Category: public school libraries

  • BiblioTech: Keeping Hope for Libraries Alive in the Digital Age

    John Palfrey’s lucid, passionate account of the state of American libraries reminds us both how important public libraries are to a healthy democracy and how close they are to going the way of the dodo bird. We are in the midst of a tectonic societal shift from print to digital and without a concerted effort…

  • Books Build Children

    Created earlier this year by Dentsu Tokyo for the Yokohama City Board of Education, the “Books to build children” ad campaign hopes to recruit librarians to work in elementary school libraries. Funny how we have to fight tooth and nail to keep our elementary school libraries open while other countries are actually in need of,…

  • Latest study confirms that school libraries positively impact student test scores 

    Well what do you know –  another study, this this time from the South Carolina Association of School Librarians, confirms once again that schools with vibrant libraries and librarians make a difference.  A big difference. Test scores and reading levels are higher and the chance of long-term academic success is greatly improved when a school boasts a healthy library.…

  • After helping the Ferguson Public Library we need to go to Philadelphia

    Principal Marjorie Neff sits in her school’s closed library, which was closed last year due to budget cuts. TOM GRALISH / Staff In one week we have helped raise over $300,000 for the Ferguson Public Library.  The outpouring of support has been epic and a wounded community has been guaranteed a safe place to turn to in its time…

  • The Horror, The Horror! Books Left for Dead in Abandoned Schools

    Community at Work by Stephanie. Philadelphia, 2011. In an era when most schools and kids have glaring book needs it is an utter tragedy to witness these images. All taken within the last five years and all depicting complete neglect. The breakdown of communication somewhere along the line that allows these books to go to an early…