Pennsylvania Library Legislation

Pennsylvania State School Librarian Legislation Update – 4/1/2019

The “One Certified Librarian per Public School” Legislation is back!

Companion bills in both the PA House and Senate are being circulated in both chambers seeking co-sponsors. The bills not numbered yet since they have not yet been officially introduced and assigned to a committee, which is likely to happen in May.

CURRENT CALL TO ACTION

PA HOUSE: Contact your PA House Representative today to encourage him/her to sign the co-sponsorship memoranda being circulated by Rep. Mark Longietti (D-part of Mercer County) and Rep. Thomas Murt (R- part of Montgomery County and part of Philadelphia County). Refer to the bill as the “One Certified Librarian per Public School” bill.

PA SENATE: Contact your PA Senator today to encourage him/her to sign the co-sponsorship memoranda being circulated by Sen. John Blake(D-parts of Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Monroe counties). Refer to the bill as the “One Certified Librarian per Public School” bill.

To find out who your state legislators are and contact info, type your full address here.

Remember, you may have two sets of state legislators who you can contact—ones for your home address, and possibly different ones for your work address. Check both addresses and contact all Representatives and Senators!

The Ask: Please sign the co-sponsorship memoranda One “Certified Librarian” Per Public School

Possible Talking Points:

  • All students deserve to have access to quality resources and instruction that a school library program and certified librarian provides, not just those who live in a wealthy zip code.

  • School librarians teach students to evaluate information that they read, see or view, learning how to distinguish reliable and trustworthy information from misinformation and fake news.

  • Prison libraries are required to have certified librarians in Pennsylvania, but not our public schools.

  • Please add a personal story of how your school library program made a difference with a student!

 Resources to Help Advocate for the Legislation (.pdfs)