School Libraries

Kent State Launches Library Institute

"Thanks to a little nudge from his daughter, Rep. Ralph Regula (R-OH) recently secured more than $2 million in federal funds to develop a pilot program at Kent State University to teach K-12 educators the value of school library resources."

"The new program, entitled the Institute for Library and Information Literacy Education, will bring together Kent State's School of Library and Information Science, College of Education, and the university library to offer various summer workshops and training sessions on "ways to encourage the effective use of school libraries in classes," says Regula, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education." (from School Library Journal)

'Stuck on Reading' promotion holds up despite scarcity of duct tape

"When 12-year-old Mason Laskey brought a note home from school stating that he needed parental permission to be taped to a wall, his father was confused."

"I thought he did something wrong," said Don Laskey of Cranberry. "I thought maybe he'd lost some kind of a bet or was being punished."

"Quite the opposite."

"Mason Laskey had won a monthlong reading contest, and was to be taped to the wall of the library in Haine elementary and middle schools to illustrate the notion that he was "stuck on reading," according to Librarian Sandra Reidmiller. (from The Post-Gazette)

I thought we were supposed to use duct tape to save ourselves from terrorists...

Teachers to work for free

Rochelle Hartman writes \"Portland teachers have reversed a decision to strike, agreeing, instead to work 10 days for free, in order to maintain health benefits and prevent cuts in education spending. Labor leaders are left scratching their heads over this one. At least these teachers are deciding for themselves, rather than having governing entities cut hours, close doors, and reassign.

Full Story \"
Meanwhile, In New Jersey A collaborative effort to save taxpayer dollars has brought educators and borough officials together in a novel plan to build a school for the district\'s youngest students and attach it to the public library.

School bans pigs stories

The BBC Is Reporting West Yorkshire head teacher has banned books containing stories about pigs from the classroom in case they offend Muslim children.
The literature has been removed from classes for under-sevens at Park Road Junior Infant and Nursery School in Batley.

Sixty per cent of the school's pupils are of Pakistani or Indian origin and 99% of these pupils are Muslims.

"The books remain in the school library and there is nothing to stop our younger children having stories such as 'The Three Little Pigs' in small groups."

School libraries gathering dust

The ResourceShelf Guy sent over A Sad Story from Toronto that says 500 downtown Toronto students in three public schools haven\'t been able to use their libraries since September because the board has eliminated the staff that ran the facilities.
The board eliminated library technicians last year and while most found a way to keep their libraries functioning with teachers and parents shelving books and filling in the gaps, while others have not.

\"It\'s an important part of the school that\'s being wasted. If kids don\'t learn about how to access a library, they\'re going to be lost in years to come.\"

School shelves gather dust

Gary D. Price sent over a Sad Little Story on The Patriot Elementary School\'s new library in Bakersfield, California.
For about 565 pupils, the library has just more than 3,000 books, far below the state Department of Education\'s goal of 20 \"updated, relevant, enticing books per student.\"

According to Patriot Principal Diane Dalton and library clerk Kelly Lawrence, the school hopes to accumulate at least 8,000 more books within the next four years, at around $20 a pop for good hardbacks. That\'s about $160,000.

\"It\'s funny,\" Jeffus said. \"You can get money to fund a new building, but you have a limited amount of startup funding for a library. It\'s a rare new school library that looks like it\'s adequate. Parents walk in and the buildings are beautiful but the shelves are very empty.\"

IA Bill Would Require Schools To Have Librarian, Counselor

A Short Story from Iowa says A bill introduced in the Legislature would require school districts to hire librarians and counselors. A spokesman for School Administrators of Iowa says they\'d agree that hiring guidance counselors and librarians is good for schools, but budgets won\'t allow it.

I tried to Find The Bill, but had no luck.

A Superintendent\'s Pearls of Wisdom

I read this column in Newsday the other day about a superindendent who cared more about his students than upsetting tenured teachers who thought they could not work and still keep their job. Check out this quote:

\"One librarian was notified, for example, that her library was officially closed, until she catalogued and placed on shelves all the hundreds of new books that she had allowed to remain in boxes over the past three years.\"

Pupil \'suspended\' after he Asked f&%king Jeeves

\"An Essex schoolboy is currently under police investigation after he sent an \"extremely abusive email\" to staff at search outfit Ask Jeeves.\"

\"The 72-word rant contained a heavy sprinkling of expletives before ending with the threat of bodily harm.\"

\"It seems, he was dissatisfied with the performance of the Ask Jeeves search engine.\"

\"Unfortunately, he sent the email from his school email account, so Ask Jeeves decided to forward it to his headmaster. (from The Register)

S. Florida middle schools told they don\'t have enough books

One From Florida, where they say As the number of middle school students in South Florida has boomed, school libraries have struggled to keep pace with children\'s need for reading materials.

Now middle schools are being told by a regional accrediting organization to increase their number of books by as much as 50 percent -- at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars during lean budget times.

While some of the money would be used for popular novels, schools would also buy multicultural texts, books that support the high-stakes FCAT exam and resources that supplement textbook materials.

\"If we\'re not careful, we\'ll have a whole generation of people who want the quick snapshot of what happened and won\'t take the time to see the whole picture,\"


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