SCWBI Thanks Public & Teacher Librarians!
The L Factor
Librarians are the lynchpin between authors, books, ideas and enabling youth to become skilled and compassionate.
They are crucial to choose and introduce the content of a range of books at significant times for an individual child reader or non-readers.
And they need to be accessible which means, in every school and library.
As an author, I salute librarians.
— Hazel Edwards OAM Author
As a child from a non-English-speaking family, I was introduced to the wonderful world of English-language literature by librarians who were guided me as I navigated my way through the shelves of the local library. Without librarians, I'd not have journeyed into Narnia or met Mr Percival in Storm Boy or found out what It was in Five Children and It. Or it would have taken me a lot longer! Later, in high school, the library was my favourite place and not just because it was a place filled with wonderful stories, but because of the atmosphere of excitement and discovery encouraged by the librarians. Today, as a writer creating stories of my own to sit proudly on the shelves of public and school libraries, I am constantly awed and cheered by the passion today's librarians still have for encouraging new generations of kids to make exciting, fun and life-changing literary discoveries just as their precursors did for me!
Just as the kitchen is the heart of the home, the library is the heart of a school. A trained teacher librarian has the time and the knowledge necessary to nourish the souls, hearts, imaginations and intellects of children by introducing them to the wonderful world of books. Through books, children can explore and learn from the past, make the most of the present, and imagine and start building for the best possible future. Please don't tamper with the beating heart of our schools!
Without a library and a librarian to steer the ship, schools will suffer as will the educational, social and historical future of our children. Without books and those who champion them, the world would be a much poorer place.
We must support and protect our librarians in whatever way we can.
Librarians, whether in schools or public libraries, are vital to the development of our literary heritage, to maintaining literacy levels in young people and to promoting and supporting Australia's internationally renowned authors and Illustrators.
— Margaret Hamilton AM
Former Children's Librarian (ALAA),
Deputy National Chair, Children's Book Council of Australia.
Pinerolo, The Children's Book Cottage, Blackheath
Librarians build bridges.
Libraries are the heartbeat of communities and especially the heartbeat of schools. My own time as a school librarian was one of the richest experiences of my life - the joy and the singular importance of bringing children and books together. Nothing has changed - librarians are simply indispensable. To me libraries are places of refuge and delight in just browsing and learning, experiencing the world in all its tumult and wonder in a safe environment with skilled librarians to aid and abet. We should cherish such places and such people.
One of my loveliest memories of school, is my librarian sitting cross legged on a raised island as we sat in a carpeted well beneath. She read books aloud and knew just when to leave the story to have us begging for more. Librarians change lives. By inviting kids into other worlds and other shoes, they foster empathy, curiosity and an emotional intelligence that is crucial to the development of young minds.
As the child of refugees, who spoke English as a second language, the library was integral to our lives. Even though my parents worked two jobs, Saturday was the day the mobile library came and my mother made time for me to borrow four books. The librarian knew I loved the biographies of the great musicians. She always kept them for me. It was a safe haven in an emotional childhood. Thankyou to our librarians.
Librarians support literacy, learning and childhood development in so many ways. They help authors share their stories and connect us with young readers to enrich lives.
A truly great teacher-librarian in Queensland is Jenny Stubbs who volunteers so much of her time coordinating events like the Readers Cup and Ipswich StoryArts Festivals on top of her normal librarian duties.
A library without a librarian is like a chest without a key. A librarian offers access boundless treasures.
Teacher librarians are the cornerstone of literacy in schools. Their passion for books, storytelling and reading lights a fire in children, encouraging them to pick up a book, open its cover and dive into new worlds. TLs understand how vital it is to harness a love of story in the very young, and how this early encouragement extends into a lifetime of reading enjoyment, not to mention the comprehension, understanding, confidence and opportunity that comes with full literacy. As books and story define what it is to be human, TLs hand kids the ultimate gift. Enormous respect and gratitude.
The library is the heart of every school and librarians keep pumping out the love of books and reading to everyone. If it wasn't for my librarian, I wouldn't have been a reader or writer, they are essential!
— Oliver Phommavanh
Take a trip. Stop and breathe. You’re in the library now; it’s a place of comfort. Libraries hold secrets and answers. They challenge and soothe. In a library, we can wonder. In a library, we can know. Expert librarians are there to guide us. Where would you like to go? Action or romance? Science or history? Take some of both. Escape. A library has everything.
It is impossible to NOT mention Julie Swaine - Children's Librarian at Newcastle Region Library - She supports authors and illustrators in the region by engaging them in Schools Workshops, she knows every children's book that has been published and she tirelessly acts them out for families in her legendary public events. She is my ‘go-to’ person when I want advice about how a book is going because she knows exactly what appeals to kids and why. What would we do without our librarians? Thankyou
As a child I was a frequent visitor to both my school library and our local council library, borrowing piles of books every few days. The librarians at both were kind friends, guiding my reading, introducing me to new authors and genres and encouraging my love of books. We all know that a love of reading is the fundamental foundation of education and learning. Research has shown that children who read regularly for enjoyment, develop into better students across the whole range of subjects, with greater empathy, creativity and understanding of our world. Librarians are absolutely crucial to the education of our children, by nurturing and guiding their love of reading. So I’d like to say a huge thank you to all librarians, everywhere. You change kids’ lives!
Libraries are absolutely crucial for children, offering a safe space to retreat to and read to their heart's content. Librarians can help find the right book at the right time, opening up children's minds and imaginations and helping them understand their world. Our world would be a far poorer place without them.
Librarians are the crucial link between children and books and the technologies of the future. They encourage the joy of listening to stories and reading for pleasure. They promote excitement, wonder and discovery through literature and non-fiction books.
An endangered species? Please, no!
Let’s celebrate librarians.
When I was growing up in Queensland’s far north, my family couldn’t afford to buy books, only borrow. When I was 7, a librarian in the Innisfail Town Library handed me a book. ‘I reckon you’re just about the right age for this one,’ she said.
Two hours later, I still sat on the steps of the town library, reading. A cranky policeman recognised me (it was a small town).‘Your parents are worried; they thought you were lost.’
I was lost! Lost, deep in the woods of Narnia and the adventures of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. That was the day I truly began my adventures into reading. Thank you to that nameless librarian!
This is the true value of librarians and libraries … to pass on the right book for the right child at the right time. School libraries, in particular, are critical in developing children’s literacy and reading for enjoyment and life; and perhaps one day, to write more adventures to fill a child’s imagination. And the spiral goes on.