Westside Media Center


Welcome to the Westside Elementary School Media Center.

Our theme for the 2020-2021 school year is "The S'more You Read, The S'more You Know!!" This campout Theme is so much fun! Our media center has become an exciting place to be with trees and forest animals everywhere. The students and teachers love it!

Library Video

Girl reading a book

Book Fair - Postponed


Hello everyone!

My name is Elissa Tomlinson, and this is my 8th 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: Stephanie Simmons - stephaniesimmons@lowndes.k12.ga.us

Tech Para-Pro: Andrea Shover - andreashover@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

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

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!