Studies in 19 states have shown that a strong school library media "program helps students learn more and score higher on standardized tests than peers in schools without such programs." This is revealed in latest 2008 State of America's Libraries report. The document is prepared each year for the National Library Week, which we celebrate this week from Monday April 13 to Sunday April 19.
Americans check out more than 2 billion items each year from their public libraries,
according to the report. The average user takes out more than seven books a year, but
patrons also go to their libraries to borrow DVDs, learn new computer skills, conduct job
searches and participate in the activities of local community organizations. Average bill
to the taxpayer for this remarkable range of public services: $31 a year, about the cost of
one hardcover book.
To read the full report, click here. Librarians can obtain promotional materials like press releases, radio announcements, posters and bookmarks from ALA by going here, or if they want to learn about the new Campaign for America's Libraries and the events planned at Second Life, they need to read the latest post from Information Today's NewsBreaks blog.