Michigan School Library Information

School Libraries 21st Century

  • Strive for Excellence
    SL 21 CheckSL 21 Check Plus

    School Libraries for the 21st Century Measurement Benchmarks (SL 21) are a tool to help measure the quality of School Library programs within individual school buildings in Michigan. To achieve Qualified and Exemplary Status for a School Library program, submit completed measurement benchmark evaluations to the Library of Michigan, an Office of the Michigan Department of Education. School administrators are to evaluate their building's School Library program in conjunction with their School Librarian and submissions require the signature of their District Superintendent. Status earned are valid for three years. The SL 21 measures are reviewed and revised every three years by the Library of Michigan and the School Library Workgroup to ensure that the measures are relevant and appropriate for Michigan's school library programs. Please contact Karren Reish at reishk@michigan.gov or 517-241-0021 with any questions on the SL 21 program.

  • SL 21 Measurement Benchmarks for Michigan School Libraries for 21st Century Schools PDF icon
  • SL 21 Measurement Benchmarks for Michigan School Libraries for 21st Century Schools DOC icon
  • School Library Workgroup PDF icon

    The School Library Workgroup (SLG) is a group of school librarians and school library related professionals. Through up to two meetings a summer with the Library of Michigan, the group is a forum charged with maintaining the SL 21 standards and discussing current issues in Michigan school libraries. School Library Workgroup Charge.

  • K-12 School Library/Media Center Community Updates To stay informed about the SL 21 program and statewide resources, materials and events for use by K-12 students and staff, please join the School Library Community listserv. The listserv is for the Library of Michigan and the K-12 School Library Media Center community.

Model SL 21 School Library Program

  • Promoting Quality School Library Programs

    The Model 21st Century School Library (Model SL 21)  program was established to provide quality examples and mentors for K-12 school libraries throughout the state. Libraries interested in serving as models for the school library community are welcome to nominate themselves at the survey below. Each year, a school library program will be highlighted as the Model SL 21 School Library Program of the Year. The expectations for the selected school library is that the staff will be willing to meet with other school library staff during their term as the Model library to help promote and encourage quality K-12 school library programs across the state.

    Nominations are accepted in the spring, the Model Library for the coming school year is announced in May and serves as a mentor throughout the next year to library staff and schools around the state.

  • Model SL 21 School Library Program Nomination Survey - Opening in spring 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year
  • Model SL 21 School Library Programs Criteria, Schedule, Expectations and Recommendations PDF icon
  • 2016-2017 Model SL 21 School Library - Carpenter Elementary School Library

    The Library of Michigan is pleased to recognize Carpenter Elementary School Library in the Lake Orion Community School district as the inaugural Model 21st Century School Library! Jeannine Crissman is the Technology and Library Specialist with Principal Adam Weldon. Jeannine and her library were selected because of the outstanding program at the school, including the coordinated technology curriculum, the community collaboration, especially with Orion Township Public Library, and her statewide professional activities that promote improved school library programs.

    The staff at Carpenter Elementary School Library will be available for consultation and visits for the 2016-2017 school year. Those interested in learning about their programs, curriculum and outreach may contact Jeannine Crissman at jcrissman@lakeorion.k12.mi.us or Karren Reish at reishk@michigan.gov.

Writing and Reading Programs and Contests

  • Michigan Reads!

    What would happen if every parent, grandparent or caregiver read the same book to Michigan preschoolers at the same time? We're on a mission to find out! Michigan Reads! was launched in 2004 by the Library of Michigan in partnership with the Michigan Center for the Book to promote the value and benefits of reading early and often to preschoolers; to encourage family bonding through reading; and to increase awareness and usage of Michigan's libraries.

  • Letters about Literature


    The Letters about Literature 2015-2016 materials and entry coupons are here! The Michigan Center for the Book and the Library of Michigan participate in the national Letters about Literature, an annual program from the Library of Congress. This national reading-writing contest invites readers in grades 4 through 12 to write letters to authors of books that have changed their lives.

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