My love of libraries is no secret. If I hadn’t become a teacher, I definitely would have been a librarian.
Librarians and library support staff—whether they are in public, school, academic, medical, or government settings—are the ultimate role models in offering one-on-one attention. Enter the library, and they will not only help you find just what you were looking for; they’ll introduce you to information you didn’t even know existed.
April 8-14 is National Library Week, and the theme is “Libraries Lead.” That’s what they do: lead us on fascinating journeys of discovery.
April 10 is National Library Workers Day, a time to recognize the many ways these special people inspire curiosity and encourage lifelong learning. I think what makes them so good at what they do is that they’re always on a quest themselves to know more and understand more. They are lifelong learners to the core.
Do you know outstanding librarians or library support staff? Recognize their hard work by nominating them for the Galaxy of Stars.
The 11th is National Bookmobile Day, in recognition of the rolling libraries that bring books into communities across the nation.
The American Library Association suggests celebrating libraries—and the people who make them so special—by visiting a library this week to see what’s new.
You can also participate by answering this question: Where did the library lead you? Post your responses to Twitter, Instagram or on the I Love Libraries Facebook page this week, and you might win a prize.
With the Every Student Succeeds Act, the federal education law, we have an opportunity to speak out for what students and schools in every community need, including librarians and library resources. You can build your school’s Opportunity Checklist here.
Libraries are crucial to the success of all students, but an NEA study released in 2016 found wide disparities in resources based on poverty level and ethnic minority status.
What we need are well-resourced, well-loved libraries for every student—like the one I visited at Brown Elementary School in Jackson, Miss. a few years ago. Check out my previous blog post and video and see it for yourself!