School Libraries: An Educational Resource

Guest Blog by Kourtney Berry

The efforts of Florida’s educators are often supported by a team of school staff members, especially school librarians dedicated to helping students succeed academically. However, it is too often we overlook the tremendous resource they provide to Florida’s more than 2.7 million students.

As we recognize April as School Library Month, it is important that we acknowledge the essential role strong school library programs play in a student’s educational career and encourage students to take advantage of these extra learning opportunities.  The American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) offers several tips and tools to parents on how school libraries can supplement their children’s education, includingSchool Libraries blog - April

–  Introducing yourself to your child’s school librarian;

–  Asking what resources are available to your child; and

–  Modeling good reading habits.

The association also suggests reading aloud with your children to cultivate greater academic development. To get started, ask your child’s school librarian about checking out an age-appropriate book and let the librarian know if your child needs extra help in a specific subject. School librarians are research experts who collaborate with classroom teachers to help students master research skills.

The School Library: What Parents Should Know explains how to measure your child’s library performance. Go and see what your library has to offer! Libraries offer much more than books, including book clubs, summer reading programs and electronic resources that can be accessed from your home. Visit the Florida Electronic Library (FEL) for more information on digital resources.

Are you interested in getting involved with your child’s school library services? For more information on how you can improve literacy education in your children’s schools, visit the AASL’s Parent Advocate Toolkit.

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