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Library Days for Westwood

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Friday afternoons

*Important Dates*

Westwood "Any Book"

Book Club-Thursday 2:30-3:30

Last Day-May  23 in the MU

Scholastic Book Fair

May 20th-May24

End Of The Year Due Date For All Library Books

Friday May 17th

Final notices for overdue materials for replacement/fine(s)

Week of May 20 until student account is cleared

Maker s Space

This year, I'm so happy to announce that we have a whole room dedicated to our Wildcat makers, coders, builders, and creators! Students will now have the opportunity to work on long-term projects together as we continue to build a community of makers!

Maker s Space

Have you visited our literary garden yet? Stop by the planter box by the Westwood Library and take a trip down children's literature lane with some of your favorite books!

Which way?

Westwood "Any Book" Book Club

This year's "Any Book" Book Club will wrap up next Thursday, May 23rd in the MU from 2:30-3:30pm. The students participating this year have done incredible work doing character studies and exploring unique settings for their chosen books. I'm so proud of the insightful responses as they reflected on character motivation, author purpose, and made thoughtful responses making connections to their own personal experiences with similar situations. I'm looking forward to showcasing their activities and projects as we celebrate the end of this year's book club and hope more students will be encouraged to join us next year!

Summer Reading Recommendations

Each year, I compile a list of recommended books from the American Library Association, American School Libraries and other notable books that have won coveted literature awards over the past few years in the hopes of encouraging continued reading over the Summer months. In order to be a little "greener", this year, I'll be posting the list here on our Westwood Library page and save a few trees in the process. I hope all families will spend time reading together and sharing books they enjoy with friends and family. Also, check your local Contra Costa County library for fun Summertime activities and their Space-themed Summer Reading program! Check back here in the coming weeks for this year's recommended reading list for grades K-5!

2019 Young Reader Medal Nominees

The votes are in and the winners of the California Young Reader Medal this year were also the two books Westwood voted for the most! Congratulations to the students for another successful participation in this wonderful program!

Click the link for a complete list of CYRM nominees and catagories for this year and a sneak peek at next year's nominees!

California Young Reader Medal

2019 CYRM Picture Book

*The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield (37.9%)

2019 CYRM Chapter Book

*The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (40.9%)


* percentage notes Westwood voting results

Thank You Westwood Families!

Whether you participated in our first ever Birthday Book Club this year, or donated books or the gift of your time in the library, know how much your support of the Westwood Library means to me and to all our students. Thank you for helping me engage and inspire students to love literature!

Using Britannica School At Home

All MDUSD students have access to Britannica School (as well as its companion safe-image database, Image Quest) thru their Clever Single-Sign On accounts. In order to log in away from school, students will need to use the school log in information here:



Britannica School is an incredible database of information for grades K-12 that allows students to explore and research a myriad of topics and multimedia resources. All articles and media have citations (in MLA, APA, Chicago, and Harvard) built-in for students to utilize when creating bibliographies for school reports, too!

Maker Space In Review

This year we were challenged by modified schedule as well as a 3 month break, but our goals were no less ambitious. This year we tried very hard to create our own Cardboard Arcade, as inspired by Caine's Arcade. Although we wrapped up our last Maker Space of the 2018-2019 school year this week in anticipation of the Scholastic Book Fair, we fully completed 3 of our initial list of 6 games and almost finished 2 more! I'm so proud of our Makers and hope they've felt inspired to continue making over the upcoming Summer break!

 Scholastic Book Fair May 20-24 in the Westwood Library!

Westwood's final Scholastic Book Fair of the year is coming up the week of May 20th and I hope to see you all there! Remember that a book your child's teacher can add to their classroom library makes an excellent thank you gift for all their hard work in encouraging your child to read to succeed! Donations from the Scholastic Book Fair to the Westwood Library are always welcome, too!Book and Heart picture