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School Library Month in Chicago: Yes, a celebration!
I post this on behalf of a new Library Advocacy Committee for Chicago Public School Librarians, who chose to celebrate School Library Month by sharing their accomplishments on behalf of Chicago’s kids.
Please share their story.
School Library Month (SLM) is the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student’s educational career.
Chicago Public Schools librarians are celebrating too! A new Twitter page has been created by CPS Certified School Librarians this weekend to highlight the GREAT things Chicago school librarians are doing every day with students in their libraries. Follow this Twitter page to view projects, pictures and read articles about school libraries.
Don’t have a Twitter account? You can view the tweets here
A bit of history:
Numerous school-librarians were informed that their positions would be closed. Students across the city were informed that they would not have a school librarian for the following school year and the library would be closed. This created unrest with our students as they had developed a trusting relationship with their school librarians. Committed to educating our students, these librarians returned to the classroom and began classroom instruction.
At some schools, vacant librarian positions were filled by non-certified teacher aides, library clerks and classroom teachers (who were placed in the library by principals to retain their jobs).
This year, our Board of Education has proposed mandatory gym and fine arts programs along with additional budget cuts throughout the system. It has been suggested that school librarian positions should be closed.
What Can You Do To Help?
This is a critical time for librarians in Chicago and throughout the country!
Please help this committee by following our new Twitter page and retweet our messages.
Our first set of Tweets will begin later today! Join us as we highlight the GREAT things Chicago Librarians are doing, ensure that every CPS student has a professionally staffed library and bring attention to the attack on school librarians nationwide.
About Joyce Valenza
Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza
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