School Libraries

Senator Fighting for school libraries

US Senator Jack Reed has introduced a bill to provide $275
million in funding to school libraries to purchase new
reference materials. S.1262, the Elementary and Secondary
School Library Media Resources, Training and Advanced
Technology Assistance Act, would provide critical funding
for school libraries and increase student access to the most
up-to-date library materials. You can even submit
examples of out-of-date reference books in your school
library Here.
The School Library Bill Page is at reed.senate.gov -- Read More

Rise in Test Scores Tied to School Library Resources

Edweek.org has a report on an interesting study done that has shown a correlation between appropriate and sufficient library collections and qualified library personnel an performance on standardized tests.

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The reports conclude that test scores increase as school librarians spend more time collaborating with and providing training to teachers, providing input into curricula, and managing information technology for the school.

The full results will be reported in next month\'s School Library Journal.\' -- Read More

Tea-riffic fundraiser

This
Story
out of NJ shows that fundraising opportunites
present themselves at any time. A teacher came up with an
idea for a new tea, and has since been selling the tea, and
making money for the library.

\"Since launching the Teaneck Tea Collection in 1993
with the help of Harney & Sons Ltd., a New England tea
company, Ponchick has raised $2,970.24 in profits from sales
of Teaneck Tea and poured that cash right back into
Whittier\'s library. The tea is on sale at Whittier School
and at Victoria\'s Cafe on Queen Anne Road ($5 for 24
bags) -- Read More

Librarian uses puppets as a teaching tool

Anonymous Patron writes "Here's A Good PR Lesson from a small town paper in the UP of MI. Puppets are helping Lakeview School third graders improve their reading skills.

Lakeview librarian Gina Sorensen, who came up with the puppet project, has assigned six groups of third graders to work together to put on a puppet show. Each show is based on various "fractured" fairy tales. The scripted puppet shows are derived from the classic fairy tales, but a twist has been added to each story.
Includes exciting action photo!"

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