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 phone: (914) 949-6968




Stephanie Dunn
Supervisor of Library Services



Joan Girardi

Joan Girardi
Westchester Lower School Librarian




Suzanne Mechem
Westchester Middle School Library Assistant



Helen Prichett

Helen Prichett
Manhattan Campus Librarian





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The Windward School Library

Mission Statement

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.

Library Collection

  • Librarians carefully select materials to meet the interests, learning styles 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.

Library 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.




Author Visits

Westchester Lower School

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.


Manhattan Lower School Campus

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 were delighted to host and learn from such an accomplished illustrator and are thankful to the Windward Parents Association for funding this enriching experience.



Westchester Middle School

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 explained 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. 


Manhattan Middle School

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 her writing process changes when writing historical fiction versus nonfiction.

This visit was made possible by the generosity of the Windward Parent Association.   






Westchester Lower School      13 Windward Avenue 
                                                White Plains, NY 10605
Westchester Middle School      40 West Red Oak Lane 
                                                White Plains, NY 10604
Manhattan Lower and               212 East 93rd Street 
Middle Schools                         New York, NY 10128