On July 8, the U.S. Senate voted 98-0 in favor of an amendment that will make school library programs part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This is important because many schools have been trimming their budgets by eliminating their school librarians.
Before the vote book place, both Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) spoke about the importance of school libraries while verbally lending their support to this amendment.
We are not yet at the end of the road, however. But we are definitely moving in the right direction!
To find out more about this and other ways to help support libraries, visit the Association for Library Service to Children’s Everyday Advocacy Website.