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WHEREAS, the first School Library Month was celebrated in 1985 by the American Association of School Librarians and has been celebrated nationally in April ever since; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia Association of School Librarians is a state affiliate of the national association that 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 libraries; and
WHEREAS, school libraries provide access to a wide variety of necessary educational materials such as books, magazines, digital resources, online resources, and information databases, as well as 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 on trained professional school librarians whose varied skills assist teachers and students in effectively using these wide range of information resources; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia is proud to recognize school libraries and the role of school librarians in education throughout the state of Virginia;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize April 2021 as SCHOOL LIBRARY MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.