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Peggy Becksvoort <[log in to unmask]>
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Peggy Becksvoort <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:26:32 -0500
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Thanks Nissa! I couldn't agree more.


*Find it in the library.......*

Peg Becksvoort, LMS, NBCT
*Maine Association of School Libraries*
Librarian, Falmouth Middle School
52 Woodville Rd
Falmouth, ME 04105
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On Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 3:20 PM, Nissa Flanagan <[log in to unmask]>

> A letter from ALA President Courtney Young - I couldn't agree more!
> Nissa Flanagan
> MLA President
> *School Librarians Transform Learning*
> How do school librarians transform learning? As library professionals, we
> all know that school librarians are indispensable to education. We know
> that schools with a strong school library program and a certified school
> librarian give their students the best chance to succeed. We also know that
> the education today=E2=80=99s children receive at the school library level
> =
> will
> affect their ability to use and benefit from public and academic libraries
> throughout their lives.
> We truly are an =E2=80=9Cecosystem,=E2=80=9D and we all need to support
> str=
> ong school
> libraries. That is why theAmerican Association of School Librarians
> <> is launching an awareness-campaign during the
> ALA Midwinter Meeting this month: to educate the whole of our profession --
> and through them, the public -- about the importance of school librarians
> in the lives of children.
> How do school librarians transform learning? Here are just a few ways:
>    - Schools with a strong school library program and a certified school
>    librarian give their students the best chance to succeed.
>    - Certified school librarians make the whole school more effective. They
>    teach students how to learn, and they help teachers drive student
> succes=
> s.
>    - Students and teachers love, value, and use school libraries every day.
> I am personally asking you to speak out about the value of school
> librarians in your communities. Everyone can be an advocate
> <> for school libraries!
> Visit the School Libraries Make a Difference <>
> w=
> eb
> resource on <> for
> specific ways to get involved, including drafting a letter to the editor or
> writing an op-ed for a local publication. Letters to the editor and op-eds
> are an easy way to reach large numbers of community members.  If you have
> never written one of these letters, or need tips along the way, I Love
> Libraries provides a comprehensive guide to writing and placing an op-ed
> piece
> <>
> We know that our children=E2=80=99s education and readiness for the
> workfor=
> ce is in
> peril when school library budgets and school librarians are cut. You have a
> role in ensuring excellence for every student by demanding a school library
> with a certified school librarian in every school. Join us in speaking up
> for school libraries!
> Sincerely,
> Courtney L. Young
> ALA President