Point to Ponder: Is Your Library Collection “the Great Equalizer?”

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iphone photos may 2011 557An editorial in this Sunday’s Dallas Morning News,¬†http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/sunday-commentary/20140321-are-we-neglecting-the-education-of-gifted-children.ece, Gifted Child, Left Behind, really made me think about the emphasis we place on making sure our libraries have books for struggling readers and readers of other languages but I am not sure what we do to support gifted students in terms of library collection development.

Author Amy Crawford really gave me pause in thinking of this issue. ¬†Libraries, particularly school libraries, are tasked with supporting the curriculum and promoting reading at all levels, for all students, etc. ¬† There are publishers we all know that specialize in ‘high-interest/low-level’ texts to appeal to those struggling readers and librarians certainly are cognizant of their respective populations and keep those populations in mind when it comes to book selection but what do we do to encourage those ‘precocious’ readers, those reading above their grade level, both in self-selected reading and in terms of the curriculum.

I would love to hear your comments, librarians!

Terry Roper

Terry Roper

Terry Roper, Library Consultant for Region 10 ESC. has been an educator/librarian in the North Texas area for 22 years. She has worked on elementary and high school campuses as well as central administration. Ms. Roper has experience dealing with English language learners of all levels and works closely with the Region 10 Literacy Team. Terry loves dealing with literacy and information dissemination and talking about book stuff!

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