Philadelphia students navigate school without access to school libraries
The number of school librarians in the district declined over the past decade, from about 57 in the 2012-2013 school year to just one in 2023-2024.
U.S. House Republicans target ‘explicit’ books in school libraries
Democrats criticized the hearing as leaning into culture war topics to attack public education, and said that those tactics resulted in book bans. Republicans argued that books were not being banned because those that are removed at public schools can be bought elsewhere.
Universities, nonprofits step up to aid depleted Philadelphia public school libraries
This article was updated at 4:54 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023 to correct a statement about the reopening of school libraries. PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia is known for its prominent universities like the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel, Temple, St. Joseph’s, and others. Their presence boasts a rich educational and medical landscape. While the abundance of such […]
As book bans gain favor, some fear libraries could be at risk
From July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, 138 school districts in 32 states banned books, according to PEN America.
Pa. requires libraries in prisons. But not in schools. Why? | Opinion
By Debra E. Kachel All students are assessed on the same scale for standardized tests. If this were truly fair, shouldn’t they also have access to the same educational resources with which to learn? An education can only be so effective without quality instruction, teachers, specialists, librarians, and access to information, reading materials, and technology. […]