Council Rock wins outstanding library award

Posted: February 13, 2014

COUNCIL ROCK The Council Rock School District has been awarded the 2104 Outstanding School Library District Award, 21 years after receiving it the first time.

"The whole concept of libraries have changed," said Laura Follmer, the Bucks County district's library coordinator.

For one thing, many schools straining under tight budgets have cut back on libraries and librarians. But Council Rock has full-time librarians and library aides in each of its fifteen schools.

"Our administrators and teachers clearly feel we are essential to all they do," Follmer said.

Librarians today do more than hand out books. Librarians are certified teachers who instruct students on information literacy, a skill now embedded in the state's new Common Core standards.

In awarding the prize, Eileen Kerns, president of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, said that Council Rock was "truly an example of what we hold as exemplary in Pennsylvania libraries."

PSLA award committee chair Marge Foster cited the district's rich collection of books, periodicals, and digital materials "combined with an abundance of technology and a staff of librarians who help students effectively use those resources."

Follmer said she thinks the district's strong support of libraries has been validated by the Common Core and the award.

"This is what we've been doing with our libraries for years," she said.



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