All About the Wescott Library

2020-2021

Welcome Back

I am honored to be your students' librarian at Wescott this year. This will be my 6th year at Wescott, and it is sure to be the most unique. Whatever the circumstance, I promise to do my best to help your students grow as readers and researchers! Please see below for how library services will be different this school year, and contact me with any questions: mjanavicius@district30.org
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Library Services this Fall

For safety reasons, the library is closed to students this fall, but I will be bringing the library to the classrooms! I will visit each class for a 30 min library lesson each week.


  • Once we work out the logistics, students will begin putting books on hold through the library Destiny catalog. Books will be checked out to students and then delivered to the classroom.
  • For now, 1st and 2nd-grade students will pick books from a cart we bring to their classrooms each week.
  • Based on the results of a study by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, materials need to be quarantined for a minimum of 5 days before they can circulate again (even if they are touched briefly they need to be in quarantine). This means it will take longer for students to receive their books.
  • Books may be returned as students walk in the door to Wescott each morning. A box will be placed in the foyer for book returns.
  • Services for remote students: Please click here for all of the details!


PLEASE NOTE:

  • Our turnaround time is going to be slow, especially at first. We need to figure out the logistics AND be safe at the same time.


If you would like to help your students select books for check out, visit the catalog here.

OVERDUE NOTICES

Once books are returned they will be placed in quarantine for 1 week before they may be checked in by us and checked out again by another student. If you receive an overdue notice during the quarantine period, please disregard it.

Library Lessons

This trimester, we will be focusing on:
  • What is a library & why are libraries important?
  • What are the expectations for library lessons?
  • How do we care for books?
  • How is information organized?
  • How do we find the information we need?
  • How can we participate in the literature award process?
  • How do we find a “just right book” or the next book to read?
  • How will we share our work?

Sharing Our Learning

I will be using Seesaw to post assignments and announcements for students. Please check Seesaw to see your students' amazing work and progress!


I also post frequently to the Wescott LMC Twitter account. Please check it out to see more of the exciting things we do in the library! @WescottLMC


You can also find important information on the Library Blog or Library Website.

Two Schools - One Book

This summer we did our first ever Two Schools - One Book program between Wescott and Willowbrook! This book certainly goes along with the Wescott Strong theme. If you did not get a chance to read the book over the summer, it is not too late. Click here for the information that was sent out last spring.

Makerspace

Our library makerspace is one of the students' most favorite places in the school. Unfortunately, with the library being closed this fall, the makerspace will be as well. But do not despair! We will be posting makerspace activities on Seesaw! Mrs. Marsh, our library assistant, posted many exciting makerspace activities in the spring during distance learning. We will be doing the same this fall. Stay tuned!

Wescott Students Rocked Summer Reading!

The numbers are out from the Summer Reading Program at the Northbrook Public Library! For the 5th year in a row, Wescott had the highest number of students participate compared to all the other schools in the area!!! Way to go, Wescott readers!!!


This summer reading success is due in large part to our strong relationship with the Northbrook Public Library. We are so grateful for Ms. Sarah, the school outreach librarian!

The Northbrook Public Library is Here for You at Home and at School!

Speaking of the Northbrook Public Library, they have many services to support teachers and families during this time:


  • Online Resources for Students: NPL's Homework help resources include online tutoring, writing guidance, test prep, and more. Other online resources for students include eBooks, digital magazines, and newspapers from around the world.
  • Library Programs: NPL has virtual programs for students of all ages, including Storytime, Books & Bytes, and Teen Advisory Board, which gives students a chance to earn service hours. See all of their upcoming youth programs.
  • Research or Tech Help: Get help with research or accessing NPL's online resources. Or sign up for a weekly online Tech Tuesday programs held each Tuesday from 3-5pm.
  • Book Bags for Teachers (and parents): NPL's Teacher Book Bag service lets teachers request book bags based on subjects being taught in their classes. This service is also available to Northbrook library cardholders who are homeschooling or looking to extend learning for children at home.

The Wescott Library

Click here to visit the Wescott Library Catalog.

Click here to read the Library Blog.

Click here to visit the Library website.