Libraries are the heart of the school, and the response from educators
and parents alike to the first Great Library Pledge showed that there is
much more needed to save them. That’s why I’m back with a new
$1.75 million pledge to save school libraries across the country.
—James Patterson, Bestselling Author
It is truly inspiring to find a partner as focused and committed to reading
and literacy as James Patterson. Scholastic Reading Club is thrilled
to support his work to transform school libraries so that all children will
have safe spaces surrounded by books.
—Judy Newman, President of Scholastic Reading Club
School libraries benefit our students, families, and communities, providing safe spaces for kids to
explore and discover, improving literacy, and preparing the next generation of leaders.
School libraries are much more than rooms for books. Libraries provide space for intellectual curiosity, encourage reading and exploration with curriculum connections, and make a meaningful difference in student literacy. Share this information with educators, parents, and community members to let them know: school libraries matter!
Volunteers—parents, community members, and students—can have a tremendous impact. Learn more about different ways volunteers can support your library and how to develop an effective volunteer program.
From grants to book fairs to fund-raisers, there are many ways to bring in money for your school library. Check this list for ideas, or let us know about your own!
In this time of budget uncertainty, partnering with organizations in your community can bring new energy and resources to your school library. Use this tip sheet for ideas to engage outside organizations. Your community may be eager to help, just waiting for the invitation!
See what other schools and communities are doing to strengthen school libraries and find new ideas
for your school. Together we can save school libraries!
My daughter is in third grade at Muskegon Heights Elementary. The school library is staffed by wonderful volunteers who catalog the books, decorate the rooms, and read with the kids. Our area has been going through hard times, and before this we didn’t have a librarian at all. This has been a wonderful change for the school.
—Marisol E., Muskegon, MI
I use a program called the Birthday Book Program. Parents can buy a book from the library wish list in honor of their child’s birthday, then paste a bookplate in the book to identify the donor. It’s fun for the child and a great help to the library.
—James R., Hartford, CT
The PTA in our school hosts a book fair each spring. The book fair gets parents and kids together to focus on books and raises a lot of money for our school. Plus the kids take home books that they want to read!
—Caitlin S., Austin, TX
I host author visits in the school library. Many authors will do a Skype visit with the students for free. This is a great way to get kids excited about books and reading. The authors answer the students’ questions, and it’s a really exciting event.
—Shoshanna M., Charlotte, SC