Last weekend I had the honor of attending the School Library Journal Summit in Austin, Texas. The Summit is always my favorite event of the year. I have to say that this years Summit was the best for so many reasons...more to come on that.
One of the my most special parts was being inspired by my dear friend Barbara Stripling, American Library Association President.
Barbara spoke about many things close to her heart including the Presidential Initiative Libraries Change Lives. She is lifting up the importance of school libraries in the Declaration for the Right to Libraries, as the cornerstone document of her presidential initiative.
Barbara encouraged all of us to plan a event celebrating the signing of the Declaration. With these events, we can lift up school libraries and support teacher librarians, teachers, our community, and most of all, our children, by signing the Declaration for the Right to Libraries.
I wrote more about her initiative at the post, "It's Time For Our Voices To Be Heard..... Let's Declare Our Rights To Libraries".
Rebecca Miller, Editor-in-Chief of Library Journal and School Library Journal, was the first to sign the Declaration at the Summit.
Joyce Valenza signing the Declaration.
Thank you everyone at the School Library Journal for signing.
As one of Barbara's beautiful slides said.....