(From GoDanRiver.com, by
“At George Washington High School’s student library around 2:30 p.m. on a recent Wednesday, students are busy. Some are looking for books, while others work on research projects on the computers.
Around all of the activity, librarians Haley Walters and Kim Roberson say the activity points to a singular belief: in an age of smartphones and evolving technology, school libraries still matter.
“We have a lot of kids who just enjoy reading,” Walters said.
Walters leveraged that enthusiasm for reading into a grant proposal for the American Association of School Librarians’ Inspire Collection Development Grant, and submitted the grant just before winter break.
Recently, the library organization announced GW was one of six recipients of the grant. The school will receive $3,000 to improve its selection.
“The need for general fiction, graphic novels, and hi/lo books is significant in order to support so many students who are entering the school reading at below grade level,” said grant committee chairman Floyd Pentlin in a news release.
Additionally, Walters said for many students the library is the only place access books — with few chain or local book stores in the area.
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April is School Library Month, so of course there’s a day specifically to celebrate school librarians. That day is today, April 4th!
If you are a school librarian – we appreciate you and the incredible work that you do! If you know a school librarian, share your appreciation and admiration!
AASL has a whole page devoted to School Library Month, so make sure to check that out. This year’s theme is Because School Libraries Empower Students and the hashtag is #slm17. Their page also includes complimentary webinars and graphics to use at your school library or media center.
School librarians and media specialists do so much to equip students with necessary research, technology, and literacy skills. For a few examples of the cool things that school librarians are doing, see this article from Education Week or this one from Learning.com.
Many of CMLE’s members are school libraries and we have been able to visit several of them. Discover all the excellent programs and activities taking place at these local libraries on our Library Visit page.
Thank you to school librarians and media specialists for all that you do! 🙂
From the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC):
“On Thursday, March 23, 2017, the ALSC Board of Directors and ALSC President Vice President/President-Elect Nina Lindsay and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) co-hosted an ALSC Community Forum live chat on the topic of digital literacy, digital citizenship for children in libraries.
This forum addressed the questions: with library and education funding and policy in question, who is teaching children information literacy–where, and how? From “fake news,” to new privacy concerns, to government “data rescue” and the threat to intellectual freedom with loss of data and access to broadband, what on-the-ground strategies can library staff in public and school libraries employ to prepare children to be digitally literate citizens? Continue reading ALSC/AASL Collaborative Community Forum: Archived Webcast Access
From the AASL site:
“The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaces the No Child Left Behind version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with language that includes “effective school library programs.”
Continue reading AASL stands on ESSA
Sometimes we need to get our message out there early about the power of school libraries and AASL is doing just that. The AASL, Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) offers this toolkit to school librarians, in the hopes that they will recommend and share this collection with school leaders and teaching colleagues.
This freely available (10 page) Preservice Toolkit, provides a variety of materials to help both preservice and in-service principals and teachers understand the value of the school library program, as well as the value of instructional collaboration between school librarians and teachers. Take a look and let us know what you think!
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