Information for Parents and Students
about School Libraries in HISD
Harris, Kathleen Murray. "How to Write Emails That Actually Get Answered." Real Simple, 31 July 2017.
Rosenbaum, Mark. "Students Argue Literacy Is A Right In Lawsuit." Interview by Noel King. NPR.org, 26 June 2018.
Hauser, Christine. "Too Many Children in California Can’t Read, Lawsuit Claims." New York Times, 6 Dec. 2017.
"Educating a Child in 2018: Parents & School Librarians Partnering for Student Success." by Texas Association of School Librarians, 2018. PDF file. Written for use at conference booths hosted by Texas Association of School Librarians, and for distribution by TASL membership wherever useful.
Articles of Interest for
Articles of Interest for Parents & Students
Lamonico, Melissa. "I also think it is time to stop pretending schools are worried about their student's reading skills if they do not make a full time certified librarian with a budget and support a priority #ReadingSummit." Twitter, 18 July 2019, 8:57 AM. Image quote: “Access to a full-time, degreed school librarian increases students’ test scores, closes the achievement gap, and improves writing skills.” (Lance, 2012).
Long, Cindy. "Not Your Grandfather’s School Library." NEA Today, National Education Association, 6 Dec. 2017.
McDonald, Melissa, and Melanie Roy. "Why the School Nurse's Office Should Have a Well-Stocked Library." Nerdy Book Club, 10 June 2019.
Merga, Margaret. “How Can School Libraries Support Student Wellbeing? Evidence and Implications for Further Research.” Journal of Library Administration, 1 July 2020. “Concern about student wellbeing and related mental health is a global issue, and schools are increasingly expected to support student wellbeing. While the focus on libraries and wellbeing in research is more commonly on public libraries, school libraries can also play an important supportive role in this regard. Robust research evidence is needed from school library contexts to support targeted advocacy in order to enhance student wellbeing. This paper explores how school libraries may support student wellbeing by operating as safe spaces for young people, promoting and resourcing mental health and wellbeing initiatives, and supporting and promoting bibliotherapeutic practices and reading for pleasure. It then highlights implications for future research to support the development of a sound, research-supported evidence base for advocacy moving forward.”
Merga, Margaret. “A Place To Get Away From It All: 5 Ways School Libraries Support Student Well-Being.” The Conversation, 29 Sep 2020.
Meyer, Susan. "School Libraries – More Important than Ever." Tech Notes, TCEA, 12 Apr. 2017
Moreillon, Judi. " Literacy Matters Every Day." Tucson.com. Arizona Daily Star, 6 March 2019.
Morgan, Jonathan. "How Do Librarians in Schools Support Struggling Readers?" National Assn for the Teaching of English (UK), 7 July 2019.
NEA. “Build Your School’s Opportunity Checklist.” NEA, 2019. Librarians are included in the “Quality Educators” section.
NCTE. "The Students' Right to Read." NCTE, 25 Oct. 2018.
Nemec-Loise, Jenna. "500 Words on School Libraries." News, North Shore Country Day School (Winnetka IL), 25 Apr. 2018. "I was a dark and stormy child..."
Northern, Sam. Research Ambassadors. KQ, AASL, 16, 28 Feb. 2019.
Oh, Erin Wilkey. "10 Reasons Librarians Are More Important Than Ever." Common Sense Education, 11 Apr. 2017.
Paschal, Maureen. "This School Librarian Teaches Students About (Actual) Fake News. Here’s How Parents Can, Too." On Parenting, Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2017.
Peterson, Carl J. "LAUSD Libraries are Safe (For Now)." Medium, 24 May 2019.
Qaimari, Nader. "The Importance of School Librarians: The President of Follett School Solutions Explains Why School Librarians Are Worth Fighting For." Publishers Weekly, 15 June 2018.
QIS Parents Network. “Raising readers in the age of digital distraction.” Queensland Independent Schools Parent Network, 26 Feb. 2019.
School libraries help to bridge digital divide. Parent Today (Posted in Elementary, High School, Middle Years), 13 Feb 2019.
SLJ, editor. "The Advocate's Toolbox." http://advocacy.slj.com/, edited by SLJ and Capstone, School Library Journal. This is a growing collection of articles about libraries and Makerspaces for you to use as examples and background knowledge when telling your story.
"Stories for All of Us." Jambo Book Club. Jambo Book Club sends your child two beautiful high-quality books each month that star a child of color in an engaging story. Jambo makes it easy to add fun multicultural children‘s books to your home library.
"Study: Toddlers Prefer Print Books over Tablets." ABC4.com, 20 June 2019.
Watkins, Kaleb. "Patiently awaiting the first day of school so some student can say to me,'I don't read.' I love this kid. They have used that excuse for so long they actually believe it's true. My classroom library has the book for them. If it doesn't, I will buy it for them. Can't wait!!" Twitter, 29 July 2019.
Wexler, Natalie. "Why American Students Haven't Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years." Atlantic Magazine, 13 Apr. 2018. Schools usually focus on teaching comprehension skills instead of general knowledge—even though education researchers know better.
What Kids Are Reading. Renaissance. Download the report.
Yorio, Kara. "A Fifth Grader's Mission To Save His School's Librarian." School Library Journal, 24 May 2018.
"Klein ISD: 90 Seconds with Bret, 04/04/2017." 90 Seconds with Bret, Klein ISD, 4 Apr. 2017. When's the last time you visited a library in Klein ISD? You may be surprised at what you see during your next visit! Hear Klein Superintendent Bret A. Champion extoll the virtues of Klein libraries.