In The News

Media Coverage

The New York Times ‘In Web Age, Library Job Gets Update’
Federal Way Mirror ‘Parents oppose library/cafeteria combo at new Lakota Middle School’
Portland Monthly ‘You may have noticed something missing. Namely, the librarian.’
Cheney Free Press ‘ML school libraries managing with less funding and librarians’
Spokesman Review ‘Spokane Moms campaign is grass-roots success story’ pdf
Skagit Valley Herald ‘MV schools must decide how to apportion the pain’ pdf
Skagit Valley Herald ‘Budget cuts could hit MV libraries’
Nisqually Valley News ‘Bill aims to get state funds’
Federal Way Mirror ‘School libraries await financial rescue’
American Libraries ‘Grassroots Group Grows Mini-SKILLs Bill in Washington State’
Spokesman Review ‘Plea for school librarians’ pdf
The Olympian ‘Bill may protect school libraries’
The Seattle Times ‘The category of fun slowly being pulled from library shelves’
The LA Times ‘In parents’ book, librarian cuts go too far’ pdf
The New York Times ‘Why We Read’ pdf
Seattle P-I ‘Small school libraries aim to make reading fun and easy’ pdf
The Spokesman Review on the launch of our petition pdf
The Spokesman Review ‘Moms Can Write Own Next Chapter’ pdf
The Seattle Times ‘Key to literacy, librarians now highly endangered’

Journals, Op-Ed

School Library Journal ‘Washington Makes School Library History’
Federal Way Mirror ‘Federal Way’s ‘librateria’ is shortsighted’
School Library Journal ‘Three Spokane Moms Save Their School Librariespdf
School Library Journal ‘WA Considers Permanent Funding for School Libraries’
Skagit Valley Herald: Letter to the editor pdf
School Library Journal ‘Editorial: To Spokane with Love and Gratitude’
School Library Journal ‘WA’s Pro-Library Moms Score Partial Victory’
American Library Association ‘Spokane Moms to be honored with Crystal Apple Award at ALA National Conference’
American Library Association ‘Spokane Moms Win State Funding for School Libraries’
Education Week ‘Campaigns Spreading to Reverse Downturn in Library Financing’ pdf
American Library Association ‘AASL and Parents: A Partnership for Power’ pdf
American Library Association ‘ALA Leaders Praise Washington State Support for School Libraries’
Spokesman Review ‘Bring back librarians’ pdf
The Olympian: Letter to the editor ‘Libraries are key to quality education’
The News Tribune ‘Legislators should support funding for school libraries’
Spokesman Review ‘Librarians critical resource’ pdf
School Library Journal ‘Washington State Prepares for School Library Summit’
School Library Journal ‘Washington Moms Fight for School Libraries’
The Boston Globe – a reader responds to Stuart Glascock’s LAT article: ‘Librarians essential to good schools’
Spokesman Review ‘Verner backs school libraries’ pdf
The Seattle Times ‘The readers’ due’
The Seattle Times ‘Minneapolis ousts Seattle as most literate city’
Spokesman Review ‘Only You Can Prevent School Library Losses’ pdf
SusanOhanian.org Outrage of the Day
Spokesman Review: Letter to the editor pdf
School Library Journal ‘Spokane’s Elementary Schools Face New Wave of Librarian Cutbacks’ pdf

From the Seattle Times article:

Rep. Skip Priest, R-Federal Way, said the librarian cuts are symbolic of the state education-funding crisis. The Federal Way School District cut 20 library positions in 2006 in the face of a $4 million budget shortfall.
“When we were forced to eliminate librarians, it sent a clear message that the state wasn’t funding basic education,” said Priest, who serves on the Joint Task Force on Basic Education Finance created by the 2007 Legislature.
Lisa Layera Brunkan submits the first 350 signatures to Rep. Skip Priest, Rep. from Federal Way,
Member of Joint Task Force on Basic Education Finance. 11-20-2007.
By the next day the number of signatures had risen to nearly 700.

Lisa Layera Brunkan and Susan McBurney, co-founders Fund Our Future Washington turn in over
10,000+ signatures to the Chair of the Joint Task Force on Basic Education Finance, Dan Grimm.

Other Happenings

The SKILLs Act: On Tuesday June 26, 2007, Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Representatives Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) introduced the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries (SKILLs) Act that guarantees students across America will be served by state-certified school library media specialists and will have the library resources they need to succeed.

Standards for the 21st Century Learner from AASL, The American Association of School Librarians (2007)

No More “Story Lady” (2003) Librarian Marianne Hunter, of Lacey, WA, is a long way from the old-time librarian shushing kids in the stacks.

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