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Growing Lifelong Learners Since 1972

Library and Technology


The collection of the Wingra Library is focused on award-winning and multicultural books, and current non-fiction. We have an extensive picture book collection as well as a young adult literature section and graphic novel collection. Books written and illustrated by our students are a popular and growing collection. Kid Kits (thematic family literacy and activity backpacks) are an exciting feature of the Wingra Library as well.

Students may use the online catalog to search the nearly 7,000 educational items available in the library. These resources, including fiction and non-fiction books, beginning chapter books, poetry collections, biographies, and reference materials, supplement classroom curricula and satisfy student interests and curiosities. Students are encouraged to suggest titles that the library does not own.

Students are free to come to the library at any time during the school day with teacher permission. It’s a great place to go when they are looking for information, a good book to read, or a quiet place to work. Students may have up to five books checked out at any time. Students put a yellow date due card in their book when they check out. In the library, we use period due dates. All books are due on Friday—two weeks from the date borrowed. Late notices for books overdue are sent weekly to the classroom teachers. Students are expected to learn to take responsibility for returning or renewing their books.

School-wide Weekly Offerings:

Rotating displays

Each week, two thematic displays showcase books. One weekly display features the work of an author or illustrator who is celebrating a birthday during the week; the other display is often related to something going on at school or in the wider community. Calendars for upcoming displays are posted.

Lunch in the Library

Every Wednesday students come to the library by rotating level at lunch time and watch notable picture books come alive on DVD while they eat their lunches. They have the opportunity to preview several dozen newly published books borrowed from the Madison Public Library and to recommend titles to be added to our library.

Library Choice Time

Pond, Lake, and Sky students have a designated Library Choice Time each week. During these visits we examine books that are related to classroom units or that are relevant to their age or interest. It’s a great way for students to learn about some of the books in the library that they may not find independently. Students may also check out books at this time. Upcoming topics are e-mailed to classrooms each Friday.

Studio Time

Pond and Lake students have the opportunity to spend self-directed time in the library one afternoon a week as part of the Studio Time choices. Reading, writing, board games, and creating Artist Trading Cards are some of the popular choices.

Typical Library Activities

Library Time for Nest

Nest students have library time in mixed Nest groups for half an hour each week. Skills that we cover during our library times include:

  • Borrowing Books (how to check out and care for books while at home, returning books in a timely manner, and self-selection of appropriate materials)
  • Orientation to the Library (how books are organized in the library, “Neighborhoods” of books in the library and how to find a certain kind of book using ABC order and Dewey Decimal numbers)
  • Authors and Illustrators (identifying the author and illustrator of a book and the important jobs that they do, recognizing unique techniques and styles of a variety of authors and illustrators)
  • Appreciation of Reading and Literature (responding to a variety of literature genres and styles, including poetry in a range of forms)
  • Award-winning Books (major literary awards for children's fiction and non-fiction and participating in the Golden Archer Awards by evaluating the nominated titles)
  • Fiction vs Non-fiction (understanding the differences between fiction and non-fiction and when a reader may want one or the other).

Nest students also work on book-making projects and publish books regularly to circulate in the Wingra Library.

Integrated Literacy for Pond, Lake, and Sky

The librarian collaborates with classroom teachers to extend literacy activities in the classroom. Whether it be reading good books together, practicing writing techniques, meeting in small literacy groups, revising and editing with peers, or creating their own books, the librarian works with the six older classrooms for two hours each week to provide additional literacy experiences. Meetings have both writing and literature focuses and may be in the classrooms or in the library.

Technology Resources Available to Students

Each classroom at Wingra has several computers; the school has a computer lab and 20 mini iPads. These networked computers, loaded with educational software, allow for file and print sharing and shared Internet access.

As part of their technology projects, students learn to use popular software such as Word, Publisher, and PageMaker (word processing and desktop publishing); Excel and The Cruncher (spreadsheets); PowerPoint, HyperStudio, Super Dooper Music Looper, and Kid Pix Studio Deluxe (multimedia and presentation); Dreamweaver (web page design), and Flash, Quicktime Pro, and Video Factory (animation and movie-making).


Technology website

Students may borrow word-processing laptops from the library to use during the school day. Students often choose to do their pre-writing or first-draft writing on the word-processing laptops.

Also available to students who have attended a training session are six digital cameras and four scanners. The cameras may be checked out of the library. Images from these sources can be printed or uploaded into a student's folder for use in other applications. Wingra students also have access to three video cameras for classroom projects and our computer projector for classroom presentations. Six GPS (Global Positioning System) units are available for geo-caching and other navigational activities.

Photo by Markieka Greene