Education Reform Won’t Spare Washington’s School Librarians

May 27, 2009

Basic education reform came to the state of Washington May 19 with the signing by Gov. Christine Gregoire of a bill (PDF file) that adds a credentialed, but not necessarily funded, teacher-librarian in every K–12 school to the definition of what constitutes a basic education. The bill calls for the phase-in by FY2018 of formula-based … Continue reading Education Reform Won’t Spare Washington’s School Librarians


ALA Seeks Exemption for Children’s Books from Anti-Lead Law

January 15, 2009

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s interpretation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which lowers the permissible level of lead in children’s products and imposes certification requirements, may require libraries to limit access to their children’s collections or have them tested for lead content. The new law becomes effective February 10. In a notice … Continue reading ALA Seeks Exemption for Children’s Books from Anti-Lead Law


Grassroots Group Grows School Library Support in Washington State

February 11, 2008

More than 100 people gathered in the rain at the state capitol steps in Olympia, Washington, February 1 to rally for school libraries (above), despite cold winds and a storm in the eastern half of the state that prevented many from attending, and which later caused Governor Christine Gregoire to declare a state of emergency … Continue reading Grassroots Group Grows School Library Support in Washington State


Grassroots Group Grows Mini-SKILLs Bill in Washington State

January 28, 2008

Characterizing school library media specialists as “an endangered species,” Washington State Sen. Tracey J. Eide (D-Federal Way) introduced a bill January 22 that codifies through a per-pupil formula how many credentialed school library media specialists should be employed by each district and offers some $55 million to fund the initiative. Its aim of guaranteeing the … Continue reading Grassroots Group Grows Mini-SKILLs Bill in Washington State


Indiana Library Recalls Tainted Summer-Reading Toys

August 31, 2007

Greenwood (Ind.) Public Library has recalled 150 bendable toy dinosaurs it used as an incentive prize in its 2007 Summer Reading program. An August 27 announcement (PDF file) on the library’s web site said that the lead content of the dinosaur was nearly double the acceptable level. The dinosaur was given to children from preschool through … Continue reading Indiana Library Recalls Tainted Summer-Reading Toys


Spokane Schools Halve K – 8 Librarians’ Hours

August 10, 2007

Despite two months of protest and negotiations from parents and teacher-librarians, the board of the Spokane (Wash.) Public Schools unanimously approved August 8 the reduction to part-time status of librarians serving 10 elementary schools as part of the district’s 2007–08 budget. Culminating several years of cutting other elementary-school librarians’ hours, the action leaves the second-largest … Continue reading Spokane Schools Halve K – 8 Librarians’ Hours


SKILLs Act Gives High Marks to School Librarians

June 29, 2007

As some 50 librarians attending the American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., looked on, a bipartisan group of senators and representatives announced June 26 the introduction of the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries Act, which mandates every public school district in the nation “to the extent feasible [to have] not less … Continue reading SKILLs Act Gives High Marks to School Librarians


Indiana Librarian Triggers Toxic-Toy Alert

August 11, 2006

A serendipitous conversation during a summer-reading promotion between an Indiana children’s librarian and a staff member of Bloomington Hospital has triggered the recall of thousands of toys containing hazardous lead levels that libraries nationwide were giving out to children as program incentives. As the word has spread through state health-department alerts, discussion lists, and vendor … Continue reading Indiana Librarian Triggers Toxic-Toy Alert