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School Libraries Matter

In the School Library, students can focus on their own personal and academic interests when selecting reading material. In this EdWeek opinion, Stephen Krashen, a world-renowned reading researcher, argues that Covid learning loss won't be solved by more phonics instruction.  His research shows that the best indicator of improved reading is through increased access to high-interest books.

The benefits associated with good library programs are strongest for the most vulnerable and at-risk learners, including students of color, low-income students, and students with disabilities.  

Better test scores have been associated with:

  • How many times a week students visit their libraries,
  • How flexibly their access to libraries is scheduled, and
  • How much they borrow library materials for use elsewhere.

Find out what years of research tell us about why libraries matter from Keith Curry Lance and Debra E. Kachel at Phi Delta Kappan and then visit I Love Libraries to understand how they help to ensure student success rates!

For more information about the M.C. Riley Elementary School & ECC Library, email Ms. Keyes, Librarian at or Ms. Harris, Media Assistant at