Portland West Middle School

Welcome to Library Land!

Portland West Middle School's Media Center is named after a distinguished Sumner County educator named Dorothy Turner.  The library program is designed to support adacemics, research, and pleasure reading needs. This library wouldn't exist without all the awesome students, parents, teachers, and administrators who support it!  Thanks for all you do!!

Mission

The mission of the Dorothy Turner Library is to facilitate lifelong learning and the success of all students and teachers at Portland West Middle School by offering a variety of materials, information access, information literacy training, and curriculum support in a customer-friendly environment.

Vision*

The vision of the Dorothy Turner Library is to prepare students for a lifetime of success by empowering students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information.

Beliefs*

  • Reading is a window to the world.
  • Inquiry provides a framework for learning.
  • Ethical behavior in the use of information must be taught.
  • Technology skills are crucial for future employment needs.
  • Equitable access is a key component for education.
  • The definition of information literacy has become more complex as resources and technologies have changed.
  • The continuing expansion of information demands that all individuals acquire the thinking skills that will enable them to learn on their own.
  • Learning has a social context.
  • School libraries are essential to the development of learning skills.

*in part from Empowering Learners:  Guidelines for School Library Media Programs (AASL)