April 2019: School Library Month

SCHOOL LIBRARY MONTH

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 not only are places where information can be found, but also are 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, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of the State of Michigan, do hereby proclaim the month of April 2019 as School Library Month in all public schools in the State of Michigan, and I urge all school boards, superintendents, school administrators, teachers, students, and citizens to join me in recognizing school libraries for the outstanding services they provide.