Westside Media Center


Welcome to the Westside Elementary School Media Center.

Our theme for the 2018 - 2019 school year is "Saddle Up to a Good Book." This Western Theme is so much fun! Our media center has become an exciting place to be with cowboys and cowgirls everywhere. The students and teachers love it!

Girl reading a book

Book Fair is Coming

The book fair will be in the media center from August 27 - 31, 2018!! If you want to volunteer at the book fair, email or call me soon.

We will have a wonderful selection of books to choose from. There will be events for the parents to join in on the fun. Here are the scheduled events:

  • Pastries for parents on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 7:00 - 8:00
  • After school parent event on Thursday from 2:30 - 5:00 pm

We hope you can find time to come shop with us and support our media center and the AR rewards program. If you can't join us, you do have the option of shopping online. Go to Scholastic Book Fairs online. Click on "Find a Book Fair" and search for Westside Elementary School. Or click Here


Hello everyone!

My name is Elissa Tomlinson, and this is my 6th year serving as the media specialist at Westside Elementary School. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Middle Grades Education and my Master's Degree in Instructional Technology with a certification for media specialist from Valdosta State University. I taught math, reading and social studies in Lowndes County schools for seven years before becoming the media specialist for Westside Elementary School.

I look forward to working with all the wonderful students we have at Westside Elementary and encouraging them to develop a love of reading!

Elissa Tomlinson

Google Certified Educator II


Media Center Staff:

Media Specialist: Elissa Tomlinson - elissatomlinson@lowndes.k12.ga.us

Media Para-Pro: Erica Blalock - ericablalock@lowndes.k12.ga.us

Tech Para-Pro: Carl Brown - carlbrown@lowndes.k12.ga.us

Elissa Tomlinson, Media Specialist


Destiny is our on-line catalog. Please feel free to search through our collection.

Link to Destiny

Accelerated Reader Home Connect

Accelerated Reader is used at Westside Elementary to encourage and reward reading. To keep up with your child's progress, use the Home Connect link below. You will need your student's login information.

Link to AR Home Connect

Username: (your child’s 8-digit ID found on his/her report card and the one he/she uses to log into AR at school)

Password: (your child's last name)

In Home Connect you can:

  • Setup Email Alerts to receive emails showing your student’s quiz or test results
  • Monitor your child’s progress toward reading goals
  • Search for books with available AR tests (this does not mean we have the book in the library, just that there is an AR test available for the book.)
  • See the books your child has read.

Link to Parent Resources for Renaissance Place

Useful Links

Author/Reading Websites

J. K. Rowling - author of the Harry Potter series

Cynthia Rylant - author of the "Henry and Mudge" series as well as several chapter books

Dr. Seuss - author of the "Cat in the Hat" books

Vincent Taylor - author the the "Cornbread" books

Junie B. Jones - book series by Barbara Park

Jan Brett - coloring and activity pages

StoryLine - Reading Videos

Berenstain Bears - Visit the Berenstain Bears online

RIF - Reading is Fundamental

International Children's Digital Library - A library for the World's children

Little Critter - Mercer Mayer website

Maisy's Fun Club - Maisy books online

Reading Tips:

Read to your child every day!

Create a comfortable reading spot!

Encourage your child and make them feel special.

Read aloud together!

Make reading time special!

Provide books for your child to read in the car or while waiting for appointments

Talk about books you have read!

Take your child to the Library often and check out a variety of books.

Be a role model-read on your own. by seeing how much you enjoy reading, your child will learn that it's a great source of information and it's fun!