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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

School Library Month

WHEREAS, the quest for knowledge by school students in Virginia is stimulated and developed using educational resources and services provided by school libraries; and

WHEREAS, school libraries play a critical role in tackling unprecedented learning loss in reading; and

WHEREAS, school libraries provide access to a wide variety of necessary educational materials such as books, magazines, newspapers, digital resources, online resources and information databases, and the technology needed to utilize these resources; and

WHEREAS, school libraries provide learning activities designed to enhance reading motivation and establish the information literacy skills necessary for lifelong learning; and

WHEREAS, the full potential of school libraries 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, it is fitting that special recognition be given to school libraries and the role of school librarians in education throughout the Commonwealth;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize April 2024, as SCHOOL LIBRARY MONTH in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.