Westside Media Center


Welcome to the Westside Elementary School Media Center.

Our theme for the 2022-2023 school year is

"Find Your Treasure in a Book!"

This exciting Theme is so much fun! Our media center has become an exciting place to visit. There are treasure chests and jewels everywhere. The students and teachers love it!

Library Video

Find Your Treasure in a Book!

October 24 - 28, 2022


Hello everyone!

My name is Elissa Tomlinson, and this is my 11th year serving as the media specialist at Westside Elementary School. And I have enjoyed every minute of it! I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Middle Grades Education and my Master's Degree in Instructional Technology with a media specialist certification from Valdosta State University. I taught math, reading and social studies in Lowndes County schools for eight years before becoming the media specialist for Westside Elementary School.

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

Elissa Tomlinson

Media Specialist

Google Certified Educator II


LCS Media Center Handbook

Students are never charged fines for late books however, in order to receive new books, all books must be returned. We do charge for books that are lost, or damaged beyond repair.

The charge is the current replacement cost for a library-bound book.

Should you ever have a question about a book your child checks out from our library, please contact us. We hope you partner with us to encourage your child to become a life-long reader.

Media Center Staff Contact Information:

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

Media Para-Pro: Stephanie Simmons - stephaniesimmons@lowndes.k12.ga.us

Tech Para-Pro: Andrea Shover - andreashover@lowndes.k12.ga.us

Elissa Tomlinson, Media Specialist

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!


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

Link to Destiny

Digital Citizenship/Internet Safety Lessons

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 link below. You will need your student's login information.

Link to AR

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

Hey, That's My Monster - YouTube

3rd Grade Internet Safety Presentation

ABC Order at Roy the Zebra Website


Art Maker on Sesame Street


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