A word from the President...
Many of you will have heard that SLANZA is running a national campaign to support school library survival. We want to do this really well and so we are making sure before we launch we have all the scaffolding in place we need and the resources ready for you.
We have a web site we are building and that will be propagated with a stack of stuff for you to use.
School Libraries Transform...
We need your help...
Can you please:
Get quotes from your staff and students as to how the school library has helped them- we need short one sentence bits that can be written on posters.
Here are some examples:
"The library enabled me to become a leader"
"Our library hooked me into reading fantasy books"
"The library was my safe place"
" I got an excellence because of the research the librarian helped me with"
"Our library has all the Cherub series"
" Our librarian gives me so much help with research for the units I teach"
"The library is the only place I feel safe"
" The library is my safe community, a family"
If the students AND/OR staff member are happy for a photo as well, the web site will have predesigned frames for you to put these quotes into so we can make a mass media board for New Zealand wide support about how school libraries make a difference.
If you can start collecting those now- that would be excellent.
If you know any authors personally who would be happy to be a campaign ambassador, we would love to get in touch with them.
Contact you local political candidates and question them over their party policies about school Libraries.
Keep sending us your stories, we are making these as broad as possible when we use them publicly so as to not specifically identify you. The more grassroots information we have the better.
My local MP is coming in to read these!
if you haven't already- please become a SLANZA member, we need your membership more than ever.