The Guardian 12 September, 2023 by Nova Weetman
The library has long been an ally to students needing an escape. A place surrounded not just by books but by adults who understand, who read, who talk in measured whispers. These librarians know their collections, can pass the right book into the right hands and discuss stories with students for hours. But more than that, these librarians demonstrate to students the importance of reading.
It is not just because of funding shortfalls that libraries are being closed (although I would guess many public schools do not have adequate dedicated library funding). It is also because we no longer properly value the importance of reading. In a push to schedule students to be better, to achieve more, we’ve forgotten that libraries are a place to stop and just be…