Schools with a strong school library program and a certified school librarian ensure their students have the best chance to succeed. If your children’s school doesn’t have a school library or school librarian—or the school library budget has been slashed—become an advocate!

  • Spread the word: Certified school librarians make the whole school more effective. They teach students how to learn, and they help teachers drive student success.

  • Attend school board meetings, especially when the budget is on the agenda.

  • Speak up at PTA meetings.

  • Talk to the principal. Ask the school librarian what you can do to help publicize the effectiveness of the school library and its programs.

  • If you don’t have time to go to meetings, send e-mails about your concerns and about your support for the library program. Tell decision makers how important school libraries are for student achievement.

  • Send administrators a link to this website.

  • Write and talk about your children’s interests and explain how the school library supports their pursuit of those interests.

  • Use social media to communicate with other parents.

  • Contact the school board. (Many districts’ websites have links for contacting the school board and district administrators. If you can’t find those e-mail addresses, ask the school librarian (or a public librarian) for the addresses.)

  • Write a letter to the principal, superintendent, or write an op-ed.