Well, maybe not a page-turner. This is a digital blog, after all. But the message here is that NYSUT and its affiliates — both local and national — are putting a special focus on books and their importance to the students with whom their members work.
First, April is School Library Month and the week of April 14 is National Library Week. Throughout April, libraries will host special events to highlight their role in providing books, reading suggestions, collections, digital resources, adult education classes, and help with homework, job searches, citizenship issues and finances. Check your library’s calendar for a schedule of events. NYSUT is proud to count librarians among its 600,000 members.
Meanwhile, the union’s Representative Assembly, which kicks off in Washington DC on April 11, will showcase “First Book,” a non-profit that provides new books to children in need. “First Book” is partnering with the American Federation of Teachers — one of NYSUT’s national affiliates — to put 5 million books in the hands of children from low-income families. The program has been piloted in 20 school districts across the nation, including Central Islip and Schenectady in New York state.
The Buffalo Teachers Federation has its own book project planned for May when the BTF, working with the Buffalo Board of Education, district administrators and NYSUT’s Western New York Regional Office, begin distributing 34,000 new “age appropriate” books to students in that city. The project begins with a press conference at the Buffalo Elementary School of Technology at 10 a.m. on May 26.