Magazine article Teacher Librarian

Introductory Remarks

Magazine article Teacher Librarian

Introductory Remarks

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Thank you Mrs. Bush. I know that all of you here today will agree how lucky we all are to have Laura Bush in the White House. Her support for education is genuine, unwavering and sustained. It grows from her personal experience as a school teacher and librarian. She inspires us to do our best for the children and families we serve. We are so grateful for all the work she has done, for libraries, for early education, for teaching, for reading, for parents and children across the country and around the world ... Mrs. Bush, thank you for your sustained dedication and your wonderful enthusiasm for learning.

I am very pleased and honored to be here this morning on behalf of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Our grants to museums and libraries build institutional capacity, foster creativity and innovation, and leverage substantial local, state, and private resources. Everything we do at IMLS is focused on supporting and extending the important educational resources and services that museums and libraries provide for the communities that they serve.

This is a landmark event, the first time in history that there has been a national conference, hosted at the White House, focusing on school libraries. Our purpose this morning is simply to make clear to the world what many educators, educational administrators, and school librarians already know: the crucial difference that a good school library can make in enhancing learning and student achievement, and the importance of adequate book collections in making a good school library. …

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