During my high school years, the first floor sanctuary was the chapel and the fourth floor sanctuary was the library, which held a grand array of books available for both research and pleasure. The great joy for us all was that the library remained open after classes ended for the day. We knew we could hang out on street corners, roam around Woolworths or opt for malteds at The Hamburger Express. But quite often, the school library beat out those ultra attractive options. And, just as is true for the New York Public Library Fordham Branch, the school library kept us off the streets and out of trouble.
So I was pained to read this article that points out how many school systems are cutting back library hours and in some cases eliminating library services from SOME schools in the district, while leaving service intact in others. Who is making those decisions? Don’t all the children in a school district deserve at least some access to a school library?
If this is happening in your local school district, please make the phone call or write the letter reminding the school district powers-that-be that libraries grow readers, and readers become leaders.