In the library right? Well, more and more libraries are disappearing in our schools. Is anybody saddened by this. I certainly am. I love books and going to the library gives me a feeling of exhilaration to be around so many awesome books.
In my small town we have two libraries within a 5 mile radius. We really are blessed. But not all kids have parents that take them to the library. I love that in most schools they have a library so that kids can experience the thrill of being in the library. A place where you can just look for the kinds of books that you want. Some people get lost and don't know where to begin. That is where the smaller version inside of a school is so great. Kids can learn how to find books in a library, but on a smaller scale.
I worked for a school district that had completely gotten rid of their librarians. They replaced all of them with aids so that kids could check out books. In some cases there was still story time, but for the most part any of the other perks like learning how to use the library and learning how to research were placed in the teachers hands. As if teachers did not have enough responsibilities.
I did an author visit yesterday at a school, and one of the reasons the librarian mentioned that libraries are disappearing is because classrooms are required to have their own libraries. I bet the people that did research on the value of books in the classroom didn't realize that people would misinterpret that one and begin getting rid of libraries.
I believe that books should be both in the classroom and in the library. Getting rid of libraries in the school because there are books in the classroom is as crazy as getting rid of town libraries because people have home libraries. I completely disagree that either should have to suffer.
Some people will argue that funding is low in schools. In my opinion, schools that get rid of books in schools should not have funding to begin with. O.k maybe that is a little drastic, but seriously, how can you operate schools without books?
More and more schools are getting an increase in the amount of technology they have, but this is a whole different form of literacy. This is called information literacy and it doesn't replace reading. I read a study yesterday that talked about how kids are using their laptops or computers and most of them are using them as word processors. So the bulk of the time that they are on the computer is being spent writing final copies, vs. reading.
I have asked my own children how much time they spend on their computers, and both of them mentioned that even though they have their own computers they lug to and from school, they don't actually use them a lot during the day. So computers aren't replacing libraries and classroom libraries can't replace libraries.
As much as I love schools, some crazy things are happening. But what I love, even though some of these things are going on, and teachers have little control over it, great teachers are still introducing kids to great books. Thank goodness we have teachers. Teachers that no matter what is going on with funding and politics, do an amazing job and give our kids a first class education with what they have. I know that all good teachers will always give the best education they possibly can. I just hope that more schools would rethink the idea of getting rid of libraries and do the best that they can to make sure all kids have access to this amazing resource.
Where do you think libraries should be in schools?