School Library Advocacy Impact Quotes

These quotes are from school principals, government leaders, high school students, parents and educators  demonstrate the critical role school libraries play in shaping the 21st century skills needed by today's youth to compete in the global market place. These quotes will assist you in advocating for fully staffed and funded school libraries in your community.

“[]….….school libraries are designed to promote and support the educational goals of the school….. []… Children need access to books and the other resources libraries offer. School libraries are essential to giving children equal opportunities to succeed..."

Patsy Aldana is the Founder and publisher of Groundwood Books and co-chair of the National Reading Campaign, a project to promote a reading culture throughout Canada

Quoted in:
Williams, Leigh Anne. 2011. “Panel Examines Canadian School Library Crisis: Looking for Solutions.” Publishers Weekly, December 19. http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry....

Term(s): School Library Advocacy
Location: Canada

"If a parent had to choose between the cost of one book for a child or meal for the family that would cost the same amount of money, the book would be out. Libraries provide the books that parents are unable to."

Joe Sarnicola is retired from the Auburn Enlarged City School District.

Quoted in:
Sarnicola, Joe. 2011. “In Defense of Public Libraries.” The Citizen, December 26. http://auburnpub.com/lifestyles/in-defense-of-public-libraries/article_4....

Term(s): School Library Advocacy
Location: New York

"Education is the only valid passport from poverty.... we bridge the gap between helplessness and hope for more than five million educationally deprived children....We put into the hands of our youth more than 30 million new books, and into many of our schools their first libraries.”

President Lyndon Baines Johnson's remarks on signing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, April 11, 1965

Quoted in:

Johnson, Lyndon Baird (former president of the United States). 1965. “Remarks in Johnson City, Texas, Upon Signing the Elementary and Secondary Education Bill April 11, 1965 ~President Lyndon Baines Johnson”. Speech presented at the Signing the Elementary and Secondary Education Bill, April 11, Front lawn of the former Junction Elementary School, Johnson City, Texas. http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/johnson/archives.hom/speeches.hom/650411.asp.

Term(s): School Library Advocacy
Location: United States

"Technology has changed the lay of the land, Libraries have morphed into a hybrid model that pulls resources from the traditional print format and the newer digital format.’’

Susan Ballard is the Director, Library Media and Technology Services, of Londonderry School District in New Hampshire and the 2011-2012 President-Elect of the American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association.

Quoted in:
Quinlan, Maureen. 2012. “Libraries in Schools Keeping up with Times.” Boston Globe, April 1. http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2012/04/01/high_school_librari....

Term(s): School Libraries Support Student Achievement
Location: Massachusetts

“The school library is able to provide the most fiscally efficient, equitable, yet comprehensive offering of information, resources, and books for children.”

Christie Kaaland is a founding member of a national grassroots effort, Act4SL, in cooperation with school library advocate leaders from around the country working toward inclusive language that addresses equitable access to information for all children in the national legislation, Race to the Top, President Obama's educational reform.

Quoted in:
Kaaland, Christie. 2011. “School Library Language for Legislators.” School Library Monthly 27.6 (March): 49–51.

Term(s): School Library Advocacy
Location: United States

"...in this era of Google, when today's students are flooded with an unprecedented volume of information...It's not enough for children to know how to read - they must be proficient critical thinkers...the reality is that all too often today's students lack the ability to analyze information found online."

Carl Harvey is a School Librarian at North Elementary School in Noblesville, Indiana and the 2011-2012 President of the American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association.

Quoted in:
Harvey, Carl. 2011. “What You Can Do To Support School Libraries In Crisis.” Huffington Post, December 8. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carl-harvey-ii/post_2725_b_1136618.html.

Term(s): School Library Advocacy
Location: United States

"School libraries are the great equalizer. Contrary to public opinion, not every kid in America has access to the Internet.”

Carol Daniels, Principal of London Elementary School in Ohio.

Quoted in:
Zachariah, Holly. 2011. “Cutbacks Shut Elementary’s Library, Threaten Middle School’s Cutbacks in London Schools Keep Students Out of Elementary’s Library; Middle School’s Is Next.” Columbus Dispatch, November 26. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/11/26/cutbacks-shut-e...

Term(s): Funding/Budget Crisis
Location: United States

"It is hard to imagine an elementary school without a school library. I’ve never heard of one. To close these libraries would be a terrible tragedy.

Kristina M. Brendel, resident of Ipswich, Massachusetts

Quoted in:
Brendel, Kristina M. 2012. “Letter: Good Schools Support a Village.” Ipswich Chronicle, March 4. http://www.wickedlocal.com/ipswich/newsnow/x1160489563/Letter-Good-schoo....

Term(s): School Libraries Support Student Achievement
Location: Massachusetts

"It can be difficult for me. Sometimes I go to the school library before classes or try to do my homework and projects at school before coming home because it's easier."

Eduardo Pérez , eighth grade student at Lee Middle School in Orlando, Florida.

Quoted in:
Pacheco, Walter. 2012. “Many Low-income Students Struggle with Lack of Internet at Home.” Orlando Sentinel, March 18. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-03-18/business/os-students-with....

Term(s): School Libraries Support Student Achievement
Location: Florida

"A flaw in the government's thinking is that they think of education in terms of schools, but some services are done better at local or regional level, like music and school library services….. "

Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, West Sussex, England.

Quoted in:
Ward, Helen. 2011. “Books Denied to 600,000.” The Times Educational Supplement no. 4942 (1) (May 20).

Term(s): Funding/Budget Crisis, School Libraries Support Student Achievement
Location: United Kingdom