Library & Technology Resources

The Westwood Elementary Library and Media Center features thousands of fiction and nonfiction books, audio books, professional books, and reference materials for our students and staff.  We provide educational resources and recreational reading materials in order to assist our students in becoming lifelong readers and learners.  The Library and Media Center operates on a flexible schedule and is open for students throughout the day.

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Mission & Strategies

The Westwood library staff operates on the assumption that all students can learn to read when given the opportunity. It is the goal of the staff to provide ample opportunities for students to practice reading skills acquired in the classroom setting.

Media Center Policies

Kindergarten through 3rd grade students will be given a book bag at the beginning of the year to use to protect the book and help locate books for easy returns.

Books may be kept for one week. Students who do not return books are not allowed to check out additional books.

Books are collected in the classroom and sent to the library on the morning of the classroom’s library day.

Books damaged while in a student’s care will be assessed by the librarian to determine whether repairs can be made. Lost books and books damaged beyond repair are billed to the student/parent. The student may check out additional books when the damages are paid for.

This book selection policy reflects the student/teacher needs for Westwood Elementary. The purpose of the school library media center is to provide developmentally appropriate instructional materials and recreational materials so that each student has the potential to develop to the best of his or her ability, mentally exploring the widest possible opportunities. The collection should support the curriculum in all disciplines as well as provide a common body of knowledge.


  • Book purchase requests may be made by faculty, parents, or students. The final purchase decision will be made by the library media specialist after consulting a variety of selection aids.
  • Criteria for selection will be made considering how the item supports curriculum, developmental appropriateness for patrons, timeliness of material, current selection on topics, etc.

Materials that have disfigurements beyond repair, are outdated and obsolete, or that are deemed age or developmentally inappropriate will be removed and discarded from the library media center.

Any patron or parent may challenge a selection by completing a “Request for Reevaluating Media Materials” form.  Challenged titles will be reevaluated by a committee composed of parents, teachers, media specialist, and the principal. The media specialist will be responsible for researching other challenges for the same title.