National Library Week

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK CELEBRATED ACROSS THE COUNTRY

SCHOOL LIBRARIES PLAY IMPORTANT ROLE IN PUBLIC EDUCATION

National Library Week is April 7–13, 2024, and the Council for the Advancement of Public Schools (CAPS) is celebrating public school libraries in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. 

Our public school libraries help students connect with books and develop a love of reading. Our school libraries are not just quiet places for studying –they are the welcoming heart of many of our schools. 

School librarians work hard to provide learning opportunities for students of all ages. In the age of artificial intelligence, deepfakes and the spread of satirical news sources, it’s more critical than ever to give students the tools they need to evaluate and identify quality sources of information.  

Two local school librarians say that the stereotype of the quiet library is outdated. This National Library Week, we are celebrating of all our school librarians and library professionals in our public schools.

Lee Calaman, a middle school librarian at Upper Perkiomen Middle School, believes that school libraries are powerful places. “We love that libraries have books our students can check out, but they also serve as gathering places that help improve the community at large. We don’t want people to keep believing that libraries are supposed to be this silent place – we want our library to be a lively center where people can come and enjoy the wide array of materials that are available,” says Calaman.

Jenn Roth, an elementary librarian at North Wales Elementary School, agrees that the stereotype of quiet libraries is outdated. She works with students from kindergarten through sixth grade. She explains, “They’re places where students can use their imagination, work with a classmate, and feel like they belong somewhere. I want every child to have a welcoming library where they can find themselves in a book or engage in meaningful activities with friends.”

Roth also notes that the work of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) is key to her profession. “I am constantly seeking out professional development opportunities for myself as I think about what I can do to make our school library better. I am on the PSLA conference committee and have mentored other librarians throughout the state, and it has been so rewarding to share those ideas and collaborate with others.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries of all types across the country each April.

CAPS is an initiative of PSEA’s Mideastern Region, which seeks to promote the value and quality of public education in Bucks and Montgomery counties through advocacy and activities that highlight the positive contributions of public schools in our region. We also encourage ongoing community support for the success of our area public schools.

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