Curley K-8 Library Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 30, 2016
Contact: Ashley Rao, ashley.f.rao@gmail.com

CURLEY K-8 SCHOOL PARENT AND TEACHER COMMUNITY REVITALIZING CLOSED SCHOOL LIBRARY: LAUNCHES FUNDRAISER TO BUILD A MODERN LIBRARY FOR STUDENT ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Jamaica Plain, MA: With a passionate commitment to ensuring that all students are highly prepared academically and socially for the 21st century, parents and teachers of the Curley K-8 school in Jamaica Plain are coming together to rebuild and revitalize the school’s shuttered, outdated library.

The Curley library was shut down five years ago due to budget constraints. A group of dedicated teachers and parents joined together to form the Curley Library Committee, with the goal of making a modern, accessible library the heart and soul of its school — a place where students and teachers alike will be excited to explore and learn together. Schools with library programs perform better on standardized test assessments and enhance student learning achievement.*

“The entire Curley community, from students to teachers to parents and staff, is fiercely dedicated to making sure that all of our students can thrive and reach their fullest potential, and a modern library is critical to this goal,” said Katherine Grassa, Principal of the Curley K-8 school. “We are all grateful for the Curley Library Committee’s commitment to bringing back a fully functioning, vibrant library to serve our more than 900 students.”

The Curley Library Committee’s vision includes both old and new media that will capture the imagination and aspirations of students and teachers alike, including an updated collection of new books to support students’ literacy development and personal reading interests, and the technology and online resources to allow students to research, collaborate, and present information in line with digital expectations of the current generation of learners. Many Curley K-8 students are from families with very limited means — universal free breakfast and free lunch are available to all Curley students — and thus have limited access to computers, books and online resources.

The Committee plans to first invest in technology and rebuild the library’s old infrastructure, and then open a new, fully modern, staffed library and media center for the 2017-18 academic year. The total cost to revitalize and make the library fully functioning is $70,000 with funds covering lockable computer carts; the cost of renovations to an existing space, including furnishings (paint, furniture, shelving);an online catalog and circulation system; and new books and other materials to supplement the existing collection, which is currently un-cataloged.

According to the Curley Library Committee, the most effective school libraries have a diverse and updated collection of books, computers and other digital resources; are staffed by a qualified librarian who teaches information literacy skills and works in collaboration with teachers to support and expand curriculum; and are accessible to the whole school community through extended library hours, flexible scheduling, and regular student visits.*

To donate to the Curley K-8 Library, readers can go to www.paypal.me/curleyk8.

* Library Research Services, 2016 @https://www.lrs.org/data-tools/school-libraries/impact- studies/

Curley K-8 Library Fundraising