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Strong Libraries, Strong Schools Campaign

Strong Libraries. Strong Schools.


Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools - 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.


Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools - 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 always placed a strong emphasis on literacy, this focus on improving the library collection will help boost reading engagement and achievement.


“We built our library ‘from the ground up’ when we opened the school close to 10 years ago.  While we are proud of our diverse and ever-growing collection, we are excited to have the opportunity to build a stronger library through this incredible initiative, thanks to the planning and vision of the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education,” said Amy Davis, 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.


Our school board members have launched a new campaign to support school libraries: #StrongLibrariesStrongSchools. Join us in this work to make our library one of the best in the state! Find out more and donate at