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Dear LM_NET:

I have been following the thread about schools that are choosing to have
limited or no library. I must comment that those schools must have a much
larger budget than we do here in rural Southwest Missouri.

Some of our students have computers at home.
Students do not have laptops to bring to school.  

We have no computer lab the elementary, middle or high school. Grant money
established labs for a few years, but did not pay for the updating and
replacing of computers as they wore out.

Few teachers have laptops. The most computers in a secondary classroom is
ten. In the elementary 2-3 per classroom.

Neither library has a laptop to loan to students or faculty.
The secondary library has ten computers for student use--the elementary has
three--not enough to accommodate an entire class.

Our students are still reading books. They want and need to have print
resources to take home.

Many  teachers have reading day on Friday in their classes. Many teachers
are using AR testing.
Just my thoughts.
Kay Goss
Director, Library Media Services
Mansfield Secondary Library 
316 West Ohio Ave. Mansfield, MO. 65704
Home of Laura Ingalls Wilder
417-924-3236 Ext. 311

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