How important is summer reading to parents? According to a study conducted by Reading Is Fundamental and Macy’s, only 17 percent of parents responded that reading should be a “top priority” for their kids during summer months.
Los Angeles Public School District (LAUSD) recently passed a $6.64 billion dollar budget, the largest budget since LAUSD’s 2008 slashing of jobs, services, and programs. The budget is anticipated to not only restore school library services to every elementary and middle school, but also “more than double the number of new teachers to 1,200, increase librarians, nurses, and counselors, reduce class sizes, increase tutoring, and improve parent education efforts.”
In August 2013, the Vermont School Library Association discovered the requirement for their jobs was being removed from the language of the state’s Education Quality Standards. In response, school, university, public, and state librarians campaigned to become a requirement in state standards once again—and won.
Modesto City Schools (MCS) is set to end all library instruction for its elementary schools for the 2014-2015 school year—while keeping the school library open with library assistants.
Once staffed with 13 elementary school librarians and four middle school librarians, today Allentown (PA) School District now has one district elementary school librarian serving all 15 elementary schools and two middle school librarians split among four middle schools.
Experts have found that physical touch and hand movements are important for brain development and learning—crucial aspects to be aware of when creating apps and other digital programs for children.
This year, New York’s Archbishop Stepinac High School saw its entire textbook collection transition to a digital library.
This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Published in January 2014, the YALSA report “The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action” addresses the need for a national conversation around how young adults are served by libraries today—and how to better position library centers to foster and drive learning in the future. The report is also being seen as set of best practices, which YALSA will use to re-evaluate its own best practices guidelines, says Beth Yoke, YALSA’s director.
School library access in San Diego’s school district has been greatly reduced since a budget slash in 2008, and the outlying community having been vocal about restoring student access to its school libraries. The San Diego Unified School District has been listening, and may widen its severely curtailed school library access in 2014-15.
The majority of students 13 and under are picking up e-readers to enjoy their favorite reads—with 92 percent doing so at least once a week—reveals the report “Exploring the E-Reading Habits of Children.”
SLJ‘s spending survey, sent to school and public libraries, found that libraries’ use of digital tools, ebooks, and other resources continues to grow—while budgets do not.
This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide
Computer coding programs and robotics are just some of the tools intrepid young patrons will be using this summer as school and public librarians nationwide gear up for technology camps.
This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
A new study from PBS KIDS reveals that parents value their children’s learning of social and emotional skills over academic performance in early learning.
Faced with a budget cut that turned their full-time teacher librarians into half-time positions, Adams 12 Five Star Schools District in Thornton, Colorado created a new job position to get media specialists into K-8 classrooms as much as possible.
In Minnesota, Saint Paul Public Schools has agreed to more than double the number of school librarians over the next two years, to 25 positions by the fall of 2015.
The Cleveland Public Library has opened 54 new Early Literacy Stations across its 27 branches in the hope of enticing young learners, ages 2-8, through gamification and other means.
Educators at Discovery Education’s learning summit last month in Maryland talk of how digitization requires strategy and training—not just putting a device into student’s hands.
This past January, the Alliance for Excellent Education published a report showing school librarians in the front lines of the education movement to shepherd digital tools and skills into the hands of students.