Reason #24: "A school library is a place where a kid can escape to a new world or a new point of view. It's where I learned about my favorite authors, including Judy Blume, Piers Anthony, and J.R.R. Tolkien. I'm grateful to my school library for turning me on to reading!" Author Jeff Kinney
Reason #19: "School libraries are very important. A quiet place to read or look at pictures, to discover or daydream. A place where the imagination can be free." Author/illustrator Eric Carle
Reason #18: "Schools without libraries are like plants without sunshine. The importance of library services and professionals that provide these valuable resources for students in our nation's schools is indisputable." Mat McRae, Principal of Swan Valley High School, Saginaw, Mich. 2012 recipient of the American Association of School Librarians' Distinguished School Administrator Award
Reason #11: An Indiana study showed that students average better test scores when teachers and librarians collaborate, principals value the librarians and teachers view them as fellow educators.
Reason #16: Thanks to Quinton, a student from Sanislo Elementary School in Seattle, for what might be the best quote yet: “I like the library because there is never someone mad here; books make people happy!”
Reason #20: "School libraries are essential learning resources and librarians are the 'guides inside' our schools, leading everyday teaching and learning toward methods and outcomes that best prepare our students for the challenges of the 21st century." - Bernie Trilling, Global Director, Oracle Education Foundation, 2010
30 Reasons to Celebrate School Libraries: #5. School librarians offer information literacy and technology instruction that is crucial to success in digital environment, which is particularly important among marginalized student who may not have access to resources and computers in their homes.