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.
Impact on Reading and Literacy
Students learn 21st century learning skills through state-of-the-art school library programs.
Well-trained library staff help students learn how to perform age-appropriate Internet searches using the public library’s free public access workstations, and other library learning tools and services, such as live online tutoring and Web-based resources for homework help.
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 and their families take advantage of the free learning supports offered by their local public libraries.
Students participate in reading activities year-round, thanks to the public library’s innovative after-school and summer reading programs. Programs like these help combat the achievement gap that has been shown to significantly widen over the summer.
Students who read for pleasure improve their academic performance.
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.
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.