A Note About Responsible Reading

In a library that serves students ranging in ages from ten to fourteen, a wide variety of materials is needed.  What is interesting and appropriate for eighth graders may not be interesting or appropriate for sixth graders and vice versa.  If you check out a book that makes you or your parents uncomfortable, please return it and choose another book.  Always feel free to contact us if you have questions or comments.

Mission Statement

To empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information. 

Standards for the 21st-Century Learner

American Association of School Librarians (AASL, 2009)

Collection Development Policy

The WSPMS library collection will meet the needs and interests of patrons and support the overall curriculum of our learning environment. The collection will reflect the diverse interests, experiences, and perspectives of the school community. 

Materials added to the WSPMS collection will meet at least one of the following criteria: 

In addition, all materials purchased for the library will be reviewed for middle school level students. 

 The following professional review and recommendation resources will be considered:

    School Library Journal


    Kirkus Reviews 

    Virginia Readers’ Choice

    Common Sense Media

    American Library Association Book Awards and Lists


Suggestions for book purchases may be made by students, staff and parents. Final purchase decisions will be made by the licensed library media specialist, using the RCPS Collection Development Policy as a guide. 

Donations Policy

The Wilbur S. Pence Library accepts book donations. Books may be added to the library collection if they meet the criteria of the Collection Development Policy. All donations become property of the WSPMS library and will not be returned if not added to the collection. Donors will not be notified regarding the use of donated materials. 

 American Library Association Library Bill of Rights

Librarian: Ms. Hall

Library Clerk: Mrs. Alumbaugh (afternoons)

Please email Ms. Hall (jhall@rockingham.k12.va.us) if you have any library questions.