CITGO INNOVATION ACADEMY
Celebrate Spring Poetry and Libraries this month!
There is a lot to love about the month of April. It is traditionally the start of Spring, it’s National Poetry Month and it is the month on the calendar that we celebrate libraries all over the world.
Here at the CITGO Innovation Academy, we are remembering the role of libraries through a “When In Doubt” Harry Potter Library Display. Libraries support communities in many different ways from early literacy outreach to technology classes for senior citizens. You may not know this but…
Libraries provide access. 98% of public libraries offer free wi-fi.
90% help people complete online government forms.
Libraries educate. Research shows that the highest achieving students attend schools with well staffed and well funded school libraries.
Students in high poverty schools are twice as likely to graduate when the school library is staffed with a certified school librarian.
Libraries promote diversity. There were 1.4 billion in person visits to public libraries across the U.S. and 133 million attendees at public library programs in 2016. That’s more than all MLB, NFL and NBA games combined.
Libraries help narrow the achievement gap by offering summer learning opportunities to kids of ALL backgrounds.
Libraries serve communities. 77% of libraries provide online health resources and 60% offer programs to help Americans identify health insurance resources.
73% of libraries provide programs that assist individuals who are applying for jobs, creating resumes and preparing for interviews.
Libraries and librarians have long been champions for your right to gather and share new ideas regardless of your economic situation or your political beliefs. So this month, take a moment and visit one of the 16,568 libraries in the U.S (that’s more libraries than Starbucks!) and celebrate the important role they play in the lives of people all over the world.
For more information about libraries visit: www.ala.org