Libraries Matter

Elementary-Middle School (Age 6-12)

School Library Talking Points

  • Students achieve more academically when their teachers and school librarians plan and deliver instruction collaboratively.
  • Students are more likely to be successful academically if they have the benefit of library program led by a state-certified school librarian.
  • Students’ academic success is fostered by a well-funded school library program.
  • Students are more successful academically when their teachers benefit from professional development opportunities offered by their librarian colleagues.
  • Disadvantaged students have a better chance of succeeding academically when they attend schools with strong library programs.
  • Students learn how to evaluate and use information—not just how to find and access it—from school librarians.
  • Students and their teachers make more effective use of the Internet and other digital resources after learning about them from school librarians.
  • Students who read for pleasure improve their academic performance.
  • 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.
  • Students learn 21st century learning skills through state-of-the-art school library programs.
  • 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.
  • Interactions with a school librarian aid children and teens in becoming confident, competent, and independent learners.