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Strong Libraries. Strong Schools.

Students Reading Paul W. Bryant High School is committed to creating a strong school by building a strong library. It’s part of the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education members’ ambitious plan to create robust library collections. Currently, TCS libraries fall well below the standard for “exemplary” libraries based on the Alabama Department Education’s benchmarks. Of the system’s 18 libraries, none meet the designation--yet.

The Board’s “Strong Libraries; Strong Schools.” campaign seeks to change that.  State funding ranging from $0 - approximately $1.50 per student per year over the last 10 years have left most school libraries across the state with collections far below the standards for size and average age.

Paul W. Bryant High School values reading deeply and is thankful for board leadership in calling attention to this great need faced by our school library. Although the school has always placed a strong emphasis on literacy, this focus on improving the library collection will help boost reading engagement and achievement.

“We want all of our students to be excited to read.  The best part of my job is watching a child connect with a book for the first time.  We must foster those connections as they grow by providing a large variety of genres, subjects, and resources.,” said Shelley Dorrill, Librarian.

Strong Libraries; Strong Schools is a tiered giving campaign with recommended gifts ranging from $20 - $1,000.  In addition, the board is seeking 18 “Champions of Literacy” to make large, one-time donations to name each school library.  Online donations to the campaign can be made at  More information about the campaign is available by contacting any board member or the Office of Special Programs at 205.759.3722.