About – Library Learning Commons
A warm welcome awaits you in our spacious, comfortable, and well-equipped Commons. Here you will find an atmosphere of individualized service, with facilities designed to meet YOUR needs. Our friendly staff members consider helping you their top priority!
The mission of the Weston High School Library Learning Commons is to ensure that students graduate as competent, critical and ethical users and creators of information.
Our goal is to honor the unique potential of each member of the school community and to cultivate “information literate” citizens. Upon graduation, students should be able to determine their information needs, recognize relevant information, solve problems, and effectively communicate the results of their research
- Library Media Specialist – Storm Snaith
- Library Paraprofessional – Jennifer Nice
- P/T Library Aide – Patsy Fissell
- Reference and non-reference books, including titles for leisure reading as well as academic requirements.
- Subscription databases and services geared to student needs
- MP3 Audio Books
- eBooks – Reference and pleasure reading
- DVDs, CDs (audio books)
- Magazines and newspapers
- Textbooks for use in the Commons
- WHS Class Yearbook collection
- Archives of school history
- Twenty-five station computer lab
- Large seminar/classroom
- Small conference rooms for group study or meetings
- “New Room” for collaborative work or small classes
- Charging station
- Desktops and laptops for Internet research and class assignments
- Video and audio equipment
- Small “store” for purchase of supplies
- Study carrels, leisure reading areas, tables
Library Learning Commons
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the loan period for books and Kindles?
Reference Books: Overnight only
Non-Reference Books: 15 school days
Can I check out DVDs and CDs?
CDs and DVDs can be checked out overnight. Late fine is $1.00 per night up to a maximum of $3.00.
How many books can I check out at a time?
As many as you like.
What if I lose a book, device or material that I've borrowed?
You will then be charged for the replacement cost.
Can laptops be checked out in the Commons?
Yes. Laptops, ipads, and tablets may be checked out for in-library use only, if they have not been requested for a class.
Can residents of Weston not associated with WHS check out books?
Yes, with proper identification and during school hours.
What do you sell in the Commons "store?"
Blank CD-Rs, blank DVDs, posterboard, 3×5 index cards, report folders, AA batteries.
Can I bring food and drinks to the Commons?
NO! Only bottled water is allowed. Snacks are allowed in the "New Room" only if you clean-up after you've finished!
How much do I have to pay if I return a book late?
The fine will be $3.00 for Library materials, no more no less; a fee of $3.00 will be posted to your account after the 15 school day loan period.
Can I check out magazines and newspapers?
Current issues of magazines may not be checked out. Back issues of magazines may be checked out overnight. Late fine is $1.00 per night up to a maximum of $3.00.
Newspapers may not be checked out.
Can I check out textbooks?
No. The Library has a limited number of textbooks, and these must be used in the Library.
Can I pay off my fines by helping out in the Commons?
Yes. You will receive credit (not cash) at the rate of $3.00 for every class period worked. Arrangements must be made with Library staff.
Can equipment be checked out, e.g., cameras, tripods, headphones?
Special arrangements may be made with Library staff to check out this equipment.
May I come to the Library during my quiet study period?
Yes, if the following requirements are satisfied:
- You have work to do in a specific subject area.
- You receive a pass from that subject area teacher.
- Have your quiet study hall teacher sign the subject area teacher pass.
- You check in and present pass to Library staff when you arrive in the Library.
How can I become a Library Learning Commons Aide?
First check with your guidance counselor. Then see Library Staff to obtain permission and an application.
How many items are there in the Commons collection?