Monday, April 12, 2010
Let's hear it for librarians! Yes, April 11 - 17 is National Library Week and my prompt to cheer it up for the people and places so integral to our communities. I've asked some author and illustrator friends to share a few words, memories, stories to rally us all to talk-up librarians and I'll be running these pieces all week-long. You'll hear from Laurie Halse Anderson -- the official spokesperson for the American Association of School Librarians' School Library Month 2010 celebration, Christine Brodien-Jones, Deborah Heiligman, Mark Stamaty, Adrienne Sylver and more. Enjoy -- and please share your stories with us, too.
Laurie Halse Anderson, author of INDEPENDENT DAMES, CHAINS, SPEAK, WINTERGIRLS and many other acclaimed books for children and teens, talks of the importance of libraries: "School libraries [and I might add her words work for public libraries as well] are not luxuries, they are the foundations of our culture....Let's fight to make sure that every school in America has an amazing library staffed with an incredible librarian." She shares that math scores are up across the country, but reading scores are not. "We haven't asked parents to volunteer to teach our algebra classes... we haven't fired math teachers and let kids to figure it out on the Internet, but we've closed libraries and fired librarians, who are the central figure of literacy in any school."