This Is a Problem: School Libraries That Are Closed All the Time
Look out – I’m fired up today.
I have a message, and it is clear: some school libraries are closed too much.
Closed. Too. Much.
- If you don’t check out books for a month at the end of every school year to do inventory (which, by the way, is almost completely useless). It’s a problem.
- If you don’t check out books for a month at the beginning of the school year because . . . I don’t even know why some schools do this, it’s a problem.
- If you have super-restrictive policies that favor books over students, it’s a problem.
You might read this post and say, “Thanks, Travis, but school libraries don’t do those things anymore.” To that I say, it’s a big world out there and you’d be surprised. I’ve been around for a bit now and have seen and heard a lot.
So for those who need it, a reminder: School libraries exist for kids.
WE EXIST FOR KIDS!
We have materials to offer. Our job should be getting them off our shelves and into student hands as fast as possible.
Think about how many school days a year you aren’t checking out materials. Now think of the reasons why. Are they justifications you’re clinging to, or actual, unavoidable obstacles? Because, you know, WE EXIST FOR KIDS!
I told you I’m fired up.
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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