Should Be Reading hosts Monday Musings. This week’s musing asks…The local Catholic school board is closing its school libraries, and parents and teachers –and even the students– are in an uproar. Budget cuts demanded that the board choose something to get rid of… they choose libraries. As such, many librarians have lost their jobs. And, the board is moving the books to the classrooms, instead. They feel that it is a good solution.
What do you think? Should the schools be without an actual “library” room? Is this a good solution?
I personally have fond memories of my school library. I love all libraries. All those books lined up on shelves, the fact that you need to be quiet, sitting at a table quietly reading - you can't get any of that if the books are in a classroom. Yes, kids will still have access to the same books, but the atmosphere makes a difference. The setting can instill a desire to read, and I feel that's what libraries do. They create a special place designated to reading. While it's a feasible solution to put the books in the classroom, I'm afraid the cutbacks will likely cut back the number of children who desire to read.