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The Declaration for the Right to School Libraries

Around the country, school libraries are celebrating National School Library Month this April. As part of that celebration, many libraries are participating in the Declaration for the Right to School Libraries initiative, lead by the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Association of School Libraries (AASL).

The ALA and the AASL believe that school libraries are integral to literacy and lifelong learning, and that school libraries “level the playing field” for students who don’t have internet access at home.

The Declaration for the Right to School Libraries helps “raise public and media awareness of the critical importance of a fully-staffed and well funded school library program to parents, teachers, school administrators, and the community at large.” (source)

The Declaration for the Right to School Libraries was inspired by ALA President Barbara Stripling’s cornerstone campaign, the Declaration for the Right to Libraries. The eleven tenants of the Declaration for the Right to School Libraries are:

  • School Libraries Change Lives
  • School Libraries Empower the Individual
  • School Libraries Support Literacy and Lifelong Learning
  • School Libraries Strengthen Families
  • School Libraries are the Great Equalizer
  • School Libraries Build Communities
  • School Libraries Protect Our Right to Know
  • School Libraries Strengthen Our Nation
  • School Libraries Advance Research and Scholarship
  • School Libraries Help Us to Better Understand Each Other
  • School Libraries Preserve Our Nation’s Cultural Heritage

To read the full Declaration, visit the ALA website.

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