Library & Online Resources
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.
- 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.
On April 10, 2018 noted children’s author/illustrator David Biedrzycki visited the Westchester Lower School.
The author/illustrator of over 20 books, Mr. Biedrzycki’s technology based program engaged students with an interactive demonstration of how he uses the computer to generate his artwork. He demonstrated the role of research and revising and editing in the creation of his stories.
We are grateful to the Windward Parents Association for their sponsorship of the Westchester Lower School author visit.
On Thursday, April 19th 2018 the Westchester Middle School hosted acclaimed author Lauren Tarshis. Ms. Tarshis is the author of the widely popular I Survived Series which focuses on an iconic event from history, telling the story through the eyes of a child who was there.
During her presentation, Ms. Tarshis described her research and writing process and explain how the process differs when writing historical fiction books compared to nonfiction articles. She also shared with the students her own personal story of how she went from being a struggling reader to writing books.
We are grateful to the Windward Parents Association for its commitment to enhancing the education of our students in sponsoring Ms. Tarshis' visit.
On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 the Manhattan Lower School welcomed 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 demonstrated 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 learned about the illustration process from rough sketch, to book dummy, to final product.
We enjoyed hosting and learning from such an accomplished illustrator and are thankful to the Windward Parents Association for funding this enriching experience.
Wednesday, April 18th 2018 Manhattan Middle school students had the opportunity to attend a presentation by author Lauren Tarshis. In addition to being an editor at Scholastic, she is also the author of the engaging and popular I Survived series. This series focuses on an iconic event from history, telling the story through the eyes of a child who was there.
In addition to describing her research and writing process with the students, Ms. Tarshis also shared her experience as a struggling reader. Additionally, she explained how writing her process changes when writing historical fiction versus nonfiction.
This visit was made possible by the generosity of the Windward Parent Association.