The mission of Northwest Elementary Library is to create an environment which encourages students and teachers to develop a life-long love of learning through reading and information processing, to provide open access to the library for all students and staff, to help all students improve their reading skills, to collaborate with teachers to provide additional learning opportunities for students, and to foster in students a love of literature and a strong desire to seek out books and information for both learning and enjoyment.
Destiny Online Catalog
We are beginning the year with over 14,000 books for your reading pleasure, plus we subscribe to various magazines. We also have many online resources you can use for homework help or just for fun! All of those things can be accessed through Destiny.
Lessons are offered on a flexible schedule during the school day. Classes are seen on a curriculum needs basis. Teachers bring their classes to the library to use the resources and learn library skills within their grade appropriate curriculum.
Students in Kindergarten through fifth grade visit the library to check out reading materials individually or in small groups as the need arise. Some students visit on a daily basis; others less frequently. Students in kindergarten and first grade check out one book at a time. Students in grades 2-5 check out two books at a time. Books are due every two weeks. If a book becomes overdue, the student is blocked from borrowing any more books until the misplaced book is renewed, returned, or paid for. We do not charge late fees and refunds are given if a student pays for a lost book and then finds and returns the book.
Parents and community members-we would love for you to volunteer in our library! Volunteers are relied upon to assist students and aid in circulation. Please use this link to fill out a background check:
After you have submitted the form, please contact Sharla Wilkinson by email or come by the library. Be on the lookout for more information as we will need additional volunteers to help with book fairs and other fun activities taking place in the library!
Accelerated Reader is a program where students can take computerized comprehension quizzes after they have read a book. At Northwest, students take tests to determine their AR reading level and then set goals every nine weeks. At the end of the nine weeks if students have met their AR goal, they receive an AR (dog) tag to wear. At the end of the year, every student who met their goal 2 out of the 4 nine week periods will receive a bronze medal. Students who met their goal 3 out of the 4 nine week periods will receive a silver medal. Students who met their goal every nine weeks will receive a gold medal
We have many wonderful resources that students can use to find information! If you open our library catalog, Destiny, you will find a list of resources and web sites organized for your use! Most of these resources can be accessed at both school and home. Contact Sharla Wilkinson by email if you need access to a site that requires a password.
About the Librarian
This will be my 8th year in education. I taught for 6 years at the elementary level (teaching 3rd & 4th) and this is my 2nd year of being an elementary librarian. I love reading, anything chocolate, Glee, Broadway, Harry Potter (especially when I can use my British accent), pedicures, UT football and baseball, Sonic, quoting movies, Pinterest and Facebook. I don't like tomatoes, the summer heat, animal crackers, and vacuuming. And I do really want world peace!
To contact Ms. Wilkinson, click here to email or call: (512) 594-4421