Why Do We Celebrate School Library Month?

April brings School Library Month, National School Librarian Day, Library Workers Day, and National Library Week. What is the point? What have libraries and librarians ever done for us?

Consider the legacy of libraries. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World was the Great Library at Alexandria. Libraries all over the world have preserved works of other cultures when those cultures would have seen those works destroyed. Libraries are national treasures, or at least treasure troves; think of the Library of Congress or the Bodleian (Oxford). Many books have included library settings, and librarians are something akin to rock stars for many authors.

Why? What’s so great about libraries and librarians?  

Librarians are teachers.  

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