This Week’s Featured Story

Theresa T.
Robbins, North Carolina
Reading scores will suffer because
students can’t use the library

Due to budget cuts, we lost 6 assistants and “special” teachers must go into the classroom to help teachers. I am a media specialist. I cannot be in the library, so children cannot check out books freely during the school day. I have no assistant and the library is locked when there is no adult to supervise the children. Our reading scores are going to suffer this year because students do not have open access to the library. I have one planning period a week and not enough time for administrative duties. I just finished a book fair and have 75 books that need to be processed and shelved, but I don’t have the time. So I will spend a weekend at school shelving books so the children can check them out. I feel inadequate as a teacher because I am not providing children with open library access—the kids want to read and I cannot be there to help them as I should.

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