Looking at tomorrow night's Board Agenda there was this Action item:
K-2 Independent Reading Classroom Libraries (Student Learning) – the Student Learning Committee recommends approval of this item which would authorize expenditures of $1,388,432 for K-2 independent reading libraries in every K-2 classroom in Seattle Schools.
Okay, I know from going through many buildings that not all libraries are created equal. I've seen some really underdeveloped libraries and it puzzles me because I'm not sure why one school would have substantially more books than another. (I know some schools encourage parents to donate a new book in honor of their child's birthday but that can't supply that many more books. I also know that some librarians are more proactive in getting grants to buy books.)
I believe that every school has a library time for each class. Are kids going to read more books if they get them from in their classroom? I know some teachers have reading libraries but usually only for in-class reading.
Since every school already has a library, would it make more sense to find out which ones are underdeveloped and put the money there rather than spread it out?