West Stokes Media Center Celebrates National Poetry Month


West Stokes High School Students celebrated National Poetry Month during the month of April. The media center was equipped with a poetry station, which included blackout poetry and create your own poetry, where students utilized multiple techniques to form poems.

The media center gained lots of new fiction and nonfiction additions, thanks to Donors Choose grants and supportive community donors. A recently funded Donors Choose Grant has provided the library with a Makerspace that features STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education) activities. Themed days, like Maker Monday and Tinker Tuesday, will be offered as weekly STEM programs.

While students have enjoyed the wide selection of books, new literacy and media related programming, like Blind Date with a Book and the Tacky Holiday Sweater contest fundraiser, encouraged more student involvement. Additionally, the WSHS coloring and book club, creative spaces and game centers in the media center allowed students to utilize their understand the many roles of libraries in the twenty-first century. WSHS library will be offering a stress free zone and extended hours the week of exams.

The school would love to see the media program grow to better meet student needs and strive to update their collection by adding new books, media and technology. New texts increased book circulation significantly this year. WSHS library encourages student growth by putting the previously mentioned materials into the hands of students. In the near future, they hope to fund a Makerspace 3D printer and 3D pens grant.

For more information about how to assist the WSHS media center with their goals contact the Media Coordinator Jenna Bowman. Bowman can be reached at jenna.bowman@stokes.k12.nc.us. Upcoming programming can be accessed on the WSHS website, Twitter page (wshslibrary15) or Instagram page (wshslibrary).

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