For immediate release | August 11, 2023

AASL Commends the Magic Book Bus of Rosman, North Carolina

CHICAGO – Acting upon a resolution submitted by the North Carolina School Library Media Association (NCSLMA) the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) formally commends the Magic Book Bus of Rosman, North Carolina. The program is one of twenty outstanding programs, events, and products recognized in 2023 for their support of the school librarian profession and the learners the profession serves.

The Magic Book Bus is recognized for providing equitable access to books for students and families in Transylvania County, North Carolina and collaborative learning opportunities for Rosman Middle and High School classes.

“North Carolina School Library Media Association is delighted to have the Magic Book Bus recognized nationally by AASL,” said Laura Aldridge, NCSLMA’s delegate to AASL Chapter Assembly. “We are pleased to have AASL highlight the positive contributions that Sarah Justice makes through embedding literacy and engagement into her community. We are proud of the individual and collective work of rural school librarians like Sarah whose service has a tremendous impact on North Carolina schools and students.”

AASL President Courtney Pentland added, “The commendations brought forth by AASL Chapters this year are representative of the amazing programs and advocacy efforts happening across the country in support of school libraries, school librarians, and the learners we all serve. I am grateful for organizations like those honored this year that also support literacy and intellectual freedom as these are essential skills and rights for everyone in our communities. We are definitely stronger together, and, through valuable partnerships like these, we can continue to help our learners build a foundation for a better tomorrow.”

All AASL Chapters are eligible to nominate outstanding programs, events, and products for national recognition. To be commended, nominees must align with the principles expressed in the AASL's mission and value statements. The full list of 2023 commendations can be found on the AASL website.

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Jennifer Habley

Manager, Members & Chapters

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)