Thank you for writing such a strong article on library cuts in San Diego schools.

You covered many of the roles libraries fill specifically in schools, from supplementing classroom books to teaching research skills and website evaluation. Bringing in the status of public library hours highlighted the double whammy student library patrons will suffer if the hours are cut for public libraries also. Pointing out how these actions have an especially strong negative impact on children of poverty adds even more “oomph” to your account.

Students and school libraries in California need all the friends they can get right now, in particular friends who can reach out to other communities. For more information, you can access the California Campaign for Strong School Libraries at http://librarycampaign.csla.net if you have not already. Thank you again for reporting on the dire state of school libraries in San Diego and California.

Ellie Goldstein-Erickson is a teacher librarian at Berkeley High School Library.

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