Sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians, we celebrate our library media programs in April. Here in Fitzgerald Public Schools, we are fortunate to have library media specialists in every building, elementary, middle and high school. Pat Pulis, my esteemed predecessor, wrote the article which follows the wonderful picture of the five of us:
We are very fortunate in the Fitzgerald Public School District to have a full-time librarian in each of our schools. Libraries are at the heart of the learning experience for almost 44 million elementary, middle and high school students in schools with library media centers nationwide.1
Each April marks the celebration of school libraries. Now in its 25th year, the focus is on the importance of the contributions made by school library programs and staff to the overall education and achievement of students.
At the elementary level, our media specialists promote reading by taking part in activities such as March is Reading Month, sponsor book fair(s) each year, teach keyboarding skills to students and much more.
At the middle and high school levels, the media specialists also provide activities to encourage reading for enjoyment. In addition, they manage the school-wide reading test program and help students with projects and homework.
All of our media specialists are involved with collaborating with teachers to instruct students in research skills and the in use of all of the valuable resources that the media centers have to offer. Also, our media specialists have worked with parents who have provided additional support to our programs.
Whether it is the Bag-a-Book program, sponsoring a visiting author/illustrator, Accelerated Reader, assistance with Google Docs and cloud computing, or recommending the latest “must-read” books, our trained and certified media specialists provide a wealth of educational experiences for Fitzgerald students!
1 U.S. Department of Education, Center for Education Statistics, The Status of Public and Private School Library Media Centers in the United States: 1999-2000, March 2004.