"Librarians are an invaluable, integral part of our school. They offer all students access to a wealth of information. Teachers use librarians on a regular basis as a resource for projects, collaboration, technology questions, and book recommendations. Most importantly, students are encouraged to become lifelong learners and readers by our librarians, enabling them to move forward with intellectual freedom."
Tanya Stockwell, ELA Teacher, Miller County R3 Schools, Tuscumbia
"Librarians help me find good books like Because of Winn-Dixie that get me into reading."
Amelia Favazza, 4th grade student, Mark Twain Elementary School, Brentwood School District
“If a school allows students access to the Internet, they must provide with them a qualified librarian to teach them how to find, analyze, and use information. To do otherwise is to put a student in a pilot's seat with no flight instructor, and ask her to fly away.”
Jenna Feldstein Dickey, Lee’s Summit West High School
“If it were not for our school librarians, my confidence as a teacher of research and inquiry would be diminished. Each time I collaborate with these professionals on a project, I return to my classroom with solid ideas about how to help my students become self-sufficient researchers.”
Katy Wilson, Lee’s Summit West High School
“My school librarian is a vital part of teaching our curriculum. We collaborate on lesson plans, especially to integrate literature and primary sources into the social studies framework. My students, from freshmen to AP seniors, know and interact with our librarian regularly. For me, I think it is important for students to know that teachers and librarians collaborate not only to model that behavior, but so they know there is a team of professionals working for them.”
Jason Miller, Social Studies Teacher, Rockwood Summit High School, Rockwood School District
“My school librarians are indispensable to my work as a teacher. Their expertise on myriad topics and eagerness to craft and teach engaging, meaningful lessons for my students is possibly the strongest resource I have, which is why I usually go to them when planning anything new, regardless as to whether or not it is anything "library" specific. Our librarians have seemingly endless patience and knowledge of their collection, which means my students are never without books they are excited to read, even the most reluctant readers. People say kids do not read anymore; those people have not been to my school.”
Dan Wright, Language Arts Teacher, Rockwood Summit High School, Rockwood School District
“Our librarians at Summit are critical in promoting literacy across the school in all subject areas. They help to match kids with high-interest books, and they design learning activities and lessons to help teachers and students navigate the vast world of information.”
Jon Frank, Language Arts Teacher, Rockwood Summit High School, Rockwood School District
“There is a countless list of ways my school librarians have helped me (and other teachers) and our students. Our librarians do book talks with classes to help them decide which independent novels to read, and for the teachers, the librarians help create lessons to coincide with those novels, such as scavenger hunts, rapid research, Speed Reading session, and countless other activities. If a student asks for a book that is not available in the Library, our Librarians either request it from another library or purchase it for their own library; they keep up with current teen novels as much as they can. Our Librarians encourage authors to visit our school and make it a school wide event, bringing excitement to new author, novels, and reading in general. I just recently had the opportunity to bring the first St. Louis Poet Laureate to our school, and our Librarians made that happen by providing funding, lecture locations, and lunch for Dr. Castro. You should see our Library in the morning; it is packed to the brim with bustling kids researching, reading, studying, typing papers, and grouping together for tutoring/study sessions. Our kids know that if they need anything for school purposes, our Librarians will make it happen. It is a beautiful display of learning. Whoever thought that in a high school, the Library would be the happening place to be?”
Shelly Justin, Language Arts Teacher, Marquette High School, Rockwood School District
"Librarians are like precious gems; breathtaking treasures awaiting eager explorer who are willing to peruse the depths of their vast knowledge."
Mara Wilkerson, Special Services Director, Miller County R3 Schools, Tuscumbia
"I see the value of a librarian as having someone to help you find books you are interested in and to help broaden your horizons."
Mallari, Sophomore, Miller County R3 Schools, Tuscumbia
"What would a library be without a librarian? A library without a librarian would be like a school with no teachers. There wouldn’t be anyone to guide you or help you when you need it most."
Ciara, 7th grader, Miller County R3 Schools, Tuscumbia
"I think the value of a librarian is to give you recommendations about a book if you’re having trouble finding one, and to encourage students to read more."
Kenzie, Freshman, Miller County R3 Schools, Tuscumbia
"Librarians can recommend books for you and can show you how to find books in the library. Also, they can show you how to research information the correct way."
Madison, Freshman, Miller County R3 Schools, Tuscumbia
"In a K-12 district, the librarian is part literacy expert, part technology guru, part lifelong learner, part sage and part magician! They are the unsung hero for finding ways to connect kids to historical heroes or fantastical realms; allowing young minds to flex and grow in ways never imagined. The library is at the heart of any school and as such, it often finds a way to embed itself into the heart and minds of students for many years to follow. The key to unlocking this connection can be found in the hands of a librarian."
Randy Gum, Principal, Miller County R3 Schools, Tuscumbia
"Where ever I go, my librarian is my best friend."
Hollis Taylor, Art Teacher, Miller County R3 Schools, Tuscumbia
"The value of a librarian may never be known; is it possible to put a value on the one who introduces a child to the joys of reading?"
Amber Robinson, ELA Teacher, Miller County R3 Schools, Tuscumbia
"A school librarian is the heart and soul of the learning that takes place each and every day. Without their support and knowledge, many of the resources available to the faculty and students may be overlooked and underused."
Jason Price, Superintendent, Miller County R3 Schools, Tuscumbia
"My school librarian helps me succeed in meeting the diverse needs of every student in my class within every subject area. My librarian is always there to help me gather learning materials to put in the hands of my students. She makes sure our library has quality books, eBooks, and audio-books for my students. She is also a great resource for acquiring more technology in the classroom through the process of checking out e-Readers and iPads. I know I can count on my librarian to constantly support my students and my curriculum needs as a classroom teacher."
Meghan Collins, 3rd grade teacher, Green Tree Elementary School, Wentzville School District
"Literacy is our leverage in Riverview Gardens. Our libraries are the literacy hubs of our schools. Without our libraries and librarians, our scholars could not have made the progress they have in recent years."
Dr. Scott Spurgeon, Superintendent, Riverview Gardens School District
"Our school librarian provides many opportunities for students that allow them to conduct research on important topics within our curriculum. She works to foster a love of reading and supports the implementation of Accelerated Reader which allows students to read books on their level to increase their reading performance"
Tangie Oglesby, Principal, Combs Elementary School, Ferguson-Florissant School District
"A library is an empty space without the presence of a librarian. A librarian opens the doors to creativity, exploration, and knowledge to all."
Cory Hoots, Physical Education Teacher, Marquette High School, Rockwood School District.