A new PSA featuring Academy Award® winning actress and bestselling author Julianne Moore is now available from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) as part of the 30th anniversary of School Library Month.

In the piece, Moore speaks to how school librarians empower students to succeed in school and beyond. The PSA and instructions on how to embed the video on school library websites can be viewed at www.ala.org/aasl/slm/2015/psa.

“School libraries make a difference,” said Moore. “I moved around a lot as a young child, and the first place I would visit in a new place was the school library. The librarians guided me, encouraged me, and set the stage for my lifelong...


As the nation celebrates April as School Library Month, it's a good time to reflect on the essential role that school librarians play in our children's education.  A recent study in the state of Washington showed the wisdom of investing in school librarians.  As part of the study, Dr. Elizabeth Coker conducted a data analysis of a 40-question survey conducted by the Washington State’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) among 1,486 of the 2,428 K-12 schools in the state.

The results of that study, which was undertaken on behalf of the Washington Library Media Association, were summed up in a report, Certified Teacher-Librarians, Library Quality and Student Achievement in Washington State Public Schools...


Libraries save money every day through the free services they offer every day.  But they also provide free, unbiased information that helps their customers save money through sound financial decisions.

This week (April 18-25, 2015), libraries across the country are highlighting these services during Money Smart Week @ your library.

Launched in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign to promote financial education. Money Smart Week @ your library is a partnership initiative between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to expand Money Smart Week® to libraries across the country. Libraries are among the many institutions participating,...


A school librarian is many things to many people.

In the words of Rachel Wagner, one of her students and her nominator for the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times 2014 I Love My Librarian Award, Christine Payne “is more than just a school employee. Her roles vary from media specialist to tech support, from club advisor to personal mentor, from editor to inspiration.”

Payne, librarian at Appoquinimink High School in Middletown, Delaware, has been a librarian in elementary, middle and high schools for her district.   “In each school the library became the heart of the school,” Wagner said. “Activities flowed from the library; students and their families flowed in.”

Wagner mentioned Payne’s commitment to...

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Review of the Day

Barbassa, Juliana (author).
July 2015. 336p. Touchstone, hardcover, $27 (9781476756257); e-book (9781476756271). 918.81.
REVIEW. First published April 15, 2015 (Booklist).

After 21 years of roaming the globe with her family and her career in journalism, Barbassa returned to Rio de Janeiro in 2010 as Brazil prepared for its bids for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. It had been a long time, but Barbassa was curious how the bid and the frenzied infrastructure changes it required would impact Rio’s tumultuous politics, gross inequalities, vibrant culture, and fragile ecology. Working as an AP reporter, she was on hand for a 12-hour siege of a favela as the police fought to oust...