Library & Online Resources

Mission Statement

With libraries on each campus, the goal is to provide materials and an instructional program for children with language-based learning disabilities as well as resources for Windward teachers.

Collection

  • Librarians carefully select materials to meet the interests and reading abilities of the students.
  • All libraries contain a broad range of fiction and non-fiction books that appeal to readers who range from the emergent to the more proficient.
  • The librarians collaborate with the curriculum coordinators and teachers to ensure that books, periodicals, reference sources and databases cover all content areas.

Instruction

  • Students attend library classes once a week to acquire information literacy skills.
  • The library instructional program is sequential and includes opportunities to review and build upon previously learned skills.
  • Library instruction also reinforces the social studies curriculum.

Book Fair

Sponsored by the Windward Parents Association, the Windward Book Fair is held at all three campuses in November. Many opportunities to volunteer at your child's book fair are available. For more information, email wpa@thewindwardschool.org.

Author Visits

Westchester Lower School

On April 17, 2019 noted children’s author Kate Klise will visit the Westchester Lower School.

Ms. Klise writes books of many different genres.  She has written picture books, as well as middle-grade novels, all illustrated by her sister, Sarah. In addition to writing books, Ms. Klise is also a freelance reporter for People magazine.  During the presentations to the students she will share with them what inspired her to become an author and her writing process.  

We are grateful to the Windward Parents Association for their sponsorship of the Westchester Lower School author visit.

Westchester Middle School

On May 1, 2019 the Westchester Middle School will hear a presentation by illustrator, Eric Velasquez. Born and raised in Spanish Harlem, Mr. Velasquez is a New York City native who has illustrated countless books for children.

As a reluctant reader in elementary school, he was inspired to read and draw through his love of comic books. By showing our students his original handmade comic books from childhood, Mr. Velasquez will demonstrate how his love of storytelling developed and how it is fundamentally tied to his family and culture. Mr. Velasquez utilizes paints and pastels to bring stories to life. Our students will learn about the illustration process from rough sketch, to book dummy, to final product.

We are grateful to the Windward Parents Association for its commitment to enhancing the education of our students in sponsoring Mr. Velasquez' visit.

Manhattan Lower School

On April 16, 2019 noted children’s author Kate Klise will visit the Manhattan campus to present to students in grade 2-5.

Ms. Klise writes books of many different genres.  She has written picture books, as well as middle-grade novels, all illustrated by her sister, Sarah. In addition to writing books, Ms. Klise is also a freelance reporter for People magazine.  During the presentations to the students, she will share with them what inspired her to become an author and her writing process.  

We look forward to hosting and learning from such an accomplished author and are thankful to the Windward Parents Association for funding this enriching experience.

Manhattan Middle School

On April 17, 2019 students in grades 6-8 will hear a presentation by illustrator, Eric Velasquez. Born and raised in Spanish Harlem, Mr. Velasquez is a New York City native who has illustrated countless books for children.

As a reluctant reader in elementary school, he was inspired to read and draw through his love of comic books. By showing our students his original handmade comic books from childhood, Mr. Velasquez will demonstrate how his love of storytelling developed and how it is fundamentally tied to his family and culture. Mr. Velasquez utilizes paints and pastels to bring stories to life. Our students will learn about the illustration process from rough sketch, to book dummy, to final product.

We look forward to hosting and learning from such an accomplished illustrator and are thankful to the Windward Parents Association for funding this enriching experience.