Public and School Libraries Work Together

Partnerships like this are a great opportunity for public librarians to listen to Webster’s young minds. We are committed to fostering reading literacy, but we want to do so in a way that kids are excited about! They are the future of this community, so we want to start listening to their needs while they’re still young and build that into a lifelong relationship with learning.
— Hannah Ralston, Adult Services Media Librarian

An unofficial partnership of sorts exists between Webster CSD and Webster Public Library. The two entities serve as resources and support for one another. It’s really not surprising when one considers that they both cater to many of the same people! 

That’s why it’s not uncommon to see Webster CSD elementary school students touring the Webster Public Library, or library representatives at the secondary schools talking with students and promoting reading, or Children's Librarian Jason Poole conducting workshops at the public library on graphic novels for librarians and 6-12 English/reading teachers. Adult Services Media Librarian Hannah Ralston, Children’s Library Assistant Sarah Brown, and Youth Services Librarian Colleen Hernandez annually visit the middle school libraries to meet with sixth graders, issue new library cards to students who don’t already have library cards, and forgive overdue fines for students who have active library accounts. 

The Webster Public librarians also share information with the students about the Teen Advisory Board, teen activities, the Teen Book Festival, summer programs, and more. Students even have the opportunity to check out traditional books and talking books offered by Webster Public Library. 

"Partnerships like this are a great opportunity for public librarians to listen to Webster's young minds. We are committed to fostering reading literacy, but we want to do so in a way that kids are excited about!” said Ralston. “They are the future of this community, so we want to start listening to their needs while they're still young and build that into a lifelong relationship with learning."