Pasadena ISD Celebrates School Library Month

Pasadena ISD Celebrates School Library Month
Posted on 04/27/2015
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April is School Library Month and Pasadena ISD is joining school districts across the nation in celebrating librarians and the important role library programs play in educating students.

Each campus in the district has a certified librarian who serves several responsibilities. They organize large volumes of print material to support learning in all content areas. They guide students to research topics and support classroom instruction with supplementary reading materials. Librarians also help students access online materials. Additionally, librarians spark an interest in books with engaging reading activities. 

“School libraries are classrooms where learning takes place in a unique way every day,” Christine Van Hamersveld, Pasadena ISD director of libraries and instructional materials said. “At each campus, librarians teach, guide and empower students to think critically, create and share new knowledge with others, and grow as individuals.”

Librarians in the district have seen an increasing amount of students utilizing library resources. In 2013-14, students visited their school library a total of 1.6 million times to access research databases, check out books and use digital technology.  The number of e-books (electronic printed books) downloaded recently increased to 456,591, which is up 41 percent. Last school year, students checked out nearly 3 million books, which is up 3.57 percent since the 2012-13 school year. 

“PISD librarians guide students in their development as readers, helping them to find that ‘just right’ book and, over time, become capable readers who read for both pleasure and information,” Van Hamersveld said.

The 2015 School Library Month celebration marks the 30th anniversary of the national observance. The first ceremony began on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol on April 1, 1985, and its theme was Where Learning Never Ends: The School Library Media Center. Honoring the anniversary, the 2015 theme is Your School Library Where Learning Never Ends. More about the history of School Library Month.