical thinking skills-- it's a popular recess option for many students.

When searching for reading material, it is always important to find a "GOOD FIT" book. This is a book that is age-appropriate, interest-appropriate, and challenge-appropriate. To find the right book that matches the need, students and staff are encouraged to utilize the online search engine Destiny. (Click the link below to try.)

 Destiny 

Most books may be checked out for a period of two weeks with the option of one renewal. Student iPads can be used to access online magazines (Flipster app) or text-to-talk stories (Capstone app). 

Westchester uses the Scholastic reading assessment known as Reading Counts (RC).  RC is designed to keep track of student reading progress and support reading goals. Westchester owns the access right to all 70,000+ RC quizzes, so students are encouraged to check the Scholastic Book Expert database to see if a title they wish to read has a quiz. (Click the link below. Then type the title or author in the blue box.)

Scholastic Book Expert

WIS Media also sponsors a variety of incentive programs designed to encourage students to extend reading beyond the classroom. Each reading program is distinct and offers a unique schedule of prizes. Click on the links below to learn more about each program's philosophy and the rewards that students can earn.


*Young Hoosier Book Award Reading Club -- celebrating the annual Indiana Young Hoosier book nominees

*Friends and Family Reading Club -- giving students the opportunity to share in the joy of reading with significant others

*Black Belt Book Club -- master your books with a score of 100% and earn your belts along with Pizza Hut Book-It pizzas

*STARS (Students That Are Reading Successfully) -- top 25 readers each grading period who have read the most words 

WIS Media also offers a wide array of activities throughout the school year that support local, state, and national reading initiatives. Here are a few of the programs:

 *Six Flags Six Hour Reading Program -- earn a free tix to Six Flags Amusement Park

 *Seuss Celebration / Read Across America -- celebrate with activities & giveaways

 *Pass-It-On Paperback Exchange -- swap your gently-used book for another

 *LIS vs. WIS Book Battle -- our annual multi-team, inter-school competition 

*Scholastic Book Fairs -- great books, great prices & twice a year (fall, spring)

*Going Green Limerick Competition -- students & staff compete to write their best