It’s easy to assume that all schools have well-funded libraries, staffed by a certified school librarian. But in reality, this isn’t always true. The only way to find out what’s happening at your children’s school is to get involved. Ask your children about their school library experiences, visit the school library, and talk to the school librarian and other teachers.
First, explore the situation at your child’s school. If the situation is good, you can help make it even better! Ask the school librarian how you can help. Even working parents with very little time might be able to contribute skills to a special project or help with publicity for an event sponsored by the library.
If the situation is not good, become an advocate. Attending school board meetings, writing letters of support and talking to other parents are just some of the ways to get started.
One of the things you can do is write an op-ed piece for your local newspaper. (It’s not as hard as you think!)
Share this digital publication with parents, colleagues, administration, and policymakers. Available electronically or as a PDF download,this tool can open the door to discussions on the multiple ways school libraries transform learning.
Your voice matters. Talk to your community’s parent leaders, teachers, principals, school board, or superintendent about the importance of strong school library programs with certified school librarians.
This new digital magazine produced by AASL in partnership with American Libraries, is designed to be shared with parents, colleagues, administration, and policymakers. Available electronically or as a PDF download, this tool can open the door to discussions on the multiple ways school libraries transform learning.