By the California School Library Association
Originally appeared on the blog Gift Guide for Library and Book Lovers & the California School Library Association Campaign for Strong School Libraries.
Calling all Library and Book Lovers - If you didn't get that special gift over the holiday season check out this blog the Gift Guide for Library and Book Lovers by the California School Library Association Campaign for Strong School Libraries. The site features more than 75 products, ranging from small to tall, fashion, furniture, guy stuff and kid stuff for the book lover.
Proceeds made from the Google ads on the site support the CSLA's Campaign for Strong School Libraries. The campaign is designed to provide information about California school libraries. Visitors to the site are invited to give their time, talent and money to advocate for strong school libraries, implementing the new Model School Library Standards and creating legislative action.
School librarians and school libraries support students in academic achievement, lifelong learning and reading. We are in serious danger of losing school librarians and school libraries are closing all over the nation. The most severe cuts are occurring in California where school library services to children are already at the bottom in the nation.
As school libraries close, children of poverty lose access and the achievement gap grows larger. The easy solution, and one backed up by over 20 state and international studies confirms that access to books allows children to read more. Reading more creates better readers. The school library provides access to books, plus access to the professional who can lead our children into their digital future safely and thinking critically about their world - both virtual and real.
Please spend time looking at this website and learning more about the importance of a child's access to a strong school library.
Another effort by the CSLA includes experimenting with the designing and selling of t-shirts and other items imprinted with their logo and the theme of their conference at http://www.cafepress.com/LibraryGifts.