Welcome to West Smiths Station Elementary School's Media Center!
Students visit the media center for classes every other week. During this time, we will discuss books, authors, illustrators, and learn information skills as they relate to classroom curriculum. Your child will also be given the opportunity to check out books. Parents, we have a new policy concerning check out, if you do not wish for your child to check out books you must notify the media center in writing. If we do not receive written notification, we will automatically assume your child may check out books. I look forward to working with your students. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me .
Please encourage your student to take especially good care of their library books. Many students have water or juice in their bookbags. This can easily cause damage to library books. Please put liquids in a lunch box or plastic bag. We understand accidents will happen, but many "accidents" can be avoided. Thank you for your help!
Our students now have access to e-Books through OverDrive. OverDrive Read is a browser-based eBook reader that works on most computers, tables, and mobile devices running web browsers with HTML5 support. The OverDrive collection is an extension of West Smiths Station Elementary School's physical library, only its's online with 24/7 access to eBooks. It's convenient for students to checkout titles anytime, anywhere with no worry about misplacing a book - these digital titles automatically return at the end of the lending period!
Our OverDrive collection can be accessed at http://lee.lib.overdrive.com
For additional information on OverDrive, please seen the PowerPoint on our presentation page.
Media Center Catalog
Our media center is online. If you have ever wondered if the media center has a certain book in its collection, you can now search the media center's collection using Destiny. Use the following link to access the online program http://destiny.lee.k12.al.us/
Accelerated Reader (AR)
AR information is available online. AR Home Connect allows parents to log on using their student's AR log in information and access information on tests taken and the scores of those tests. You can also set up email accounts, which will email you each time your child takes a test. To access AR Home Connect click on the following address
For more information click on the form button and read the letter concerning AR Home Connect.
If you are new to WSSES parents are allowed to checkout materials. We have dedicated area with resources for parents on such topics as ADD, ADHD, and Disciplinary issues. Please come in and browse our resources.
Alabama Virtual Library (AVL)
The Alabama Virtual Library (AVL) has changed. You no longer need an AVL card to access the website from your home. AVL is now using a technology called Geolocation. This technology detects if you are using a computer within the state. If you are, then you are automatically logged in to use this great resource. Parents this is a great resource not only for K -12 students, but for individuals of all ages, including college students. Please take advantage of this great tool and remember to thank your legislators for making it possible. Click on the link above if you want to explore the updated AVL.
Our school libraries DO have an impact on student achievement!
See the following link for further information http://www2.scholastic.com/content/collateral_resources/pdf/s/slw3_2008.pdf