Congratulations to the 2023-2024 SLA Mini-Grantees!
The 2024-25 SLA Mini-Grant applications for elementary and secondary schools will open in January 2024.
School libraries play a vital role in ensuring Idaho’s students learn and continually develop strong literacy skills from their earliest grades, throughout their academic careers, and beyond. Unfortunately, many Idaho schools haven’t had the resources to allow students in developmental preschool programs, kindergarten, and even first grade, the years they are learning to read, to check out books to take home. Despite findings that secondary students who continue to read for pleasure are more academically successful and score higher on the SAT, students in many secondary schools have a selection of dated materials that do not meet their recreational or academic reading needs. To help school libraries provide students access to the books they need, the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is offering mini-grants to Idaho’s publicly funded elementary and secondary schools.
The 2023-2024 school year will see teachers and librarians connecting with students to help them recover learning that may have been lost during the pandemic. With that in mind, now more than ever it is important for all students to have fingertip access to lots of engaging reading material.
Decades of research and empirical evidence shows a strong school library collection is linked with higher achievement in reading and other subjects, including math. Add the fact that for many students the school library is the only library where they can count on finding books to take home to read, and it becomes clear that a well-funded school library is essential for student success.
Questions? Contact Jeannie.