Kindergarten–Middle School 6–12

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When the act of reading extends beyond the schoolroom and becomes part of daily life, ongoing literacy is on its way to becoming a reality.— Donahue, Patricia L. et al.

  1. Public library programming and books for children make a difference. Public libraries provide engaging programs and amazing collections that help students from all backgrounds become excited and enthusiastic readers. | more
  2. Students who read for fun develop positive, lifelong reading habits that reinforce literacy skills. | more
  3. Students begin to connect reading and are motivated to read, thanks to entertaining group activities planned by well-trained library staff. | more
  4. Staff in public libraries assist students in finding and enjoying learning resources geared to their interests and needs, which are also available at times when school resources are not, such as after-school hours, weekends, and during the summer. | more
  5. Students who read for pleasure improve their academic performance. | more
  6. Students participate in reading activities year-round, thanks to the public library’s innovative after-school and summer reading programs. Programs like these help combat the achievement gap that has been shown to significantly widen over the summer. | more
  7. Students and their families take advantage of the free learning supports offered by their local public libraries. | | more
  8. Well-trained library staff help students learn how to perform age-appropriate Internet searches using the public library’s free public access workstations, and other library learning tools and services, such as live online tutoring and Web-based resources for homework help. | more

Students whose library media specialists played [an instructional] role—either by identifying materials to be used with teacher-planned instructional units or by collaborating with teachers in planning instructional units—tend to achieve higher average test scores.Lance, Welborn, and Hamilton-Pennell.

  1. Students can get a head start on early reading success, if they are given opportunities to use public libraries. Students who are exposed to print-rich environments are more successful in school. And, they can go on to be successful lifelong learners, if that early boost is built upon by school library programs. | more
  2. Students learn 21st century learning skills through state-of-the-art school library programs. | more
  3. The school library program plays an important role in helping students get an overall conception of the information seeking process with all the different steps it contains. | more
  4. Interactions with a school librarian aid children and teens in becoming confident, competent, and independent learners. | more
  5. Students achieve more academically when their teachers and school librarians plan and deliver instruction collaboratively. | more
  6. Students are more likely to be successful academically if they have the benefit of library program led by a state-certified school librarian. | more
  7. Students’ academic success is fostered by a well-funded school library program. | more
  8. Students are more successful academically when their teachers benefit from professional development opportunities offered by their librarian colleagues. | more
  9. Disadvantaged students have a better chance of succeeding academically when they attend schools with strong library programs. | more
  10. Students learn how to evaluate and use information—not just how to find and access it—from school librarians. | more
  11. Students and their teachers make more effective use of the Internet and other digital resources after learning about them from school librarians. | more