Library & Media Centers
Lower School Media Center (Library)
An integral part of the curricular program at Westminster Lower School, the primary objective of the media center is to expose students to books at an early age and instill a lifelong love of reading. Classroom teachers and the media specialist work together to plan an effective instructional program at each grade level.
Students in Pre-K through second grades have scheduled library classes once a week where they are taught library skills, listening skills, the parts of a book, the Dewey Decimal System, how to use the library and card catalogue, and research skills appropriate to their grade level. Guest readers also read to the students in Pre-K through second grades during library time.
Our collection holds periodicals and more than 10,000 books. Our online research and reference database, Galileo, contains over 150 searchable databases that support student research. The media center environment enhances learning experiences and is built upon concern for the academic and spiritual progress of each student.
iPad ® Learning Center
One of Westminster’s newest additions is the iPad Learning Center. Students in fifth grade complete a unit on how to use and care for an iPad before they are ready to use these innovative learning tools. Through the use of educational apps, students are able to use the iPad in conjunction with the curriculum for Social Studies and Science class work.
Accelerated Reading List
To check if a book is part of the Accelerated Reading program or to check a book’s reading level, visit ARBookFind.com.
Middle & Upper School Media Center (Academic Resource Center)
The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is a facility designed to provide Middle and Upper School students and the Upper School faculty with a location for individual and group work.
The ARC also serves as the media center for the Middle and Upper Schools. Classroom teachers and the media specialist work together to plan an effective instructional program at each grade level. The media center environment enhances learning experiences and is built upon concern for the academic and spiritual progress of each student. Computer resources are available for research with monitored internet access.
The media specialist strives to integrate the mission, the philosophy, and the curriculum of the school into each library/computer program in order to provide the students with the best means available to achieve academic excellence. The mission of the media center is to assist students in becoming effective users of information.
For more information on ARC, including hours of operation and facilities, please click here.
Middle & Upper School Language and Computer Lab
Students may utilize the Language and Computer lab to assist with all subjects. The language lab is part of the curriculum for French and Spanish programs which allows students to practice language by hearing a native speaker.
The lab use is arranged primarily by teacher reservation. When lab is not reserved by a teacher, students that require access to a computer may use the lab if all the stations in the main study room are full. Additionally, students may be assigned by the ARC Coordinator, Mary Weidman, to work in the lab if there are no computers available in the main study room.