Washington, D.C. — The American Library Association (ALA) applauds the Weinberg Foundation for its dedication of $5 million to build 12 new school libraries for Baltimore City Public Schools. On Wednesday, Sept. 12, the first of the three renovated libraries of the project was opened to the public at Thomas Johnson Elementary/Middle School.
The renovations are a part of the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project initiative to build, equip and staff Baltimore City elementary and middle school libraries. As part of the school library renovations and additions, each library will include thousands of new books, e-readers, computers and designated areas for parent visits and school instruction.
“We thank the Weinberg Foundation for recognizing the important role that school libraries can play in a child’s education,” said ALA President Maureen Sullivan, who is from Annapolis, Md. “The Foundation is investing in school libraries because they understand that libraries can turn around schools.”
“The Weinberg Foundation’s commitment to Baltimore libraries exemplifies the fact that school libraries are a crucial component of school learning environments. Right now, the American Library Association is working with Congress to ensure the inclusion of school library funding in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.”
To learn more about the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project, go to www.baltimorelibraryproject.org. View photos from the event on the ALA’s Washington Office website, the District Dispatch.
About the American Library Association
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world,with approximately 60,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.