School Libraries Transform Learning: Celebrate School Library Month

| April 18, 2016

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VALDOSTA – Valdosta City Schools’ library/media centers join together in celebrating the impact they have on revolutionizing learning in their schools through their library media programs that offer various activities that are organized throughout the school year.

School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians’ celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April librarians/media specialist are encouraged to host events to help their school and local community celebrate the vital role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning.

Libraries and media centers aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging centers that offer collaboration with teachers and students with using new technologies, learning how to use technology, such as iPads, Chromebooks and other devices, teaching classes, hosting book fairs, or just a place that students come to check out a good book. Valdosta City Schools’ libraries offer access to a variety of print and digital resources, including MyON and Destiny Quest, which is a web-based electronic catalog, to search school’s library collection as well as review websites and access ebooks that can be accessed in person or online.

Valdosta City Schools’ media specialist believe that readers are leaders, and it is important to instill and foster a passion for reading at an early age and to continue cultivating that passion even in high school.

Each of the Valdosta City Schools’ media centers are celebrating School Library Month by providing various programs and activities through the week to push reading and the importance of literacy. Additionally, National Library Week, April 10th-16th will help celebrate libraries across the country. It a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Celebrations during National Library Week include:

Monday, April 11: State of America’s Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2015.
Tuesday, April 12: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and friend groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
Wednesday, April 13: National Bookmobile Day, a day to recognize the contributions of our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities.
Valdosta High School will be celebrating National Poetry Month throughout the month of April.

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