The goal of the Windward Library 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, learning styles and reading abilities of the students.
- Both 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.
- 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.
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.
Westchester Lower School
Noted children’s author/illustrator Meghan McCarthy visited the Windward Westchester Lower School, on March 8, 2017. Ms. McCarthy is best known for her nonfiction books including Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton; Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum; and City Hawk: The Story of Pale Male.
In preparation for the visit, many of Ms. McCarthy’s entertaining and informative books were shared with students during library period. Additionally, each student received an autographed copy of Ms. McCarthy’s book, The Astronaut Handbook. We are grateful to the Windward Parents Association for sponsoring Ms. McCarthy’s visit.
Westchester Middle School
The entire Westchester Middle School Community welcomed author Doreen Rappaport to the Westchester Middle School campus on March 13, 2017.
Ms. Rappaport is an award-winning author of forty-eight fiction and non-fiction books that celebrate multiculturalism, the retelling of folktales and myths, history, the lives of world leaders and the stories of those she calls ‘not-yet-celebrated.’
We are grateful to the Windward Parents Association for its commitment to enhancing the education of our students in sponsoring Ms. Rappaport's visit.
On Thursday, March 16, 2017, award-winning author Doreen Rappaport visited Windward Manhattan to present to students in grades 2-7.
Ms. Rappaport's books have received critical acclaim and awards for her unique ability to combine historical facts with intimate storytelling, and for finding ‘new ways to present the lives of well-known heroes‚’ like Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller and the Statue of Liberty.
Ms. Rappaport's visit was provided through the generosity of the Windward Parents Association.