School Libraries in Need Speak Out

In November, Booklist and the American Association of School Librarians launched a program, sponsored by Schoolastic, to give 500 school libraries in need year-long subscriptions to BooklistBook Links, and Booklist Online.

To enter, we’ve asked school librarians to submit short essays explaining the collection development constraints they face and why a Booklist subscription would help them serve their students. Entries are rolling in, so we thought we’d share some from school librarians across the country.

We’ll announce the winners shortly after ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in February 2018, and subscriptions will start in April 2018 to support librarians through the 2018–19 school year. To read more about this exciting promotion, and to enter, visit


We have subscribed to Booklist for years, but our subscription budget has been slashed by a fourth and we had to let it go. (And we do miss it!) —High School Librarian, Houston, TX


We are a small school in a rural coal-mining community in the Appalachian Mountains. 90% of our students are on free or reduced lunch. I am provided with $500 from the school system to purchase supplies / materials for both the library and the classroom at our school. I am not encouraged to purchase professional materials. I would love to be able to read Booklist again.—Elementary School Librarian, Briceville, TN


Our library has a very small budget which Booklist would help stretch by identifying the best books and materials for purchase. —Librarian, Jacksonville, FL



About the Author:

Eugenia Williamson is the former Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist.

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