School Libraries

Progress for School Libraries!

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This week, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (aka “HELP Committee”) met to mark-up (debate, amend and vote on) the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, a bill that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), formerly known as No Child Left Behind. The American Library Association (ALA) sought amendments to require that every student ... Read More »

Act now libraries: Simon & Schuster launches free ebook offer

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Publisher Simon & Schuster announced today it would donate a free ebook copy of Academy Award–winning producer Brian Grazer’s new book, “A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life” (coauthored by journalist Charles Fishman), to school and public libraries for every ebook or hardcover book sold at retail, up to 5,000 copies. The book and the promotion launch April ... Read More »

Make some noise for school library funding

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This Thursday, the American Library Association is joining a social media push hosted by the National Education Association (NEA) in support of dedicated funding for school libraries through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries Act (SKILLS) Act, which would expand federal investment in school libraries so they can continue to offer ... Read More »

Education Businesses, Associations Demand Increase in School Library Funding

Scholastic joined a coalition of education businesses calling for school library provisions.

A coalition of more than 20 education businesses, associations and media groups―including Scholastic Inc., EBSCO Information Services and the Association of American Publishers―called (pdf) on the U.S. Congress to support dedicated school library funding in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides federal funding for national K-12 education programs. The coalition specifically asks Congress to ... Read More »

School librarians: Send us your successful IAL story

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This week, I joined my colleague Kevin Maher, assistant director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office of Government Relations, in meeting with staff from Reach Out and Read, Save the Children and Reading Is Fundamental to lobby congressional Appropriators staff for level funding for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL), a grant program with at least half of funding going to ... Read More »