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.
6-12 (elementary/middle school)
Students begin to connect reading and are motivated to read, thanks to entertaining group activities planned by well-trained library staff.
Students who read for fun develop positive, lifelong reading habits that reinforce literacy skills.
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.
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.
Basic Service: Child-friendly, literacy-rich environment. Promotes: Early/emergent literacy, motivation, joy of reading, access to materials.
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 by ensuring that students and staff are efficient and effective users of ideas and information.
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.
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