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    Click HERE for the West Valley Library Online Catalog

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    Our library is a place for exploration and wonder.  Be sure to stop by. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and are always eager to assist you in locating the resources you need.
     
     
    Welcome to the West Valley Library!
     
    The West Valley Media Center is the heart of our school. From the time the doors open, students discover new books and authors, periodicals and technology to meet their academic and recreational reading and research needs.
     
    Our collection includes over 16,000 books and online resources including over 900 eBooks and helpful databases. The library provides reading and meeting areas where students and faculty can relax and enjoy one another. In the morning students can read, play board games or card games quietly, work on a puzzle, finish homework, continue to code, try out some new GIS mapping activities, draw, or create a comic online. Cell phones should be used for online reading or research purposes. Video games are limited to sites teachers have encouraged students to use to further their educational pursuits.
     
    Be on the lookout: Check side menu for Book Club information
     
    Countdown to November 30th and the end of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Participating students set a personal word count goal and write EACH DAY during the month of November. The end of November is in sight. Keep working on your novels. We will meet the first week of Decmber to celebrate the experience and those who met their personal writing goals. 
     
    If you are interested, you may continue writing and work on revising your novel. I have a goal of publishing the student-authored books in April. Any questions, please contact Mrs. Getz at the library media center.  
     
     

      Library Hours 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mon., Tues., Wed., and Fri.   8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Thursday

     
     Library Checkout Policies
     
    -Students are allowed to have three books checked out at a time.
    -Each book is checked out for a period of two weeks.
    -Magazines may be checked out for one week.
    -Each time students check out they receive a receipt which reflects the student's name, the name of the book(s) checked out and the due date(s).
    -Students are encouraged to renew books if they have not finished them by the due date.
    -A fine of .05 per day per book is assessed after the book is three days overdue.
    -Students who have unpaid library debt and/or overdue books at the time of an in-school celebration will not be allowed to participate in the celebration.
     
    ***To log in to the catalog to check for a book's due dates and fine information, click on the yellow catalog icon. In the top right. you will see a login button. Use your s# for the username and your regular computer password for this password. They are now connected to the Active Directory.
     
     
    My name is Janet Getz, and I am pleased to join the West Valley Pack as your new Library Media Specialist! This is my 10th year as a Knox County librarian. I enjoy helping kids find books to love, learn how to identify and gather reliable information and use technology creatively.  I enjoy making books by hand, reading and writing poetry, making art, quilts, learning other languages, working on puzzles and more. THe past two years I have been learning to code and am currently taking a course on GIS Technology which I am planning to share as engaging activities with students. I am also a would-be storyteller and try to practice throughout the year as related to the school curriculum. 

     

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    Feel free to contact me at janet.getz@knoxschools.org or 865-539-5152

    Northwestern University B.S  Human Development and Social Policy

    The Ohio State University M.A. Curriculum Instruction and Design

    ETSU Add-on Endorsement for K-12 Library

KCS Library Media Mission and Beliefs

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    KCS Librarians/Media Specialists Beliefs 

     

    We believe the Library Media Specialist will:
    • Promote a love of reading.
    • Create a safe and inviting environment for all learners. Cultivate a spirit of inquiry.
    • Collect a rich variety of resources to support the needs of each learner.
    • Provide equitable information access to all learners.
    • Teach learners:
      • To access information efficiently for a variety of purposes.
      • To evaluate and discern among information sources.
      • To use information critically, effectively, and ethically.
    • Collaborate with students and teachers to decide the best methods for creating and sharing information.
    • Integrate services with the school’s mission and goals.
    • Model lifelong learning by engaging in relevant and sustained professional development.