Welcome to the Westford School Library



About the Library

  • Think * Create * Share * Grow

    The mission of the EWSD libraries is to create inviting learning environments that inspire and honor curiosity, creativity, and collaboration. In partnership with students and staff, we support and recognize reading as the foundation for students to become skilled in multiple literacies. We strive to ensure that students become successful lifelong learners.

     

    COVID-19 Information

    • Our library is open for in person use to all students and school community.
    • Books can be requested by filling out this form and can be delivered to classrooms or picked up at school. 
    • Books can be returned at any time to the outdoor book return at the main entrace to the school.
    • Physical distancing is in place for all library classes and patrons while in the library.

    Library Lending

    The Westford library collection is available to all students and staff. Student lending procedures are as follows:

    • Preschool and kindergarten- 1 item at a time
    • First and second grade- 2 items at a time
    • Third and fourth grade- 3 items at a time
    • Fifth-eighth grade- 4 items at a time (additional materials needed for classwork may be checked out with permission) 
    • Audio and ebooks are available to all in the school community through our digital Sora collection.
    • Materials may be renewed unless another patron is waiting. 

    Overdues

    • No fines are charged for overdue items. 
    • A replacement cost will be charged for lost/badly damaged items. 
    • Further checkouts may be limited if multiple overdue books are not returned.
    • Students will always have access to library books to use in the classroom but may not be able to take them home if they have multiple overdue books.

    Library Bill of Rights

    The Westford School Library adheres to the Library Bill of Rights to ensure our collection provides for all members of our school community. 

    Media Selection Procedure

    EWSD libraries strive for diverse and inclusive collections that meet the needs of all readers. Our media selection procedure can be found here.

     

Westford Library Blog

  • Shelter Building

    Posted by Elizabeth Shelley on 12/11/2018 1:00:00 PM

    This week students in grades k-4 read the book Shelter by Celine Claire and discussed the themes of kindness, sharing and welcoming. The bears are out in a terrible winter storm with no shelter but are willing to share their tea. One by one the animals turn them away. Even when they have space, heat and food to share they do not extend any kidness to the bears. When the fox family is asked for help they cannot take the bears into their small den. Instead they share a lantern with the bears and wish them well. When the heavy snow causes the fox den to collapse the bears are ready to welcome them to their shelter. The students discussed the ways that the simple act of sharing a lantern caused the bears to repay this kindness, even after they had been dismissed by so many. 

    We then built our own shelters for brother and little bear using our Keva Planks and tealights for fires. We learned that when we work together and have more resources we can build an even bigger shelter. Some shelters are small and cozy, while others have an upstairs with spaces in the planks for the heat to rise. Take a look at the amazing shelters students created!

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  • VINS Visit

    Posted by Elizabeth Shelley on 12/3/2018

    Students in kindergarten through fourth grade have been learning about animals after reading the book Hello Hello. We learned that one of the best things we can do to help protect animals is to learn about them and share our knowledge with others so that more people will know and care about them. In November we had a special visit from the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and three raptors. We met a red tailed hawk named Chewonki, a barred owl named Troy and a kestrel named Westford. We learned about how each one was in need of help and went to live at VINS. Westford was extra special, as he was found in Westford! We loved welcoming him back to his hometown for a visit. Take a look at the pictures from our visit. 

     

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