Celebrate school libraries

​“I don't know where I'd be without my school library,” said Jeff Kinney, New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and National Library Month spokesperson. “Our librarians were passionate about putting great books in the hands of kids, and making us into lifelong readers.”

At the April 7 Board of Education meeting, the board will declare April as “School Library Month in Cherry Creek Schools” in recognition of the incredible contributions school libraries and librarians make to our students and staff.

“The School Library Program offers an equitable environment conducive to reading and learning, critical thinking, creative expression, investigation and research, professional growth, and development and enhancement of curriculum,” states the board proclamation.

Today’s librarians are also teachers, enhancing what is taught in the classroom. For example, just before spring break, Buffalo Trail librarian Kim Casali, who is a National Board Certified School Librarian, was teaching kindergarteners about the difference between fiction and non-fiction books. 

In addition, today’s libraries offer students much more than just books, including digital books, CDs and DVDs, and access to many online resources. Every school library has a website giving students round the clock access to eBooks and other online tools, using the technology they have available at home.

The Buffalo Trail, Eaglecrest and Cherry Creek libraries have been recognized as “Highly Effective Library Programs” by the Colorado Department of Education and the CCHS library was named Colorado’s Outstanding School Library in 2011.

Posted April 3, 2014.

Posted 4/3/2014 12:14 PM
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