School Library Month Proclaimed in Rhode Island

RHODE ISLAND - MARCH 31, 2017 - Governor Gina Raimondo has proclaimed April as School Library Month, recognizing the contributions that school librarians make to their school communities, including:

  • Teaching students to become information literate
  • Providing a 21st-century blend of  print and online resources
  • Helping students develop skills in new technologies
  • Promoting life-long literacy and enjoyment of reading 
Seven districts - Burrillville, Coventry, Cranston, East Greenwich (twice!), Narragansett, Newport, and North Kingstown - have recently named librarians as their Teachers of the Year. Governor Raimondo’s formal commendation of the work that school librarians do complements that fact.

Research has shown a correlation between school library programs and student achievement. The most recent study results, released in 2015, link higher standardized test scores with fully staffed and well-funded libraries. As School Library Journal notes, “The links could not be explained away by demographics such as gender, race/ethnicity, disability, and subsidized or free meals eligibility.” The Scholastic School Libraries Work! online publication compiles the results of studies for twenty years all over the United States.

“The benefits of school libraries eclipse picking out a good book or completing research projects,” says Sarah Hunicke of Portsmouth High School, SLRI president. “Time and again the research has shown that schools with effective library programs result in higher academic achievement, an added value that every school committee should recognize and support.”

About SLRI - - @SchLibRI

The purpose of School Librarians of Rhode Island shall be to (1) promote the improvement of instruction through opportunities that broaden the professional knowledge, understanding, and experience of its members; (2) provide leadership in defining, interpreting, and promoting effective library media programs to the community; and (3) serve as facilitator between the State Department of Education, Office of Library and Information Services, professional organizations, and the general public.                                                 

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