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Weston High School Library: Parents & Guardians

For parents and guardians

The library program

School libraries today
The role of the school library has changed since you have been in high school. With the advent of technology, we help students navigate digital environments, read digital text, and solve hardware and software problems. School libraries today combine technology and reading to provide robust programs to our students. Your school librarian is certified by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to be a librarian in grades K-12 and has a master's degree in Library and Information Science.

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Reader’s Advisory, or “What should I read next?
If your student doesn’t know what to read next, encourage them to ask librarian Mrs. Hanson for suggestions. She reads about 50 books every year so she can recommend something compelling to your student. She buys new books to suit a wide range of interests and reading levels.

WHS Pinterest  
WHS Goodreads   
WHS Summer reading lists  

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Audiobooks, or “I understand better when I listen”
If your student understands better when they listen, we offer audiobook versions of required English texts as well as Axis 360, a wonderful audiobook library with thousands of great choices for free reading. 

Access to audio textbooks is done through the Special Education department. Students with reading disabilities may be eligible for services like Bookshare and Learning Ally that provide audio textbooks. 


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Research Central, or “I can’t find anything on my topic”
We subscribe to databases providing thousands of authoritative ebooks, articles, videos, podcasts, and images for your student to use in their projects. You can find these databases on our website.

Mrs. Hanson helps your student find the right resources during the school day, but often they will locate and search these resources at home (sometimes even late at night right before the project is due). Hint: to get database passwords, scroll over the "i' in the black circle.


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Citing, or “Isn’t the URL the citation?”
We encourage our students to use our district subscription to Noodletools to create and save citations.  Find a link to Noodletools on the library home page. Use the G-Suite sign in option to create a new account.


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Relaxation, or "I am so stressed"
We offer puzzles, games and crafts to help your student relax.


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Noise Level, or "I need some peace and quiet"
Because five classrooms open onto the library, we are not a silent space. In addition, many students like to study collaboratively. Silence was hard to find until WEEFC funded a new silent study space this year. Thank you. WEEFC.


Librarian: Alida Hanson, MLIS