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Strong Libraries Strong Schools

Strong Libraries. Strong Schools.

Arcadia 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.


Arcadia 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.


Arcadia is building a culture of literacy. This year Arcadia students are enjoying a new facility and an expansion of new books and resources to enhance their educational experience. "It is very exciting to see each student's face light up when they find new high-interest books to choose from and a comfortable environment to read. This is the just the beginning of an exciting initiative to provide only the very best for all of our students." said Temple Little, 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 Arcadia's library one of the best in the state! Find out more and donate at