School Library Month Focuses on Declaration for the Right to School Libraries
April is National School Library Month! Around the country school libraries are celebrating by hosting Declaration for the Right to School Libraries signing events.
The Declaration for the Right to School Libraries, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of ALA, focuses on the vital role that school libraries play in students’ education. Among the concepts covered is the idea that school libraries are integral to literacy and lifelong learning, whether it’s to sharpen reading skills or learn critical thinking skills that will help them navigate the internet. For those without access to print materials or the internet at home, school libraries level the playing field, allowing everyone an equal chance at success and education.
Signing events are an excellent, and often, much needed, opportunity to increase public and media awareness of the critical importance of a fully-staffed and well funded school library program to parents, teachers, school administrators, and the community at large. The Declaration for the Right to School Libraries is adapted from The Declaration for the Right to Libraries, an initiative of ALA President Barbara Stripling. It’s intended to build the public will and sustained support for libraries of all types. View the Declaration for the Right to School Libraries.
School librarians interested in hosting a signing can download free copies of the Declaration for the Right to School Libraries here, and view the toolkit to help plan and organize Declaration events. ALA is tracking these school library signings, and organizers are asked to submit this short form once their event has taken place.
(Photos courtesy of Dr. Margaret Lincoln, District Librarian for Lakeview Schools in Battle Creek, MI. Dr. Lincoln and a group of her students hosted a Declaration signing in conjunction with Parent-Teacher conferences at Lakeview High School this past November, promoting the signing throughout the school, and signing the Declaration in the library over the course of two days.)