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Thursday, April 25, 2024 12:00 AM

Take Action to Support School Libraries!

In early March, State Senator Darrin Camilleri (District 4) and Senator Rosemary Bayer (District 13) introduced a package of tie-barred bills requiring a library staffed by a certified school librarian in every public school in the state. These bills replicate the house bills that were introduced in the last three legislative cycles but didn’t move any further.

Senate Bill 0741, would require a school library in every Michigan public school, and also would require the library to be accessible to students and offer resources in both electronic and print form.

Senate Bill 0742, would require a school board to employ a certified school librarian for each school library operated by its district.

Senate Bill 0743, would require a principal or comparable administrator to designate an individual to supervise students in a school library when a certified school librarian is not present.

On April 16 during Michigan Library Advocacy Day, $25 Million was recommended in the first draft of the Senate budget for these bills. The bills now move to the Senate Committee on Education for consideration. Take action for school libraries today by asking your Senators to support SB741-743. Visit MASL's website to use the online form to email your legislator. Advocates can edit the email template or send it as-is. Thank you for taking action to support libraries!


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