Ch – ch – ch – changes…

(with thanks to David Bowie). Mrs. Foote has retired after 29 years at Westlake High School, and a wonderful time as the Westlake High School lead librarian for 29 years.  There are lots of great library memories – like Dylan Day, Playdoh Day, Academy Award contests, and working with classes and teachers.  She’s seen the library through a renovation, a new ninth grade center, and then a new main library – and gone from filmstrips and slide shows to iPads and mobile robotics, from a school with 1900 students to almost 3000 students, and so many changes in between.

Her parting advice?  Keep reading, always use “Advanced Search” features in research, seek out diverse voices and viewpoints, remember search sites have biases, and always ask good questions.   Thanks for the good times, Chaps!


NCTE African – American “Read-In” – book recommendations

February is the annual NCTE(National Council of Teachers of English) annual African American Read-In celebration of black authors.  It’s a time to read and reflect on literature with our families and students.  The Eanes ISD Librarians have compiled a brief booklist for some great new recommended titles for families to enjoy and discuss (see below or access the African American Read – In PDF with links).   NCTE also has lists of recommended reading as well.  Enjoy some good books and thought-provoking conversations!

Welcome back to 2020!

Welcome to the “virtual” library!  We are still here to help you! Here are some ways to reach us:

Zoom hours – join us daily on Zoom for our open hours during 8:15-8:45 a.m. and 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.  Anyone is welcome!  Come hang out or ask for specific help.  Ask your teacher for the Zoom code, or email the library staff!

Set up an appointment – Contact us and set up an appointment and we will be happy to meet with you.

Email – Email us for help.  Emails are on our “about us” page!

Call us – You can also contact us by phone during school hours at 512-732-9284.  Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @ whslibraryrocks too!

Resources about racism: diversity, equity, and inclusion

To keep up with current events, the library pulled together some resources for your reading and listening.  These books and podcasts might be conversation starters or help us deepen our understandings.  There are many resources available, and these are just a start.

Talking to your Kids about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (For parents – podcasts, reading lists for children, teens, and adults, and conversation guides)



Spring break and it’s time for an e-book…(or audiobook…)

The weather is getting warmer which means it is a great time to curl up in the sun with a great read!  The library has added lots of new ebooks and audiobooks for you to our Overdrive and Mackin accounts!

To use Overdrive, download either the Overdrive or the Sora app(Sora is the high school app for Overdrive) and check out our shelf by going to our website here.

ebook titles

Welcome back! Westlake’s 50th anniversary!

Welcome to 2019-2020 school year!  The library has been here since the very beginning, ready to help!  In fact, here’s Westlake’s FIRST librarian, Sarah Widener, helping students with headphones!

To celebrate the 50th anniversary, join us on the first day for a Sixties photo booth and check out the photographs around the library celebrating 1969!

Just like then, the library was a place for students to hang out, get help with technology(we had the first reverse screen projector where the bathroom is now), find good books, and get help from librarians.

The technology may have changed, but the library’s goal to serve students (and help teachers) hasn’t changed!

So welcome to 2019!  Have a great year!