The heart of Woodsdale Elementary, a 2014 National Blue Ribbon school, is found in the library media center. This 2700 square foot room is located in the center of the second floor and is separated from hall traffic by half bookcases and plexiglass panels. The open space is divided into 4 separate areas that function together to provide opportunities for all of the students to learn, grow, and play. The multipurpose instructional area includes an interactive board, laptop projector, and Elmo. The story area with a colorful carpet, reading hut with quilts and stuffed animals, plus a resident shelf elf invites students to sit and enjoy a good story. The back corner includes an adaptive work area with tables and laptops for student use.
Library services are provided by Sandra Wiseman, a Nationally Board Certified Librarian with thirty-four years of experience. Mrs. Wiseman has a BSED in Elementary Education with a specialization in Library Science and a Masters Degree in Communications from West Virginia University. She has also earned a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. After more than 400 hours of training she has earned a Technology Integration Specialist Endorsement. She is a trained Project Lead the Way Lead Teacher and the 2017 PBS Digital Innovator of the Year for the State of West Virginia.
The 470 kindergarten through fifth grade students visit the library once a week for forty minutes on a fixed schedule. Knowing that good library instruction cannot be taught in isolation, the librarian works closely with the faculty to present lessons tied to what the students are learning in their classrooms. Students participate in the traditional activities of storytime, research and reading. They also use the library makerspace to complete hands-on STEAM activities, robotics and computer coding.