New $5M Vanden library sparkles on TUSD’s first day – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Freshly scrubbed children were trudging with bulging backpacks to Foxboro Elementary, seventh-graders in skinny jeans or Raider Nation T-shirts learned the layout of Golden West Middle School, and Vanden High students, new or returning, were also excited to be back on campus after summer break, meeting their new teachers.

But for some Vanden students, the first day of the 2015-16 academic year in Travis Unified was marked Wednesday by another first, something they will remember perhaps for years to come: walking into a new $5 million, 10,000-square-foot library, sure to be a popular place to gather, talk, and work before, during and after classes.

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Vanden High celebrates new library – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

After a long period of figuring out services to cut due to budget constraints, the Travis School District did something different Wednesday afternoon: The district opened something.

More specifically, district officials gathered at the Vanden High School campus for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the $5 million, state-of-the-art library, just in time for the start of school next week.

“It’s been 10 years in the making,” said Superintendent Kate Wren Gavlak. “Everyone that’s worked on this knows it’s been a project of love.”

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District, staff rue lack of librarians in schools – Daily Republic

By Susan Winlow

Superintendent Kris Corey said Thursday night that there is a huge need in the Fairfield-Suisun School District’s libraries.

Her comment came on the heels of a presentation on the state of the district’s libraries by Amanda Carter, coordinator of instructional media center and libraries, during the regularly scheduled board meeting.

Accompanied by a handful of teacher librarians, they touched on several topics brought to light in an annual assessment and report, particularly the dearth of elementary school librarians who were eliminated during the economic downturn, leaving about 11,000 young students with no librarians.

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Schools library assessment shows areas of concern – Daily Republic

By Susan Winlow

Board members will hear an annual assessment and report regarding the condition and use of school libraries when the Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board meets at 6 p.m. in open session on Thursday.

Staff reports state that the evaluations occur in the following areas: accessing and staffing, total number of books in the collection, number of books per student, amount of funding, and special programs that encourage reading and library use.

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E-rate Program Modernized – Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education)

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson applauded a ruling by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today that marks a major step toward preparing students for the global economy by expanding Internet access for schools and libraries.

The FCC voted today to modernize the E-rate program and boost support for wireless connectivity for schools and libraries. This action is designed to expand wireless access, make E-rate dollars go further, and deliver faster, simpler, and more efficient applications and other processes. Known formally as the federal Schools and Libraries Program, E-rate established a surcharge on long-distance telephone bills in 1997 that provides discounts to assist schools and libraries in obtaining affordable telecommunications and Internet access.

“Our schools, society, and economy thrive on interconnectivity,” Torlakson said. “Today’s action will not only help narrow the digital divide among students, but also help us reach and teach every child so they will be prepared for the world that awaits them.”

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Guest: Students and tutors thrive in librarys homework help program – The Reporter

By Kevin Tolly

If we lived in a perfect world, one of the things we would find there would be a place each week in the library where the library offers young students free help with their homework.

In this perfect world, librarians would go out to the high schools and recruit the best student to come back and help younger kids who are struggling with math and English and science. Imagine the benefit. Imagine how motivated the elementary aged kid would be when week after week, a high school student takes time out of their day and talks to them about school.

Parents wouldn’t have to argue with their kids about homework, students grades would improve, mentoring relationships would form between the high school and elementary school kids.

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What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like? | MindShift

By Luba Vangelova

At a time when public libraries are starting to offer everything from community gardening plots to opportunities to check out humans for conversations, some school libraries are similarly re-evaluating their roles and expanding their offerings.

Case in point: Monticello High School in Charlottesville, Virginia. When librarian Joan Ackroyd arrived there four years ago, she found an environment very different from the “engaging, creative, fun” elementary and middle school libraries to which she was accustomed. “Its library was none of those things,” she recalls. “It was a traditional, quiet research space.”

Ackroyd decided this wasn’t optimal. “People no longer have to come to a library to get information,” she says, “so the library has to get people coming in for different reasons. Students need somewhere to socialize, create things and collaborate.”

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Vallejo students aim to write first chapter in school library – Vallejo Times Herald

By Lanz Christian Bañes

Mare Island Technology Academy, Vallejos oldest charter school, doesnt have a library.But thats about to change, according to three freshmen at the school.

“Our goal is to get everyone to start reading more,” Beatrice Lopez, 14, said.

Beatrice, along with William Baumgardner, 14, and Regina Grajo, 17, formed a group in teacher Tyler Grinbergs leadership class. He charged them to think of a project that would better the community.

The three settled on creating a Little Tiny Library, based on the Little Free Library concept.

“You take a book, but you leave another book,” William said.

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