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Keep a librarian

in middle school

I am writing today because I am concerned about the removal of the library program from the Wyoming Valley West middle school. Middle school library is the most important library in any school district. It teaches the students how to not only find the books they may need, but also how to use the resources that are available. Students are at the age where they are ready to use the Internet, books and encyclopedias for research.

The removal/omission of such a program is not only detrimental to the grades in that school, it is also detrimental to the grades that come after. Not only do these students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade need these resources, the impact will reach beyond the here and now and into their high school days. Schools that have a library have higher test scores.

We need to think about what is best for the students in the district. For a lot of these students, between the ages of 11 to 14, this library is the only library they have. It’s the only time and way for them to check out books and become better readers, and in turn better students.

As a taxpayer who lives and works in the Wyoming Valley West School District, I implore you to do what is best for the students, and reinstate the middle school library. Changing the name from “Library” to “Media Room” makes no difference. We still need a librarian to help the students learn the most they can.

Thank you for your time.

Steven Jowanna


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