How many books are in the library?
Fiction, Nonfiction and Reference Materials 18,200 volumes
Audiovisual Materials 1,107 items
Professional Books 450 volumes
Parent Collection 45 volumes
Professional and Student Magazines 55 subscriptions
There are 7 computers in the library and 10 computers in the library classroom for student and staff use. We also house 25 netbook to use with our wireless network. We also have 6 Nook ereaders available. All computers are networked with the library catalog accessible from every computer throughout the building.
When is the library open?
The library is open to students, staff and parents every school day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
With prior approval from Ms. Idleman, students may stay after school for research and homework assignments.
How do I borrow books and other library material?
Books and other library materials may be checked out during library hours. Every class has a regularly scheduled book selection time every two weeks. In addition, students are welcome to come to the library at any time with approval of their classroom teacher.
How do I find books?
Our online library catalog is an excellent resource for finding books. If you need help with the catalog, locating information, or a good book recommendation, ask us!
What if the book I want is checked out?
You can put a "hold" on the book. Then, when the book is returned, you will be notified to come to the library. To put a hold on the book, write the title of the book, your name and your pin number on notepaper and give to the staff.
Can I check out videos/dvds or audiobooks?
Dvds are reserved for teacher check-out only. Audiobooks in cd-rom format or Playaways are available for student check-out.
What if I have overdue books?
Library materials are checked out for two weeks and may be renewed twice, if there are no hold requests for the book. Students with more than 4 overdue books will not be allowed to check out additional materials until overdue items are returned. Overdue notices are given out during the second week of each month.
I received an overdue notice for a book I believe I returned. What should I do?
Come to the library to tell us. It is possible that the book was returned after the overdue notices were printed.
Does the library charge fines?
The library does not charge fines for overdue books. However, students are expected to pay for the replacement of any lost or damaged materials.
What if I accidentally damage a book?
Please tell us right away if the book has been damaged or has loose pages. First, we will try to repair the book. Although we appreciate your help in repairing, it is best if you let us make the necessary repairs. If we are unable to repair the book, then you will have to pay for its replacement.
What should I do if I have lost a book?
First, come to the library. We will check the library shelves for the book. Next, look in your locker and in your classroom. Sometimes the library books are accidentally mixed in with the classroom's books. Then, check all those magical hiding places at home: under the bed, behind the bed, your bookshelves, the closet and all your favorite reading spots. If you still cannot find the book, then it will be necessary for you to pay for it. Checks should be made out to West Woods School Library. If you find the book after you have paid for it, return the book to the library and you will receive a refund.
Can parents help in the library?
Volunteers play a major role in the library program at West Woods. Volunteers assist students in locating materials, checking out materials to students and shelving the materials. If you are interested in helping in the West Woods Library, please contact Ms. Idleman.
Does West Woods Library have a book fair?
Definitely! It is one of our favorite weeks in the school year. The book fair is held each year in March. The funds raised from the book fair support the Battle of the Books reading incentive program, Nutmeg Book Award program, visiting authors and material purchases. Anyone interested in helping with the book fair can contact Ms. Idleman in the library.
What if the book I check out is offensive to me?
If you do not like the book, please return it to the library and select another. I am sure you understand that every book is not the best choice for every student. Reading is a joy and it is my pleasure to help you find good books that you will enjoy. However, you and your parents know better than I do what library materials are best for you and your beliefs. Please feel free to talk with me about the book and your concerns.