Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Enjoy School Libraries

April is School Library Month and a great time to consider all the amazing things a school library achieves for students and the school community. The American Association of School Librarians has dubbed this year’s theme “Making Connections,” which is a very appropriate theme. All of schools in Burke are lucky to have certified librarians, which studies show increase reading test scores, overall higher test scores and encourage a love of reading and learning that continues throughout life.

School libraries have much more than books; most have labs where students create, investigate and collaborate on learning projects. In addition to assisting students, the school librarian is a treasured resource for all classroom teachers in the school. The connections the school librarian makes, and encourages students to make with learning, their community, the world and reading, impact learners as they go on to become lifelong learners and productive members of our community.

You can support the American Association of School Librarians and School Library Month by sharing your connections with your local school. Offer to be a guest reader or to share how reading or librarians influenced your life and career. Contact your local school today and connect as school librarians help make connections with students, teachers, community and the world.

Alyssa Lingler

Burke

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