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Libraries Support Read to Lead Task Force Recommendations

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on Monday, January 23, 2012 in State Legislation/Initiatives
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The following editorial, distributed to newspapers statewide, is by Rhonda Puntney, youth services and special needs consultant at the Lakeshores Library System and WLA's immediate past president.The Wisconsin Read to Lead Task Force recently released important recommendations to improve literacy in Wisconsin by ensuring that each child can read by the end of 3rd grade. I applaud the attention to children’s literacy; after all, in my career as a youth services librarian and consultant to libraries, I have been connecting children with books and getting them excited about reading for many years.  As the immediate past president of the Wisconsin Library Association, I want to remind teachers and parents alike about important role that all school and public libraries and librarians play in developing literacy skills.As a youth services consultant for a public library system in southeastern Wisconsin, part of my job responsibilities including coordinating summer library programming for our fifteen...

Message to Read to Lead Task Force: Literacy Role of Libraries is Critical

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on Friday, July 29, 2011 in State Legislation/Initiatives
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Recently, the WLA and the Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association crafted a memo to  Governor Walker's Read to Lead Task Force, in order to highlight the important role that libraries play in improving literacy. A portion of that memo appears below, or you can read the entire memo:As statewide associations of librarians, we are excited to see the Governor convene the Read to Lead Task Force. We thank him and all of you for your efforts thus far.  As we are sure you know, school and public librarians provide effective literacy programs to children on a daily basis. We believe it would be valuable for the task force to consider the perspective of librarians as you conduct your work. This document illustrates ways Wisconsin children benefit from interactions with these professionals through early literacy programming, summer reading programming and curriculum-related programming. Please let us know if our associations can be...