Strong Libraries. Strong Schools.
Students at Skyland Elementary School have access to an aged book collection ranging of an average of eighteen years.
That’s why Skyland Elementary 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.
Skyland Elementary 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 promoted the use of MyOn, which is another way to provide reading materials digitally within our school and access to students at home, this focus on improving the library collection will help boost our printed book collection statistics, motivate students in their academic performance and promote engagement in pleasure reading.
“We are very appreciative of the consideration from sponsors, board members and our school district that are wanting to help our school update our library collection for our students. This update in our collection will not only put a smile on the faces of our students, but it will also promote fluent readers and increase a love for reading” said Ericka Dudley, Library Media Specialist.
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 www.tuscaloosacityschools.com/libraries. More information about the campaign is available by contacting any board member or the Office of Special Programs at 205.759.3722.
Our school board members have launched a new campaign to support school libraries: #StrongLibrariesStrongSchools. Join us in this work to make Skyland’s library one of the best in the state! Find out more and donate at www.tuscaloosacityschools.com/libraries