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Schools Need Libraries
Schools Need Libraries
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Schools Need Libraries
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Schools Need Libraries
Schools Need Libraries
Schools Need Libraries
Schools Need Libraries
Schools Need Libraries
Schools Need Libraries
Schools Need Libraries
Schools Need Libraries
Schools Need Libraries
Schools Need Libraries
Schools Need Libraries
Schools Need Libraries
Schools Need Libraries
Schools Need Libraries
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Schools Need Libraries
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Schools Need Libraries
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Schools Need Libraries

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In the UK libraries are required by law in prisons. That's wonderful. But to my surprise, I discovered that they are not required by law in schools. These past few weeks, authors, illustrators and …

In the UK libraries are required by law in prisons. That's wonderful. But to my surprise, I discovered that they are not required by law in schools. These past few weeks, authors, illustrators and librarians have been lobbying parliament to do something about it. The result is Early Day Motion 647 calling on Parliament to DO SOMETHING.

The motion could do with beefing up. I note that it undertakes to 'encourage school libraries' not make them statutory. But it's a start. Reading is good for our children - It's not rocket science. Let us help our MPs FOCUS. Here's what you can do:

1. BLOG about it, linking to or embedding this slideshare in your blog. Make sure you sue the words "School Libraries" and your MP's name in the title so that Search Engines will flag it up.
2. TWEET this slideshare, tagging your MP's twitter account.
3. If your MP has already signed, blog and tweet anyway, mentioning his or her name. Make sure their Google Alerts flag up this issue.
4. DON'T KNOW WHO YOUR MP IS? Enter your postcode and find out here http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/

I thank you, the librarians of the world thank you, and the children who will benefit will thank you.

MY MP JEREMY CORBYN FOR ISLINGTON HAS SIGNED EARLY DAY MOTION 647 FOR SCHOOL LIBRARIES, HAS YOURS? Here's the link - http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2012-13/647

btw I'm a children's author (www.candygourlay.com) who became an author because a librarian invited me into the school library.

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  • I am a teacher of special children in London. The greatest pleasure I have given to hundreds of children is giving them the tools to read. Everyone is a reader and empowering a child to become a reader is the beginning of the best journey in a their life. The struggle for my special students can still be overcome with plenty of age-appropriate literature available to them in class libraries ... All schools should be armed BY LAW with an endless supply of books. And that means the whole range of readers: from the 'special' reader to the emergent reader and on to the fluent reader. Immerse any child in books and the child's self esteem and literary knowledge grows visibly.
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  • Brilliant show, Candy - point nicely made.
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  • Hiram - I agree that not all libraries are perfect. Best practice should be on our want list too! Thanks for commenting!
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  • Translated Hiram's comment on Google translate: Opinio that school libraries are obsolete or are given about the coordination processes do not quite right. There are many libraries where staff wasting time, watching television, reading the newspaper and that students have access to resources to support literary reading is not a priority at all. Libraries that have a technological infrastructure is also misused or equipment are not available or for students, teachers and school community. I know librarians offering excellent educational and technological services, but they are few. Finally, according to the presentation I believe that libraries are very important, not only prisoners, but rather so that students have the opportunity to go and read what they really want to know. Hiram Baez Andino, SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
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  • Opinio que las bibliotecas escolares están obsoletas o quiénes las administran llevan procesos de coordinación no lo hacen del todo bien. Existen muchas bibliotecas donde hay personal docente que pierden el tiempo, miran televisión, leen el periódico y que los estudiantes acceden a los recursos literarios para apoyar la lectura no es del todo una prioridad. Las bibliotecas que cuentan con una infraestructura tecnológica es también mal utilizada o los equipos no están disponibles ni para estudiantes, maestros y comunidad escolar. Conozco bibliotecarios excelentes que ofrecen servicios educativos y tecnológicos, pero son unos pocos. Finalmente, según la presentación estoy convencido que las bibliotecas son muy importantes, no para los presos solamente, mas bien para que los estudiantes tengan la oportunidad de ir a leer lo que realmente quieren saber. Hiram Báez Andino, SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
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  • 1. Well, duh!
  • 2. READING IS A VERY VERY VERYGOOD THING
  • 3. That’s why wehave libraries forpeople like himin the UK.It’s the LAW. GREAT!
  • 4. But forschoolchildrenlike her …
  • 5. LIBRARIES AREOPTIONAL
  • 6. The LAW does notrequire LIBRARIESin schools.
  • 7. Well,DOUBLE duh!
  • 8. NOW MORETHAN EVERChildren need to read.
  • 9. BECAUSE DISTRACTIONSARE EVERYWHERE.
  • 10. But There’s so much to do. What’s the point of reading?
  • 11. WHY READ?
  • 12. Because in the pages of a bookyou can be ANYBODY.
  • 13. Because thewords that buildthe story willbecome YOURS, tobuild your LIFE.
  • 14. READ not forhappy endingsbut for newbeginnings. You’re justbeginningyourself, and youcould use a MAP.
  • 15. Because one of these days you’re goingto get out of this town, and goeverywhere and meet everybody andyou want to be READY.
  • 16. READ, and you’renever going to runout of material.
  • 17. EVERY journeybegins in theLIBRARY andyou’d betterstart packing.
  • 18. SUPPORT  EARLY  DAY  MOTION  647    Reading in Schools •  That one of the Governments priorities is for all children to read daily for pleasure •  That every school should have a well- stocked library •  That research shows that children who have access to a school library and who read for pleasure reach higher levels of attainment in all subjects •  That the best way to encourage children to read for pleasure is by free voluntary reading •  Calls on the Government to continue to take all necessary steps to encourage school libraries.
  • 19. WRITE YOUR MP TODAY. ASK HIM or HERTO SIGN EARLY DAY MOTION 647
  • 20. Slideshare created byCANDY GOURLAYWHY READ text based on the writing of RICHARD PECK
  • 21. With BIG thanks toBarbara Band JulietThe Mass Lobby of Annika, Esther and Otto Parliament for Anne CNSchool Libraries in Eje GustaffsonScotland and Toshimasa IshibashiEngland Leonid MamchenkovCindy Bajema Pratham BooksThe Sambat Trust   Chris P  

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