The Hilliard Weaver Middle School‘s Media Center is vibrant partner within the school and community. Located in the northwest corner of Central Ohio, Hilliard Weaver Middle School serves approximately 880 seventh and eighth graders.
The media center’s schedule is flexible, no two days are the same. On the day we toured, we witnessed a flurry of independent academic focus groups working on various projects and studying. The library has students three periods a day, and teachers also bring their student groups. Twenty computer stations are spread throughout the space, including a computer lab, and separate rooms for fiction (Cat Lounge), a makerspace (Cat Lab), and teacher’s workroom enhance the library. Student peer volunteers host an awesome Genius Bar to assist fellow students with their district-issued iPads.
The library (Cat Zone) was overhauled three years ago. New furniture was installed, and upcycled bookshelves created a more open environment. Much of the eliminated reference section is now accessed digitally through the media center’s website. Throughout the library, one can see the imprint of students. In collaboration with Weaver’s art teachers, the media center celebrates the work of its middle school students.
My primary goal is to create a welcoming environment for everyone. – Dr. Christina Dorr
Dr. Christina Dorr, Ph.D. is an experienced professional whose career spans over 25 years within the Hilliard City Schools. For the past three years, she has helped Weaver Middle School to reach its academic goals through programs and partnerships. In addition to her work within the school, Dr. Dorr is an instructor at Kent State University’s School of Library & Information Science, and she has served on several American Library Association book award committees, including the committee for the prestigious Coretta Scott King Book Awards.
Teen Tech Week, Books & Brownies, regional competitions like Battle of the Books, community partnerships to bring celebrated authors like Jason Reynolds, collaboration with Columbus Metropolitan Library Hilliard Branch, supporting lunch programming like Weaver’s Got Talent, hosting after school clubs like Yearbook, and so much more…The Hilliard Weaver Middle School Media Center, Dr. Dorr and the center’s volunteers have created a rich environment for exploration, discovery and learning for students, families and the community.