Educational/Literacy Impact

Children discussed their favorite texts

In fact, multiple resources were mentioned as ways to find books and materials, including public libraries… Children discussed their favorite texts at length and in detail, sometimes making intertextual connections between a book and the film rendition, at other times listing favorite genres, series, and authors.

States Ranking in the Top Half on Reading Scores, Ranked in the Top Half on Circulation

Of states ranking in the top half of all states on reading scores, more than four-fifths (82 percent) ranked in the top half on circulation of children’s materials per capita… Conversely, four out of five states (83 percent) in the bottom half on reading scores also rank in the bottom half on children’s circulation…

Link between children’s materials circulated by public libraries and fourth-grade reading scores

State-by-state data released by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in November 2007 provides evidence of a strong, positive link between the amount of children’s materials circulated by public libraries and fourth-grade reading scores on the same agency’s National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Efforts of public libraries to promote early literacy pays off

But by using readily available data about reading scores, children’s services in public libraries, and adult educational attainment, this analysis supports the widespread belief that the efforts of public libraries to promote early literacy pays off in terms of higher reading scores during elementary school. There is a positive and statistically significant relationship between children’s services in public libraries and early reading success at school.

Attending Library Programs Helps Reading Scores

Of states ranking in the top half on reading scores, seven out of 10 (70 percent) ranked in the top half on attendance at children’s programs per capita… By contrast, seven out of 10 states (70 percent) in the bottom half on reading scores also rank in the bottom half on children’s program attendance…

States Ranking in the Top Half on Reading Scores, Ranked in the Top Half on Attendance at Children’s Programs

Of states ranking in the top half on reading scores, seven out of 10 (70 percent) ranked in the top half on attendance at children’s programs per capita… By contrast, seven out of 10 states (70 percent) in the bottom half on reading scores also rank in the bottom half on children’s program attendance…

Important for School Librarians to Introduce Themselves to the Early Childhood Educators

It is important for school librarians to introduce themselves to the early childhood educators in their schools by inviting them to visit the school library and look at the available resources. They can also make plans for story time with the students and collaborate to build a foundation for early literacy.

Many Children Begin School Today At a Disadvantage

Many children begin school today at a disadvantage. They may not have been read to on a regular basis, and many have never been to a library. School librarians can make books fun for these students and introduce them to the whole new world ahead of them!

Young Children are Enthusiastic, Eager to Participate, and Learning All The Time

Young children are enthusiastic, eager to participate, and learning all the time. The time devoted to creating these positive experiences with young children is time well spent. With a little planning and an inviting attitude, all school librarians can provide a delightful and meaningful introduction to the library for even the youngest members of the school community.

School Librarians’ Welcome Young Children into the Library

It’s the school librarians’ responsibility and pleasure to welcome these young children into the library and develop programming that provides them with beginning literacy experiences. Such programming can create building blocks for success in reading throughout their entire educational experience.

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