Young children develop important literacy skills, enjoy positive learning experiences and prepare to enter kindergarten “school-ready” at the library.
Impact on Reading and Literacy
The public library provides an interactive free place for parents and their young children to enjoy the written and spoken word, aided by library staff skilled in early literacy techniques that parents can then replicate at home.
Students’ academic success is fostered by a well-funded school library media program.
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.
Basic Service: Story time for preschoolers. Promotes: Hearing language, being read aloud to, socialization, cognitive development for building later learning, modeling reading aloud and interaction for parents and caregivers, reading motivation, playing with language. Best Practice: Parent training and mentoring. Promotes: Socialization, language-skill building, book selection, motivation, joy of reading. Best Practice: Programming with families. Promotes: Lifelong use of library, motivation, parent/child interaction, independent reading, access to materials, early/emergent literacy. Best Practice: Child-care provider training and mentoring. Promotes: Early/emergent literacy, book selection, motivation, joy of reading, playing with language.
“Ready To Read In Oregon: Building Best Practice In Library Service To Children”. Children And Libraries (Winter): 4-10.. 2004.
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.