April 2021: School Library Month

WHEREAS, school library programs staffed by certified school librarians and library media specialists are integral to a quality educational program and improve 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 promote and make accessible diverse print and digital resources for all students; and,

 

WHEREAS, school librarians and library media specialists teach students the skills they need to access, evaluate, and use information throughout their lives; and,

 

WHEREAS, school librarians and 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 bring enrichment 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; and,

 

WHEREAS, during the COVID-19 pandemic, school librarians and library media specialists throughout our state have made strides to ensure students still have access to library services and digital resources through virtual platforms;  

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of the State of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2021 as School Library Month in Michigan.