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WHEREAS, the first School Library Month was celebrated in 1985 by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and has been celebrated nationally in April ever since; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia Association of School Librarians, a state affiliate of the national association (AASL), works to support effective school library programs across the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, the quest for knowledge by school students in Virginia is stimulated and developed through the use of educational resources and services provided by school library programs; and
WHEREAS, school library programs allow access to a wide variety of educational materials such as books, magazines, audio and video tapes, laser discs, informative television recordings, computer software, and information databases, as well as the technology needed to use these resources; and
WHEREAS, school library programs provide learning activities to designed increase students’ motivation to read and establish the information literacy skills needed for lifelong learning; and
WHEREAS, the full potential of school library programs is dependent upon trained, professional school librarians whose varied skills assist teachers and students in effectively using this wide range of information resources; and
WHEREAS, during School Library Month, Virginians are reminded of the special significance that school library programs and librarians have in the Commonwealth’s school systems and the educational experiences of its students;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize April 2020 as SCHOOL LIBRARY MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.