It has been a pleasure to work with Ms. Green in the new Westinghouse Campus Library. We are very privileged to have access to the Westinghouse Campus Library; the DOE has not been giving attention to the fact that school library numbers are dwindling, and across New York public school libraries have been dropping like flies and being replaced by computer labs. The truth is that libraries can provide much more for students in the 21st century than any computer.
During our 7th grade ELA unit of non-fiction writing, we have taken multiple trips as a class to the library. Equipped with a small learning center and a whole section dedicated to non-fiction writings — no wonder we have been taking advantage of this great opportunity — it was the perfect place to work, research, and learn while getting out of the classroom. Not only did the library have non-fiction books for research but the Westinghouse Campus Library has found a way to incorporate a computer lab inside the library, this was staying up-to-date with technology without leaving the comfort of a traditional book.
While inside the library we were able to take out books and print pages for our articles, but a good library always needs a good librarian to make the experience better. Ms. Green (the librarian) was a great addition to our vast collection of resources, with any problem, question, or inquiry she was there to help. I can say first hand that Ms. Green has enhanced our library experiences. I hope we make more trips to the library throughout the year for all of our units, not only ELA but all other subjects included.
By Martine G., Class 702
MS8 students share the Westinghouse Campus Library with other schools in the Westinghouse building, and use its resources in a variety of ways, including regular class visits to the library, visits by Westinghouse librarian Rachel Green to MS8 classrooms, and online resources set up by Ms. Green in partnership with MS8 teachers — see the 6th grade’s Humanities Resources for Mesopotamia Project!