Phone: 208-285-1162 ext. 232


Degrees and Certifications:

Associate of Science- NIC Bachelor of Science in Education- U of I (K-8) Idaho Coaching Network- Id. State Dept. of Ed. K-12 Library Science/ Media Specialist Certification- U of I

Mrs. Waisanen

Welcome to the Genesee School Library!  My name is Heidi Waisanen and I'm the K-12 Teacher Librarian at Genesee School. My children, Cassie & Jeffery, graduated in 2016 and 2019 from Genesee High School. I've been teaching at Genesee School since 1999 doing the following: Class-size reduction (grades 1-4), 1st Grade, 3rd Grade, and Title I Reading. I love being in the library and serving students in grades PreK-12th. Often, you will find secondary students taking an IDLA online course in the library. We also host storytime for grades PreK-3 throughout the school year in the library.

The Genesee School Library was the recipient of the 2020 Idaho Commission for Library (ICfL) Mini-Grant, 2020 Idaho Lottery Commission 'Wish List' (camera recorder), 2020 Project Learning Tree (PLT) science grants, and 2020 Genesee Education Foundation (GEF) grants. We are grateful for these additional funds as we continue to update our book collections and technology. Following the school district mission statement, we support "providing all students with academic and life skills enabling them to become lifelong learners and responsible, productive citizens of our ever-changing community and the world."


  • Mission of the Genesee School Library:

    The school library provides information and ideas that are fundamental to function successfully in today's information and knowledge-based society. We encourage users to become critical thinkers and effective users of information in all formats and media. Our library helps equip students with life-long learning skills, develop imagination, as well as enabling them to live as responsible citizens.


    Library Policies and Usage:

    Students have access to library media as well as technology, according to our Accepted Use Policies (Elementary & Secondary). Elementary students may visit the library during open hours with their class, or individually using a classroom pass. Students are encouraged to use the library for research, or to support / supplement regular class instruction.  Secondary students may also use the library during open hours. All users must be respectful of other classes such as IDLA (online learners), Elementary story/activity time, or other scheduled events. 

    The library is open daily for student/staff use from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Elementary and Secondary students may check materials out for 14 days. You may renew your book through Lumen for an additional 14 days, or see the librarian.  Students are financially responsible for any books or materials which are lost or damaged.