Saturday, July 25, 2015

Trust Me

I attended the 2015 International Literacy Association's gathering in St. Louis last week. 
A final session found our team in the delightful company of "Bad Kitty" author Nick Bruel. 

By the way, my colleagues are
 smart, caring, and passionate.
That is a great combination, if you
care about nurturing learning 
opportunities for youngsters. 

Bruel's lighthearted luncheon banter
ended upon a serious note when he
alluded to an article by Debra Kachel, concerning  the gradual disappearance

 of school libraries across the U. S. 
That factoid has serious implications if
we're dedicated to improving literacy for

our families, schools, and community.

If you advocate for helping kids learn
how to read and write, then you'll
applaud, uphold, and use the library.

  You will support the librarian by building
a relationship, or volunteering to help

promote their many programs.  

You'll echo their mission by reading to
and with children at any opportunity.

The library provides essential services. 
Libraries are centers for the arts.
They champion youth.
Libraries are stable spots where we
gather to explore, interact, and imagine.  

Strengthening and promoting
literacy is indispensable and libraries
are an essential part of the effort.

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