libraries support literacy

For children living in poverty, school libraries provide a child’s best access to books and literature.

Students who don’t read at grade level by third grade are less likely to graduate high school. Add poverty, and the statistics worsen dramatically.

When students choose their own books, they are motivated to read. School libraries give students access to far more choices than classroom libraries.


Reading is the key to success when learning a second language. School libraries provide students and families to engaging materials in English and access to bilingual print and on-line materials. 

Access to Books

Alia Wong, staff writer, The Atlantic, July 14, 2016 

libraries help alleviate poverty and rural isolation

Stephen Krashen, New York Times, Letter to the Editor, September 20, 2018 

Stephen Krashen, is Professor Emeritus of the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California

Third Grade Reading

Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week, Inside School Research Blog, April 11, 2011

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Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post, September 8, 2014

English Language Learners

Hiten Samtani, School Library Journal, June 12, 2018

Hiten Samtani is the editorial director at and a former contributing reporter on education for the New York Times and WNYC.