Friday, February 18, 2011

California Campaign for Strong School Libraries

The California School Library Association (CSLA) has launched the California Campaign for Strong School Libraries, a public awareness campaign to raise awareness about the importance of strong school libraries for children.
Through a variety of projects and programs, the Campaign for Strong School libraries is targeting areas throughout California to raise awareness about the importance of strong school libraries for our children.
Campaign Chair Connie Williams plans to reach out to vendors and other large sponsors. Research confirms that school librarians and school libraries support students in academic achievement, lifelong learning, and reading.  Now is the time to get the word out to parents, community members and decision makers. California is in serious danger of losing school librarians and school libraries. The most severe cuts are occurring in our state, where school library services to children are already at the bottom in the nation.
By creating awareness, the Campaign will open the doors to conversation about how strong school libraries impact learning and how keeping the doors open, staffed appropriately will – in the long run – provide the scaffolding for strong schools.
As school libraries close, children of poverty lose access and the achievement gap grows larger. The easy solution, and one backed up by more than 20 state and international studies confirms that the school library provides access to books, plus access to the professional who can lead our children into their digital future safely and thinking critically about their world - both virtual and real.
The Campaign is asking for tax-deductible donations to support funding for projects and programs dedicated to helping school library professionals and support staff to create projects for their students, faculty and/or administrators, develop legislative campaigns that support requirements for school libraries; and design curriculum and instruction which will benefit our students for years to come.
Williams says "Let the Campaign begin!  See you on board."
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