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School librarian off to Zambia to work with street kids

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 02/21/2012 - 14:35

School librarian off to Zambia to work with street kids
At a time in her life when many parents are helping their older teens get ready for a gap year, Jennifer MacKinnon is taking one herself.

Last week, the 55-year-old Millwood High School librarian headed off to Zambia to volunteer for a year with a special library project aimed at street kids in the African country’s capital, Lusaka.

Students Save School Librarian's Life

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 01/30/2012 - 15:18

Students Save School Librarian’s Life
Students at Piper Elementary are being recognized for their life saving efforts. The school held an assembly on Friday to honor Mrs. Ward’s first grade class.

The librarian had an apparent heart attack while the students were using the library a couple of weeks ago.

Tucson Unified School District has not banned any books as has been widely and incorrectly reported

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 01/20/2012 - 07:45

George Orwell comes to TUSD: Books not banned, just boxed up and out of MAS classrooms
"NONE of the above books have been banned by TUSD. Each book has been boxed and stored as part of the process of suspending the classes. The books listed above were cited in the ruling that found the classes out of compliance with state law."

Censoring School Books Before They're Bought

Submitted by Great Western Dragon on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 11:31

It's bad enough when a local politician is trying to designate which books a school should or should not buy, but it's even more frightening when he doesn't even know what he's doing.

From the article:

At the beginning of the school year, as the Dysart Unified School District was preparing to buy more than 1,000 novels for its libraries and classrooms, Rep. Jack Harper, R-Surprise, posted to an online message board a list of books he thought the district was considering buying that he found objectionable.

A Dearth of California School Librarians

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 01/04/2012 - 16:08

If you can read this, don't thank a school librarian -- they're too hard to find.

Fewer than 25 percent of California public schools are staffed with a school librarian, according to SFGate. That makes about 900 school librarians across the state, according to Department of Education statistics -- or the lowest ratio of librarians-to-students in the country.