Episode 124: Advocating for School Libraries

October 10, 2023

In episode 124 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Advocating for School Libraries

What does advocating for school libraries look like? Megan and Allison look at why school libraries are important and how parents and educators can advocate for quality libraries at their schools. Plus, new spooky books for Halloween and meet the new Your Kid’s Next Read website.

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘A Life Song’ by Jane Godwin and Anna Walker  

 ‘Giinagay Gaagal, Hello Ocean’ by Melissa Greenwood. See more here.

‘Ruby Red Shoes Goes to Paris’ by Kate Knapp. Full review here.

‘The Lost Library’ by Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass

‘This Book is a Time Machine’ by Tracey Dembo and Lucinda Gifford

Advocating for School Libraries

‘School Libraries are an Ally to Students Needing an Escape’ by Nova Weetman

The benefits of school libraries go beyond just improving reading and literacy skills. They also serve as integral pillars supporting the cognitive and social development of learners. Librarians, as trained professionals, can guide and support students in this process, helping them to navigate the vast array of resources available and develop critical thinking and research skills…libraries serve as safe and welcoming spaces for students and families, offering a variety of programs and events that promote lifelong learning and literacy. They can also foster a sense of civic engagement, encouraging students to become active participants in their communities and to contribute positively to society. John Chrastka

Save Our School Libraries
Students Need School Libraries
 Alan Dingley – NZA reading ambassador
Building communities of engaged readers in Australian schools by Dr Mel Green
HARK! Hands up who really loves their classroom reading program? TRI this: three approaches to reading instruction by Dr Mel Green
Revisiting Collaboration Within and Beyond the School Library: New Ways of Measuring Effectiveness by Dr Margaret Merga
Libraries as Wellbeing Supportive Spaces in Contemporary Schools by Dr Margaret Merga

Quick tips

Spooky Not Scary Reads for Halloween by Allison Tait

If you are Brisbane based, come and join Megan for a Nature/Bee based storytime and craft: Friday 3rd November at 10am – free but must register here.

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