April is School Library Month

“School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians’ celebration of school librarians and their programs” and a recognition of “the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning” (from AASL). Here is what New York Times bestselling author, Jason Reynolds, the 2018 Spokesperson for School Library Month, has to say about school libraries:

“It’s impossible for me to talk about the importance of the school library without talking about the school librarian,” said Reynolds. “In full disclosure, the library wasn’t a place I frequented in school, but if I were in school today I’d practically live there, because there’s a good chance the coolest person in the building works where the books are. Not only can the school librarian help to curate a comfortable and welcoming space for all students, not only can they usher them to a vast array of books and reference materials, librarians also usually have the ability to connect with students on a personal level, because, well, they’ve read the most stories, which makes their potential for empathy and openness ceiling-less.”

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