Support School Libraries!
Well-funded school library programs staffed by a state certified school librarian are essential to preparing today's students for their future.
Students score higher (8 to 25%) on standardized reading tests at schools with strong, well-funded library programs led by a state-certified school librarian.
College and Career Readiness
Today’s K–12 students will compete for jobs in a global economy. Many of those jobs haven’t been invented yet. To keep up with evolving technology and job markets, today’s students will need to be good readers and lifelong learners who can gather, evaluate, and use information to create new knowledge. School librarians teach these skills.
Imagine a place where all students feel welcome and encouraged to grow and learn. That space is the school library. School libraries provide more than just books, computers and other technology, databases of accurate information, e-books, plus fun and educational activities. School libraries provide a safe haven for all students to think, create, share, and grow. School libraries can be the hub of learning and the favorite spot for many students.
Students’ Success Endangered
In the past eight years many school library budgets have been slashed or eliminated. In too many districts school librarians’ jobs have also been cut. Of course, district officials and school administrators must make tough choices when tax revenue falls. However, school libraries are not “frills.” School libraries, under the direction of a state-certified school librarian, have been linked to improved student achievement levels. Students need to develop the information-literacy skills that school librarians model and teach. .
How can you support school libraries?
Attend school board meetings, especially when the budget is on the agenda. Tell decision-makers that the school library program is important to you and your children. (Not sure when the board meets? Check the school district website or call the district administration office.)
Tell administrators and members of the school board (in person or by e-mail) that your child needs the school library. Studies show that a strong school library program led by a state-certified school librarian helps students do better in school.
Send the school board and principal a link to this website. (You can get their e-mail addresses from the school district website or by phoning your local public library.)
Use Twitter and Facebook to share your concerns. Talk to other parents. Maybe a group of you can work together to convince decision-makers to fund the school library.
Remind parents and administrators that the help of a real librarian is important to your children’s future success in college and at work.