About the Library
Welcome! The West Seneca West Middle School Library serves students and staff in all curricular areas in grades 6, 7 and 8. The library houses approximately 9,000 items including print books, e-books, audio books, and research databases. There are 30 student computers with Internet access.
How do I contact the librarian?
Call Ms. Wrobel at (716) 677-3511 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
When do students have access to the library?
Students may visit the library during homeroom, between classes (briefly, to exchange books), on the way to lunch (again, briefly) and during a study hall when the library is open. Check the daily schedule posted outside the library doors to see if the library is open or closed when you want to visit during your study hall. To visit during study hall, students should obtain a 10-minute pass from their study hall teacher OR pick up a full-period pass from the library during Homeroom on the day they wish to visit. Students also regularly come into the library with scheduled classes to complete research projects of various lengths on many topics.
When is the library open?
The library is open from 7:50am to 8:05am every school day during Homeroom. Check the daily schedule posted outside the library doors or listen to morning announcements to find out which study hall periods are open each day. The day's open study hall periods depend on which classes are scheduled that day in the library. The library is only open to study hall students when there is not a class scheduled.
Is the library open after school?
Check with Ms. Wrobel during Homeroom to find out if the library is open after school. There is an after-school bus at 3:30pm Mondays through Thursdays. Students waiting for the 3:30 bus will go to the after-school supervision room to do homework or read between 3 and 3:30.
How many books may students borrow at once?
6th-graders may check out 2 books, 7th-graders may check out 3, and 8th-grade students may check out 4 books at once. Students may take additional books out above their grade-level limit for class projects. E-book checkout is also available through the online catalog, Destiny. E-book checkout is not included in students' grade-level limits. E-books are automatically returned at the end of the 3-week borrowing period. Please ask in the library in June for information on how many books students may check out over the summer.
What should students do if they lose a library book?
Keep looking for it! Our motto is "it's gotta be somewhere." Lost library books are usually just misplaced or hidden under materials in a locker and turn up within a week or two. Overdue notices are sent to Homerooms at the end of each quarter weekly until the book is renewed or returned. Please ask in the library for a "lost book checklist" if you need help looking for your book. If lost books are not found by the next quarter or the end of the year, students may pay for the book(s). Please check with the librarian for an alternate way to replace and take responsibility for the item (example: working in the library to "pay for" a lost book or purchasing a replacement copy at a book store).
When are library materials due?
Books and magazines are borrowed for 3 weeks. Check the due-date stamp in the back of your item to find out when it's due. Students may bring their books in to the library to renew them for another 3 weeks, unless there is a waiting list for that item. All library materials for the 2019-20 school year should be returned by Fri., May 22, 2020. Book checkout for summer 2020 starts Mon. June 1, 2020. Summer 2020 books are due back by Fri., Sept. 4, 2020.
I am a parent/guardian. What can I do if I'm concerned about the content or reading level of the materials my own child has access to in the middle school library?
Students benefit from library access more when their family or guardian(s) are involved with their reading material choices, including selecting materials that are on an appropriate level and topic for that individual child. Middle school is also an important time for students to begin or continue making independent reading choices. Please call the library at (716) 677-3511 to discuss your child's use of the school library. The librarian can help you create an individual plan for your child so that he/she has access to materials that will enhance their West Middle School experience. Materials at the middle school level have a wide range of reading levels and appropriateness of topic. The librarian is happy to work with your family, child and his/her classroom teachers in choosing fun, engaging, interesting and educational library materials. For more information, please review the handout "Summer Reading - Info for Parents and Guardians" (available in the library) as it has important research and information regarding your individual child's reading progress.