Libraries Matter

Elementary-Middle School (Age 6-12)

Public Library Talking Points

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Students who read for fun develop positive, lifelong reading habits that reinforce literacy skills.
  • Students begin to connect reading and are motivated to read, thanks to entertaining group activities planned by well-trained library staff.
  • 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.
  • Students who read for pleasure improve their academic performance.
  • 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.
  • Students and their families take advantage of the free learning supports offered by their local public libraries.
  • 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.