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Our HS library, unlike the Elementary/Middle School library (of which I am also the 
librarian), is very underused.  I've been brainstorming lately to try to reverse 
this trend.  Today, a teacher with whom I have a good relationship came in to 
return and borrow a book, so I suggested we get together to find ways to increase 
the students' use of our valuable resources (including me).  Her answer?  Kids 
don't read like they used to because of social and other activities, and they 
simply go to the computer to do research.  She didn't wait long enough for me to 
describe some of the frustration I've seen students experience by trying to find 
information on Google, or to hear some of the reading requests I've received.  (In 
addition, this morning, several girls came into the E/MS library to use a print 
encyclopedia and, with a little help from yours truly, found what they needed 


At faculty meetings, I'm reluctantly given a few minutes to speak.  When I do, it 
seems like only a few are actually listening.


Any suggestions on how to draw students into the HS library?  Even my Jane Austen 
birthday celebration, which was successful last year, fell flat.


Any ideas are greatly appreciated!


“Librarians. . . have been my lifelong friends, guides and heroes.”  Joseph Bruchac
Basya Karp, Librarian

Shulamith High School and Shulamith School For Girls

Brooklyn, New York

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