Tag Archives: School Librarians

Librarian transforms school bus to deliver books to kids in need

“She’s a school librarian turned bus driver. Jenny Granger is delivering books to kids around Snohomish to beat the “summer slide.” Between tests in June and September, there’s a general drop in students’ scores. Granger says a big factor is the fact kids don’t read as much during the summer. “We can complain about it or we can do something about it,” said Granger, a teacher and librarian at Snohomish’s Emerson Elementary.” (via HeraldNet.com)

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Librarian Lack Limits Libraries in LAUSD

“About half of the 600 elementary and middle school libraries in the Los Angeles Unified School District are without librarians or aides, denying tens of thousands of students regular access to nearly $100 million worth of books, it was reported today. The crisis has exacerbated educational inequalities across the nation’s second-largest system as some campuses receive extra money for library staff and others don’t, the Los Angeles Times reported. It has also sparked a prolonged labor conflict with the California School Employees Association, which represents library aides.” (via KTTV)

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Students, Librarians Speak Up For Lack Of Libraries In Phila. Schools

“Librarians in town for a national conference joined Philadelphia public school parents, students and staff, yesterday, to call attention to the lack of libraries in district schools. Inspired by the historic setting of Philadelphia, the group gathered at the Library Company and signed a “Declaration for the right to libraries.” There are just 16 librarians in all 214 district schools– and two of them are paid by anonymous donors.” (via CBS Philly)

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City Librarians Push Back to Protect Jobs

“New York City school librarians are fighting back. A group of librarians and parents held a rally Wednesday morning to protest the city’s request for a waiver from state librarian staffing requirements. Standing on the steps of Tweed Courthouse, the Department’s downtown Manhattan headquarters, librarians said they couldn’t just be replaced by a computer in a classroom.” (via WSJ)

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Skyview High teacher-librarian is ‘Slayer of Ignorance’

Oregonian – “One of his students calls him a “master of killing stupidity.” His email tagline usually reads, “Slayer of Ignorance.” Sometimes, it’s “Master of Thinkwando.” Those descriptions pretty accurately sum up Mark Ray’s role as a teacher-librarian at Skyview High School in Vancouver Public Schools. It’s also one of the qualities that earned him the state’s Teacher of the Year Award for 2012.”

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Vancouver librarian earns state’s top teaching honor

Librarian Accused Of Embezzlement Put On Paid Administrative Leave

KRCTV – “The Redding School District librarian accused of embezzling money and stealing books will not be back on the job in August, but she’ll still be getting paid. Wanell Stolz is accused of embezzling more than 13-thousand dollars from the Sycamore School parent-teacher- faculty club and taking hundreds of library books.”

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Librarian Challenges Grade Schoolers to Change the World with $5

 

Fox4KC – “At the end of the school year, students at Pleasant Lea Elementary in Lee’s Summit, Mo., received five dollars each with the instruction that they should try to change the world with it. The idea of going into the summer with five dollars and a mission to accomplish came from Beth Smith, the school librarian. She retired this year and wanted to leave the children with one final lesson. She raised $3,000 for the project and then distributed the money evenly to each student.”

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Margaret Atwood on Why School Librarians Rule

WSJ – “Margaret Atwood spoke yesterday at BookExpo America, the largest trade book fair in North America, and charmed the audience with her wry observations of the publishing industry and a slideshow of pen drawings she made on old-school computer punch cards (one was a comical rendering of two animals roaring at each other, competing over which one was bigger – she likened it to how writers act when appraising each other’s books).”

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