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Power Libraries: A Jump-Start to Developing a Quality Library Program

As we near the end of the school year, many of us start to brainstorm and reflect on what we would like to accomplish for the upcoming school year.  One idea that comes to mind is to start the process of becoming a Power Library.  As posted on the CDE Power Library website, “The Power Libraries Program is a statewide program designed to bring recognition to the role that school library media programs and staff play in promoting student achievement.”   Those of us who have been a part of the Power Library Program feel that this process has been beneficial to our staff and students in so many ways:  support from experts on how to develop a quality library program, visitations to schools with strong library programs, training and materials provided to developing librarians and accompanying teachers on a wide variety of topics such as collaboration, lesson ideas, leadership strategies, and so much more.   

Make your program an integral and indispensable asset to your staff and students today by showing them how libraries empower students in their journey to becoming information-literate twenty-first century graduates.  To apply for a developing or high-performance power library grant, visit the CDE Power Library website at http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/powerlib/  Applications are due by August 30, 2007.    

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