FREDERICTON - Over two dozen members of New Brunswick’s Legislative Assembly will be visiting school libraries in their ridings on Monday, April 23, to read to students. The visits mark Canada Book Day and will highlight the importance of school libraries in the learning experiences of students. The visits are being hosted by the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 2745, representing over 3,400 education workers across the province.
“We are very happy to see so many MLA’s accepting our invitation, and helping foster a love for reading with our students,” says Sandy Harding, provincial president of CUPE 2745. “We are proud of our school libraries, and I believe the MLA’s will get to see first-hand how important they are to students.”
The MLA visits are part of CUPE 2745’s “Read Think Grow – School Libraries Matter” awareness campaign, emphasizing the importance of school libraries as 21st century learning spaces, and the need for adequate school library resources.
“It is our collective responsibility to ensure school libraries are well equipped learning places for the learners of today and tomorrow,” says Harding. “We are encouraging the MLA’s to take the opportunity to speak with our school library workers during their visits about the integral part school libraries play in students learning, adding to the literacy skills of New Brunswick youth.”