Friday, February 05, 2010

Latest Blow to School Libraries and Students

President’s FY2011 budget proposals calls for cuts to school library program

A press release is going out across AASL communication channels in response to the President’s Budget Proposal which eliminates the Improving Literacy through School Libraries Act,shown to be effective in raising literacy levels in poorer schools, designed to boost academic achievement by providing students with access to up-to-date school library materials. School Library Journal published an article today outlining the action and its consequences on school libraries. When school libraries are impacted, so are public and academic libraries, all part of the learning continuum that we make up.

ALA Council members, all ALA members, and library advocates can help by contacting your federal representatives and local media outlets immediately, sharing the impact school library programs have in your districts and asking for restoration of these crucial funds for school libraries.

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