I took me 18 years and putting my nose into a school’s business to realize how unaffordable education really is. I always thought that unpriviledged children should simply go to the school’s media library or their local public library if they wanted to read and be successful in school.
Little did I realize the amount of books that are expected to be read in a school year and how many children can actually afford to purchase their own books. I mean, for every book that needs to be read, maybe 2 are available from a teacher’s personal library or from the school’s media center. Effectively, you may have over 120 students in a rotation waiting for a book at any given time. It’s just unbelievable to me that access to resources is so limited.
Since I have the means, I purchase an average of $200.00 per month on books so there is better availability per capita within the school. It is discouraging to see budgets being cut and teachers struggling to make ends meet when it comes to literacy. It is painful to see that the lower income children are on average at the bottom of the class when it comes to AR test results because they have such a hard time getting the books they need.
There is a huge need for childrens books in public libraries. I go there myself in an attempt to reduce my monthly book cost, but I find it hard to refuse purchasing books for a child that is in need of reading and who is eager to read. If you have books that are sitting on a pretty shelf just getting dusty after your children have graduated from college, make it part of your spring cleaning agenda to donate them to a local library. Make a difference in a child’s life at no cost to you. Give them a fair chance to make it to college and be educated citizens.
- E-books and the Public Library (frombirnamwood.com)