WHEREAS, effective school library programs staffed by certified school librarians/ library media specialists are integral to a quality educational program and have a high impact on increasing student achievement; and,
WHEREAS, effective school library programs contribute to a well-rounded education and positively affect the climate and culture of schools; and,
WHEREAS, effective school library programs equalize access to print and digital resources for all students; and,
WHEREAS, school librarians/ library media specialists teach students the skills they need to access, evaluate and use information throughout their lives; and,
WHEREAS, school librarians/ library media specialists are leaders in technology integration and digital learning in their schools; and,
WHEREAS, school libraries are not only places where information can be found, they are also places that can bring pleasure and recreation to students for many years to come; and,
WHEREAS, effective school library programs contribute to an interest in lifelong learning and enhance the learner’s quality of life;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2017 as School Library Month in Michigan.