More 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 To read more entries, click here.

I appreciate the reviews and other content in Booklist so much!  My school library has a decent budget—but only for books and other materials for students. When I attend conferences, join local and national professional organizations, read professional publications, and take workshops to improve my own practice, that’s all on my own dime. It’s money well spent. . . but my personal resources are limited.  Thanks so much for the possibility of receiving a free Booklist subscription. That would be a dream come true!—High School Librarian, Portales, NM


I work for a school where 92% of my students get free or reduced lunch, so any extra money I receive I spend on books for the library. There is not extra money to spend on professional journals for me. —Elementary School Librarian, Desoto, TX


My school is one of five in our entire district, with only one other middle school (K–8) in the group. There is little to no communication among the schools or professional development with other districts for librarians. Because we’re such a small district, no money is allotted for professional development or aids such as Booklist to assist the librarians. —Middle-School Librarian, Germantown, TN



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

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