[Libs-Or] ALA Washington Office submits testimony to House Education Committee on libraries’ role in improving literacy

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Fri Nov 20 11:08:37 PST 2009

 ALA Washington Office submits testimony to House Education Committee on
libraries’ role in improving
November 19, 2009 ( 1

Contact: Jenni Terry <jterry at alawash.org>
Press Officer, ALA Washington Office

For Immediate Release

*Washington, D.C. *– Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American
Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office, today filed
the official record of the House Committee on Education and Labor’s
Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education’s
hearing, “Improving Literacy Skills of Children and Young Adults.”

The comments highlighted the contributions of librarians and library
programs in both public and school libraries in improving the literacy
skills of children and young adults.

“Public librarians have embraced their responsibility to be the first
literacy coach for parents and caregivers of all children, especially
children in low-income families,” Sheketoff states in her comments. “Some
services provided to these families include bookmobile and storytelling
mobiles, story-time kits and early literacy classes for child-care
providers, Head Start staff and parents.”

Sheketoff’s testimony underscored the impact of school libraries in both
traditional and technology literacy through the role of school librarians
who are the central teachers who know the school’s curriculum and effective
techniques necessary to cross disciplines.

The ALA supports both the House and Senate versions of the Literacy
Education for All, Results for the Nation (LEARN) Act, which contain various
provisions to support libraries in the development and implementation of
early learning through grade 12 literacy programs.


Diedre Conkling
Lincoln County Library District
P.O. Box 2027
Newport, OR  97365
Work phone & fax:  541-265-3066
Work email:  diedre at beachbooks.org
Home email:  diedre08 at gmail.com
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