School Libraries

Kids lobby for new library

Kids lobby for new library is a neat article out of California on pleas for a new city library handwritten in clumsy cursive, "Library-O-Grams" from elementary schoolchildren. The collage is part of a no-holds-barred lobbying effort launched by the city to win state money - a requested $18.9 million - for a new 92,000-square-foot library.

Fontana lost its bid for the money last year, in part, city officials say, because they failed to recognize how hard they would have to lobby.
The city's present 13,000-square-foot library has only 10 computers, said head librarian Renee Lovato, and on Tuesdays - the library's busiest day - by 4 p.m. children are often signing up for computer time up to a day ahead.
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Grove librarian digs deep to fulfill promise

Katie writes "Grove Elementary School librarian, Tim Nave, regularly challenges students to send him postcards from their summer vacation destinations. This year's reward for making the goal was having Nave enact a scene from Louis Sachar's Holes.

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Parent lobbies to keep books, asks 'Where would it end?'

News From Iowa where parents, after books were challenged, collected more than 140 signatures on a petition asking the high school to keep the books in freshman classes. The books in question were "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou, which describes the sexual abuse of the author at a young age, and "The Chocolate War" by Robert Cormier, which contains profanity.

School library trades a few cookies for 2,000+ books

Mock Turtle writes "Acme Elementary School in rural Washington is facing the kind of challenge any school would like to have: sorting through thousands of children's books donated to the school by a Seattle community center. University Heights Center for the Community had been looking for someone to help them clean out their former family reading room, and the center's director said Acme could have whatever they could haul away -- all for the price of a few chocolate chip cookies. Almost all the books are in good enough shape to get years more use in Acme's classrooms and libraries. The school even got some new bookshelves in the bargain. Read about it at the Bellingham Herald."

Weight Limits for School Books

The Boston
Globe says
that a state representative "has proposed
limiting the weight of books used in public schools amid concerns
about the health risks of overloaded backpacks." California
and Tennessee states already have such laws. Although baggage
products used improperly (backpacks are best positioned with the
center at waist or hip level, and carried with two wide, padded,
contoured, shoulder straps, preferably with a belt strap and
luggage-type wheels) can cause back trauma and lower back pain,
there is no proven link between heavy packs and scoliosis. The
folks at TeleRead
would likely have some alternate suggestions for enacting such laws.

New trend in high school libraries?

Katie writes "From the Lynnfield, MA North Shore Sunday: "The Booking Process - A new facility at St. John's Prep has set the standard for high school libraries. But are such posh digs a pipe dream for the state's public schools?

Here's one way to gauge the respect and reverence the senior class at St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers has for the sprawling A.E. Studzinski Library: They have unofficially proclaimed that there will be no trampling of books at the shiny new facility."

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Parents do the booking

Anna writes "The parents of students at Doherty Middle School in Andover (MA) have stepped in to help keep the library open. The hours of the school librarian, who has been in the Andover school system as a librarian for over 40 years, have been cut down to four per week, so parent volunteers are filling in the gaps to provide an adult presence and someone to check the books in and out.

"Knapp and Stacey said the parents can handle the basic running of the library, but they need Freedman's guidance for bigger problems."

"Freedman concurs. "When I come in there's (a stack of) questions this high," she said.""

School libraries "an untapped resource"

Mock Turtle writes "The Northampton, MA, school system employs only one full-time professional librarian these days: Richard Winnick doubles as Northampton High School librarian and the district library media department head. After 21 years with the school system, Winnick remains committed to his dream job, despite having seen the high school library budget dwindle from $20,000 to $2,000. The Daily Hampshire Gazette profiles Winnick."

School librarian reflects on decades of change

Mock Turtle writes "The Sun in Bremerton, WA, profiles and interviews Wendy Kraft, librarian for nearly 20 years at Bremerton's Brownsville Elementary, as she plans to retire at the end of this school year. Along with Kraft's reflections on the big changes and the reassuring continuities in the school library over the years, she offers her Top 10 list of books that turn kids into readers."

Padlocked school libraries in Mass

Marlene writes "I picked this off Live Journal

Padlocked school libraries in Mass

"That is also the case in Winthrop, where classes begin tomorrow. Consumer sciences -- what was once known as home economics -- will not be offered at Winthrop High School this year. Each of Winthrop's four school libraries has been "padlocked" because the librarians were let go as part of 22 layoffs and $1.5 million in cuts, Superintendent of Schools Thomas Giancristiano said. And no after-school activities, such as drama or sports, were funded.""

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