I’m the librarian at an urban middle school that serves a diverse population of close to 1,100 students. We have a busy library in a Title I school that includes books, magazine, audio books, and of course, computers for student use. The library is the hub of the school, where students can find material for pleasure reading, homework, and research/projects.
Our students work hard all day, following a rigorous curriculum.
They are constantly challenged to learn and think and work so that they get good grades and make good high schools, which will lead them to good colleges.
Mrs. Keller, can I please print? If I had a penny for every time I heard that each school year, I could probably retire early. The library is always filled with students scrambling for last-minute printing. Students print their essays, research, and students print their homework. Even teachers come in looking for a place to print.
Families with tight budgets might offer a computer or tablet for their child, but they often save money by not having a printer in the house.
Therefore, our students rely on printing their work here in school. But the only place in school that consistently had a working printer has been the library.
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