School Beat — December 23, 2009

Rockford Public Schools’ libraries are places of opportunity

by CINDY KITZROW
Director of Library and Media Services

Rockford libraries are the cornerstone of our school community. We are the learning hub and integral to the teaching and learning for Rockford Public Schools (RPS) students. We provide teachers and students with a full range of print and electronic resources to support their learning. The school libraries impact our students’ achievement. As the largest classroom in the building, we are the hub of activity with services to all staff, students and parents.

Research shows that a well-developed library collection coupled with a qualified staff has a significant impact on students’ reading scores and technology skills. ALL our students can strive for and achieve success. Our quality collections are in print and online, as we support the curriculum and address a variety of learning needs.

“Destiny” is our library catalog. It is accessible to the total school community, on-site or remotely. We are a “library without walls.” Visit http://destiny.kentisd.org for further details.

Reading is a foundational skill for learning, personal growth and enjoyment. Our students develop a love for reading and literature through our library programs. All children deserve equitable access to books and information, to technology in an environment that is safe and conducive to learning. We carefully select high-interest materials and encourage lifelong readers and independent learners.

The library staff’s “AAA—Access, Anytime, Anywhere” focus helps our students explore the world around them with all types of resources. We have 177,569 books and equipment housed in the libraries. Over 105,838 books were checked out in 2009. We taught over 3,600 research classes to our students. They learn how to use our online research databases. At our RPS libraries, the students learn important lifelong skills that ensure their academic success.

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