6-12 (elementary/middle school)

Kindergarten-Middle School Talking Point #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.

Library summer programs promote reading and language development

Basic Service: Summer reading program. Promotes: Access to reading materials, independent reading, recreational reading, reading motivation, enjoyment of reading, interaction during reading, playing with language, reading practice, building vocabulary, reading fluency.

Libraries provide a child-friendly, literacy-rich environment

Basic Service: Child-friendly, literacy-rich environment. Promotes: Early/emergent literacy, motivation, joy of reading, access to materials.

A school library can lead to higher student achievement regardless of the community

A school library program that is adequately staffed, resourced, and funded can lead to higher student achievement regardless of the socioeconomic or educational levels of the community.

Library media specialists play an essential role in the learning community

Library media specialists play an essential role in the learning community by ensuring that students and staff are efficient and effective users of ideas and information.

Effective school libraries are much more than books

Effective school libraries are much more than books. They are learning hubs, each with a full range of print and electronic resources that support student achievement.

Library media specialists working with teachers benefits students

When library media specialists work with teachers to support learning opportunities with books, computer resources, and more, students learn more, get better grades, and score higher on standardized test scores than their peers in schools without good libraries

Connection between student achievment and the presence of a qualified library media specialist

An abundance of evidence strongly supports the connection between student achievement and the presence of school libraries with qualified school library media specialists

Schools that invest more in library-related resources perform better

The conclusion to be drawn is that, within the present sample, students in schools that invest more of their per-pupil expenditure in library-related resources tend to perform better on standardized tests at several grade levels.

Library use differs between successful and unsuccessful schools

… [T]he results indicated that the way libraries were used differed between successful and unsuccessful schools. Successful schools schedule more class time in the library, spend more time allowing students to check out materials, have more individual student research hours, offer more time for reading incentive programs like Accelerated Reader, are used more frequently by faculty members for professional growth and classroom support, and are open more hours beyond the school day.

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