The Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School Library serves a student body of approximately 900 students in grades 7-12. The library facility was built in 1994 during major renovations to the junior/senior high school and houses a collection of over 13,000 books and more than thirty magazines and newspapers. Internet access is also available. Various research databases are accessible from the library, including those available through Pennsylvania's POWER Library project. Additionally, students and faculty can request materials from other libraries statewide using the ACCESS PA database. The library is open from 7:10 a.m. until 2:50 p.m. daily and is available to students and staff who wish to use the books, other materials, and computer resources. Students may use the library before and after school, during their study hall periods, and with visiting classes.
Planned Course Outline for Library Curriculum

Learning Objectives for Grades 7-12

  1. Understand the arrangement, procedures, services, and resources of the library.
  2. Use the library catalog effectively.
  3. Use print and electronic periodical indexes.
  4. Use the library's general and specific reference books effectively. Select, evaluate, and effectively use library resource materials for specific informational and/or recreational needs.
  5. Recognize the need for both fiction and non-fiction materials to satisfy various purposes.
  6. Be familiar with various authors and their works.
  7. Understand, use, and develop bibliographies.

Library Services

A developmental program of library instruction is begun in the elementary school and continued through grade 12.

The elementary library program serves as an introduction to basic library concepts and skills. These concepts and library services are expanded and developed as students use and become familiar with the resources of the library. Every six-day cycle, all classes, kindergarten through sixth grade, are scheduled for one period of library skills instruction and recreational reading.

The program of instruction is carefully planned and integrated within the school curriculum in grades 7-12 in cooperation with faculty. The use of library resources and the mastery of library skills are developed through constant use and application. All planned courses of study incorporate library skills in their written curriculum.

Students are guided in the skills of research and encouraged to read for enjoyment. Through supervised library usage, the students become skillful and discriminating users of print, non-print, and computer resources. The librarians work cooperatively with the classroom teachers in the development of curriculum and the design of activities to support that curriculum. In addition, librarians support administrators, faculty, and staff in the selection and use of all types of library materials to supplement and enrich the educational environment.