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All children deserve a great school library with a librarian. A good librarian can steer a reluctant reader towards a book that makes their eyes light up and imagination spiral. Our guest blog by School Librarian of the Year 2018, Emma Suffield, demonstrates just how valuable a school library with a dedicated librarian is.

But despite research proving those that read achieve improved school results AND enjoy a better quality of life, including mental health, not all schools have a library.

Without a library at school some children never set foot in a library at all. So a three-year Great School Libraries Campaign has been launched to change that. 

SLA (School Library Association), SLG (School Libraries Group) and CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) are working together to achieve three aims:

* to secure school library funding;
* to produce a national framework for school libraries;
* achieve recognition of school libraries within the Ofsted framework.

Let’s help them!

Sign up to the Great School Libraries Campaign and build a world of lifelong readers and a new generation of writers.

“I am delighted that I AM in print is able to support the Great School Libraries campaign. This is an issue that has ramifications for children’s publishing, education and, perhaps most importantly, future generations. This campaign is about equality of access – allowing all children to develop their reading and information literacy skills; only with both these skills can these children have a chance to fully participate in society. Many people equate school libraries with stern librarians and dusty restricted books. This campaign will shine a new light on school libraries and show them to be the vibrant, modern and engaging places I know them to be.”

Alison Tarrant, Chief Executive, School Library Association / Chair, Great School Libraries Campaign working group

 

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