Windham High School Library
Here's what we want students to think about...
Why is it important to find and use quality information?
How is quality information defined and where can it be found?
How are student information needs established and how do researchers identify the best sources available to meet those needs?
How can information from a variety of sources be used to make observations and draw conclusions?
What tools and technologies are most appropriate to convey knowledge of a given topic?
How do researchers use and document information ethically?
Did you know?
Our district libraries use the Big 6
research process. Learn more about it here!
Readers' Top Picks
1. It's Kind of a Funny Story
2. A Long Walk to Water
4. All the Light We Cannot See
5. The Sea of Tranquility
6. Go Ask Alice
7. Claire of the Sea Light
9. The Art of Racing in the Rain
10. Out Stealing Horses
16,171 student sign-ins
75 interlibrary loan requests
Maine does not have standards for library collections, but standards from other states, such as South Carolina, can provide insight into the current state of our collection. While we continue to improve our statistics each year, our collection remains in need of significant updating.
Total Number of Items
Number of Items per Student
Fiction Age of the Collection
Non-fiction Age of the Collection
Age of Total Collection
Based on these statistics, the age of our collection does not meet the needs of the 21st-century learner.
61 periods of instruction in science classes
45 periods of instruction in social studies classes
88 periods of instruction in English classes
Each year we encourage summer reading throughout the district by visiting incoming 8th graders, updating our website, signing books out and sharing our copies with the public libraries so students will have access to the materials they need all summer.
We are proud to continue our work with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy by matching WHS students with WPS students to improve literacy across the district.
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8,743 Gale Virtual Reference Library searches and retrievals
3,614 Science in Context searches and retrievals
6,132 World History in Context searches and retrievals
Our library website won
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Professional Development 2015-16
1. Presented on text sets with MCELA (view site)
2. Presented at New England Secondary School Consorium (view site)
3. Attended Tech & Learning Live in Boston
1. Implement school-wide research rubric
2. Begin implementing digital literacy curriculum
3. Create makerspace in the library
4. Continue work on K-12 library standards
5. Promote literacy in the community